It been just 3 days but we have already created paste paper using a variety of techniques and are well on our way to constructing our journals. We will be using our journals throughout the year for a variety of assignments that give each student the opportunity to explore,expand and experiment with newly learned materials and techniques.
Drawing & Painting I are working on OP Art! Using contrasting colors and patterns they had a choice of 3 different styles of OP Art to pick from. However, each project reinforces the use of value, contrast and color theory. They also could chose their medium and approach to completing the project. They should be done in a couple more periods.
This year my students have really been into coloring mandala designs. When they have a few minutes they will color here and there. I came across this cool quilt design that looked a lot like a mandala. Using the radial pattern we worked as a group to complete a large mandala project. Each student created a quarter of circle, incorporating five points across the top of their curved lined. There were no limits on color, technique or style. In the end it was pretty cool and fun to watch it come together slowly. However, if I were to do it again I might try other shapes, maybe limit color and encourage more overlapping of pattern.
Drawing & Painting I students are working their way through the value scale. As they begin to put in their darker values the facial features start to take shape. Along the way we are learning how to hold a paint brush, manage the consistency, create clean edges and properly store our projects and palettes. We should be done with these in few more days. Then... on to acrylic paint part two.
Welcome to 3rd marking period and acrylic paint. Drawing & Painting I has started their monochromatic self portraits. After going over the basic properties of acrylic paint, set up and clean up we started some basic color mixing while working on a value sheet. Students are working to chose a color or colors to use on their portrait.
DPI students are printing their linoleum blocks! First they must do a test print to see how the carving came out (keep carving if you don't like it). After they do the test print, they must be able to create one good black print that is neat, clean and consistent. Students are quickly realizing how difficult that can be. Once they get that print done they are on to mixing inks, experimenting with different papers, hand coloring and collage prints. This is always my favorite part of the project...watching students experiment and think about color. It is like you can see the gears turning as they mix two colors, then 3 and eventually they just go for it... usually ending in mud. But that's okay because that is part of the process. Next, they are creating an original composition for their final project: a group of 4 or more prints that is unified by a color scheme, pattern or technique.
Drawing & Painting I is working on their pop art prints. After taking a peek into the life and impact of artist, Andy Warhol, students are using comic inspired images to create relief prints.
"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