Drawing & Painting II students are working to create these amazing button inspired trees. So often in Drawing & Painting we forget we can work in low-relief (raised off the surface slightly). We used buttons to create a layers, textural effect. After attaching them to the page we added contour lines to create the surface pattern for the tree. In the negative space students developed a pattern to represent leaves.
Drawing & Painting I students used a light bulb as a visual prompt for their newest journal page. They were able to make the light bulb look as if it was being broken, fractured or coming apart while paint spilled, exploded or dripped out from the inside. Using colored pencils, markers and chalk pastels they the opportunity to mix media and play with the fun idea!
In between all of our large projects we stop and take an "art stretch" in our journals. Using a fortune cookie as our inspiration, Drawing & Painting II students worked from observation to complete these small sketches. They used water soluble graphite pencils to create the values and textures. When they were done drawing everyone eagerly cracked open their cookie to discover their fortune and shared it with the class. Using their drawings, the fortune and patterned papers, they created an homage to their fortune in their journals.
"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