Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Senior Art Students

You are about to begin your final for our second semester. For some of you, this is your last art class of your high school career. If I could leave you with anything, I would like to give you a little inspiration.

Please watch this video.
I hope it inspires you like it has me.

"My Wish"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Just Getting By.......

This year I am trying, again, to be better at blogging about my students' art work. I really enjoy blogging, the whole experience - writing, sharing what my students are creating, posting pictures... I just find it hard to force myself to sit down and do it. I always have one more lesson to research, one more copy to make, one more paper I need to take to the office, one more student to talk with. 

This year I'm struggling with keeping all of my students focused and interested in the projects. I want them ALL to enjoy art class. I'm playing music more often. I'm walking around more, sitting with them more. Sometimes I feel like I spend so much time trying to get those not interested, interested in the project - that I'm not working enough with those that WANT to learn more about art, those that LOVE art. This I find frustrating. The happy medium. Trying to please all. 
I came across a high school art blog, Art of Apex High School. Here they are talking about more choice in projects. As art teachers we choose the skills to learn, the medium to use, the size to create. The students follow the recipe and we grade - I grade - on effort, craftsmanship, and then the taught skill. This blog is talking about putting the higher level thinking on the student. The student needs to learn how to think. "What art teachers need to do is provide students with opportunities to make decisions themselves.To do the hard work of planning a project and fixing problems." Student centered model of teaching. 

This might solve my problem of keeping everyone interested. I presented one of my classes with 8 different lessons. I found them on Refrigeratorgood . They needed to choose one. For the beginning - SUCCESS. Everyone seemed to really like what they chose and are working contently on them. I might try this new way of teaching art in some of my classes. I am going to go even further and give them a topic and let them decide the rest. "2 in 1" is the next topic (which I'm stealing from Art of Apex High School). Transformations, morphing of an object into another, or 2 time periods depicted, 2 emotions, or so on...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Oil Pastel Self Portraits

For our second project in 8th grade we are working on oil pastel self portraits. I am having them use the 12 x 18 paper. They feel overwhelmed, some of them. But I am trying to get them to let go of the "I can't do that" and just TRY!!!! So, I took pictures of their faces close up. Then I used photoshop to desaturate and turn up the contrast. Then we looked at SouthColonie Central High School Art Gallery's of portraits by drawing and painting classes.

Plaster Hands

I found this great art teacher's blog -RefrigeratorGood. Artwork Worthy of a Magnet  and thought these plaster projects would be so much fun. So we tried it. It was pretty messy, difficult to get the chalky residue from the plaster to clean off of the tables, but too cold to do outside. We should have put newspaper down on the tables first.... So, we wrapped hands with plastic wrap, then used the plaster of Paris. Then I instructed students to create a graphic using 7 different letters with 7 different fonts, turning the letters to fit together with different sizes. Then they made multiple different sized copied of their graphic and decoupaged it to their hands. Project success, I think the students really enjoyed it also. 

Oil Pastel Self Portraits

We just started a new semester after Christmas vacation. So, this is the beginning of 8th grade with art. We started with some Name Tangles, or Name Zentangles - whatever you want to call them. I know I stole this assignment from a couple of different art teacher bloggers and mashed it into one assignment, but I can't find who I got it from. If I find it, I will repost.  (I found it here at The Bees Knees Cousin)

So, I altered the assignment a little. First, the students needed to find a font that they liked, but also a font that left the inside white. Then draw it vertically on their papers so their name touches top, bottom and both sides - turning their letters to ensure this. They outlined it with a Sharpie. Next they used the Sharpie and went right to zentangling. They were not allowed to repeat any zentangles. In the end, I introduced watercolor pencils for the inside of their names.

Overall, I loved how they turned out. Not everyone followed the directions exactly, but that's what happens in art sometimes - we get inspired to change.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Senior Art Class - Self Portrait Inspiration

Seniors please view my Pinterest board of Self Portraits for inspiration for you to create YOUR self portrait. Please take your time to really think about what YOU want to portray as you.

Click here

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Print Making to Pumpkin Carving

In Senior Art we started with the Pop Art Print Making assignment that had led us to using the linoleum cutters on pumpkins. Here are some pictures of their progress.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Print Making with the Senior Class

This printmaking project has turned out to be a lot of fun. I hope the students enjoyed it. I liked seeing some students that don't normally participate actually really get into the research, drawing, and/or carving portion of this assignment.