My busy bee 8th grade students are hard at work rendering their Piet Mondrian inspired cubes for their art installation for the show. These cubes are made of cardboard and painted with acrylic paint. They each have explored the use of primary colors, form, composition, and variety within these individual cubes. I cannot wait to put them together as our class installation! So exciting!
I am incredibly impressed with their progress throughout this year and appreciate how hard they have been working. Second semester since we have moved into our art room, students have blossomed with their level of creativity and self expression.
We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to showcase their artwork: Friday, May 31rst at 5:30pm. Students and the New West Charter Visual Art team hope to see you there!
Increasing my visuals and use of academic language in the classroom is always a focus for teachers. To help support my language learners I created cute horizontal and vertical art supplies!
I also impulsively added a photo bombing Bob Ross to my side window that is double sided. Lots of jumping students in the hallway gives me a good laugh.
So as most teachers know, classroom visuals are essential in every classroom, but with the help of my TAs and a couple of my exceptional students we went overboard with some fantastic pieces!
So in an effort to be more accessible online, and support fellow art educators in bringing relevant and rigorous, I have started posting resources on Teachers Pay Teachers. Currently I have 6 resources ranging in a daily activity to several week long units!
All of these have cross curricular elements to English, and Math!
A huge success! For this last unit, students worked in teams of 3-4 to create original recycled high fashion outfits. They were required to make a top, bottom, and accessories and have an overall theme for their design. Students presented their work in front of their peers at a school wide rally. Very proud of all of their hard work!
My students have been posting their work on ArtSonia. As a teacher it has proven to have a high level of training process for my students, many still struggle with answering artist statements and using their art vocabulary. This is an area of growth across all of the classes, but this online gallery really helps with promoting an art community on campus, keeping parents and families updated with current artworks, creates a digital portfolio so students can reference it later, builds student references for the following year, and has proven to be a helpful fundraising tool.
We have used it for posting sketchbook and final projects. On a side note: It is a fantastic way of documenting work to reference during parent meetings as well!
It is officially published!
This is a FREE beginner course looking at the application of shape, line weight, and pattern, while preserving atmospheric perspective on a stylized landscape.
Course Link to Skillshare
About the Project:
The objective of this class is to create a stylized landscape line drawing. Students will be working from photo reference. Projects will need to have a Foreground, Middle ground, and Background. Projects must have variance of line weight, pattern, and atmospheric perspective.
1. Find landscape reference & print
2. Sketch your overall layout. Focus on foreground, middle ground and background.
3. Block in your basic shapes of your landscape elements. Think about how you will simplify organic shapes such as trees, bushes, rocks, cacti, etc.
4. Add pattern. Remember items in the foreground will have more details than those in the background.
5. Make some of your lines thicker to bring emphasis to your focal point or to add eye movement.
6. Share your art piece and comment on your peer's artwork!
Thin & Thick tip sharpie (Or Micron Ink Pens of Varying Weight)
So it is the beginning of the school year, and I have begun teaching at a new school this year. Currently I share the art studio with another lovely art teacher, but went wild this summer decorating the room with word walls, visual aids, and project examples. **NOTE: the bottom two photos look blurry till you enlarge them because they are panoramic shots**
The main pride and joy project that our art department is focused on is school community engagement. We have created two engaging boards in the common area for all students to participate in. One is the mystery artist of the month, and the second is a post-it masterpiece board.