Drawing & Painting II students are just starting to print. After completing their good black and white print they are on to experimenting. Some students are printing on collage paper, others using text, while some are hand coloring. In the end, each students will hand in three prints: good black and white, print done on a painted surface and a print with text.
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.
Drawing & Painting II period 1 just handed in their linoleum print projects. Working from observation students created line drawings of various plants and transformed their drawing into a black and white image. Each student created a series of print from a simple black and white print to more experimental prints such as hand coloring, printing on a collage surface to mixing different inks. They also learned how to use a printing press.
"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