Monday, June 9, 2014

End of the year wrap up...

End of the year wrap up...Frank Big Bear portraits and CD mandalas.

Frank Big Bear portraits
For one of our last projects, we completed a colored pencil rendition of Frank Big Bear's unique portrait style. Value is highly stressed in this project as well as color schemes and how color effects artwork.

Our inspiration came from this great art ed blog post.

CD Mandalas

With our mandala designs, we look at radial balance and repetition of pattern. CDs were designed with colored Sharpies and 3D paint, while the paper boarder was created with colored pencil and black marker.

This project was introduced with the contemporary art of Suzan Drummen.

Sci/Art Game Board Design

7th grade students end their science class with a review board game design. This quarter, we designed and created the games in art as a collaborative group project. We began this unit by looking at famous board games like Life, Candyland and Monopoly and what makes those games artistically well-designed.  We also focused on how important the element of line is in board games (and commercially produced printed toys in general). Sharpies, colored pencils, metallic sticky paper and of course, 3D puff paint were our media choices in this project. Game markers were made with Model Magic and Fimo clay.

Student games focused the five science and health units covered in 7th grade: Exploring & Classifying Life, Cells & Chemistry of Life, Reproduction & Heredity, Ecology, Human Body and Diseases.

Mona and Her Cats!

Check out this fun photo prop that four 8th grade girls created over many, many lunch breaks this quarter.

After priming the board with acrylic paint, sketches were drawn in pencil and filled with chalk and oil pastels. Lots of layering and outlining the features finished the work.

Great job girls!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Infographics in art class!

As a cumulative project for both science and art class this quarter, 7th grade students made infographics using the online creator, Piktochart. Each student was asked to choose a environmental science topic to research and use that information and data to show graphs, facts and illustrations within their infographic. allows students to create a free account and access a number of free templates to plan their work. We spent some time looking at what makes a strong infographic (such as contrasting font color on the background, layering images to create depth, etc) before actually sitting down at the computer. We also used some guiding questions/statements to help organize our work. 

Our three essential questions/statements: 
Why should we CARE? 
What can we do to HELP? 
We need to know MORE!

After we finished our work, we saved the infographics as jpeg files and turned them in through Edmodo.

Students examples:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Architectural House Drawings

Every quarter in 7th grade art, we attempt an architecture drawing project. Last quarter, it was castle design. This quarter we went back to the old favorite of ornate, Victorian style homes. Using Deep Space Sparkle's Architecture Made Easy template drawing directions, we cruised through the beginning part of this work (I was gone the day the students started this and I came back to amazing results!).

Color was added with a pastel chalk graded background, and a water-based marker bleeding technique was used for inside the house. Colored Sharpies added a punch in areas too small for the bleeding technique.