Drawing & Painting II finished these portraits awhile back and they have just been waiting to be hung up in the G-wing showcases. Here is the first batch of portraits. You can see a mashup of contour line portraits, as well as, single subject portraits. The color scheme was open but students needed to use the wide range of value in their portrait to create the planes of the faces. Some students incorporated words and patterns while others used subtle color changes in the negative space. We used oil pastel and sharpie marker. These oil pastels are water soluble so they can be used blended to create smooth transitions.
Drawing & Painting II students are almost done with their mixed media figures. Using portions of their photos to collage with, students added bold patterns and fun fashion to create a mixed media work of art. We are still adding lines and paying careful attention to line quality. Some students have begun to add color pencil to create depth on top of the marker base.
Drawing & Painting II are moving along with their cropped drawing of flowers. After completing rough drawing and thumbnails to work out the composition, they are testing colors. Using their previous knowledge of color theory, students are matching colors and textures found in their flowers and plants.
Such great timing! Yesterday Drawing & Painting II began their unit on Nature as Inspiration and we looked at the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and other artist using nature and the natural environment as the subject of their art work. Well today is O'Keeffe's birthday! As I was checking in on Instagram, it was so cool to see to many tributes to this highly influential and talented artist. The birthday cake is just bananas!
Drawing & Painting II just finished up their surrealism drawings are beginning to work on their observational drawings of skulls. It just happens to be Friday the 13th and all of the skulls add a spooky vibe to the room.
Today students will be creating thumbnail sketches to warm up with the different parts and proportions of the skull. Working in their sketchbooks using regular pencil, they will pay careful attention to the light source and values they see.
Next class period we will move on to drawing the skull on good paper and look at how value can be created in reverse.... white pencil on black paper.
Drawing & Painting II students wrapped up the week completing all of their hands and insect drawings for their surrealism project. Next week we will officially take a look at compositions and how we can best organize the elements within our drawing. A few students started to experiment with their compositions using the light table to physically move around all of the parts of their image. This gives students the change to overlap, tilt, and layer images before going to the good paper. Great start everyone!
Last year during the launch of the ARTS ED NOW campaign I asked students to finish the statement "Today an art student, tomorrow...?" The responses were wonderful that I decided to take on this little project again this year. However, for students who I had last year we modified the statement a bit to include the years they have been in an art class. Some student responses are literal careers, others are in the moment and some simply describe their hopes and dreams for the future. We will create a display in the classroom with our responses to help remind us how valuable art is as part of our personal and educational foundation.
"The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world."
Mrs. Dorothy Amme
Visual Arts Teacher
Piscataway High School