Friday, October 24, 2014

Matisse “Wild Beast” Collages

What started out as way to review color theory and mixing, turned into a Matisse-inspired collage ensemble. We worked on creating a background of unusual and intense color (tempera cakes and liquid florescent tempera), created a drawing of a "wild beast" to play homage to Matisse's nickname and finished with some stenciled and cut paper shapes.  Varnish was also added to the beast to create some contrast with sheen. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Surrealist Portraits (& Frida!)

Realistic portraits are never a favorite project of 8th graders.  This lesson helps overcome those complaints by combining the skills and technique of drawing portraits with a Surrealist collage twist. We discuss Frida's work (and even though she did not consider herself a Surrealist painter) we talk about why she could be considered one. After the project is finished, we write a short artist statement to explain the story behind our portrait. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Multimedia Still Life Drawings

Our second project in 8th grade art (after our Op Art drawings) was a still life multimedia work. Since it's always difficult to get 30+ kids around one small still life, I use my Ladibug camera to project the image on a screen. Using the camera also allows me to take a photo and post it into Edmodo so the students can view it and work on the project at home. 

We spent some time practicing observational drawing together first and then worked independantly to create our own works. Finished projects are shown below. 

Using the camera to project the still life objects...

This is how our still life appeared on Edmodo.

Adding the marker technique to our still life.

Using Crayola Stick Stixs to blend and show value. 

Torn magazine pages filled in our collage area. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

And we're back!

School has been in session for a few days now so it's time for new blog posts.

Below is a link for 8th grade ELOs (essential learner outcomes) as well as our digital smART card template that we use for vocabulary notes on our iPads. Also posted is our generic rubric template that we use at the end of each project.

New projects coming soon!