Happy New Year and welcome back! Here in the northeast we are just coming back from the holiday break and a snow storm, capped off by a deep freeze. We are in the middle of our first full week back and I am happy to say we are onto some new projects.
Drawing & Painting I just started their POP Art printmaking unit with an introduction to Andy Warhol and all things Pop Art. We are planning out our linoleum designs and will be carving next week.
Drawing & Painting II is working on blind contour drawings. After getting the initial giggles out, we were able to complete a series of portrait drawings that will be used for a final drawing. We made great progress this week adjusting our line quality and truly observing.
AP Drawing is on their last Breadth Assignment. It is hard to believe we will be done in just 3 short months. We are just a week away from our midway concentration critique. Keep an eye out for that post. It is one of my most favorite activities of the year and my students always wow me with their insight.
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.
Day 2 of monoprints! Today everyone used their figure drawings to create monoprints and collages . Using the previous days experience, compositions and color schemes were a bit more thought out. Next class period, we will combine prints and drawings to create a mixed media breadth assignment that emphasizes the positive and negative shapes and lines of the human form.
Today we had such a great day in AP Art! I mean... really super great day! We were monoprinting with gelli plates. Ok, the set up was a lot and making the gelli plates did take some time. But (insert whoo hoo here) it was exciting. We flipped the classroom and students prepped for the lesson on their own. They were given an electronic folder of on-line resources and videos to review before starting. Students prepped stencils and color schemes before coming into the classroom. This allowed students to jump right in and start printing. Each student had their own printing station and space to create a multitude of prints. Students were layering acrylics, using stencils, incorporating their figure drawings, cutting original stencils, adding xerox transfer and hand coloring. And tomorrow...we get to do it all again!
If you are interested in taking classes outside of school, here are two opportunities. University of the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design both have Spring classes gearing up to start in February. Just stop into G115 to take a look at the brochures or just click the links below.
The AP art students just handed in their 4th concentration of the year. As you can see there are many different ideas and concepts being explored. It is great to see students using mixed media(orchids), incorporating newly techniques (working in reverse) and working on different paper surfaces (chess game). We are just 2 concentrations from our mid year review. At that time we will look at how the concentration has developed and where we want to go from there. Stay tuned!
Congratulations! Sara had her artwork (above) selected for the NJPAC Early Winter Exhibit sponsored by the AENJ. Sara's artwork is a fantastic still life that she completed from observation. She used color pencils and spent a lot of time on the small details and logos. By choosing to use a group of similar objects Sara was able to unify the composition. The overlapping and tipped angles also help to create some a triangular composition.
AP Drawing is well into the second marking period with the reductive charcoal drawings. Yes...they are messy and there are bits of charcoal trailing around the classroom.. BUT- they are just awesome! Working from observation, on a heavy mixed media paper with compressed charcoal, students are drawing skeletons using erasers. We are creating value and texture by removing the charcoal. The results are instant and you can really appreciate the negative spaces in the skeleton. We are only spending three days on these but they are probably one of my most favorite projects of the year. This is marking making at its best!
"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