Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

STEAM Collaboration- Periodic Table Sculpture

BMS students are so excited to begin this new STEAM-infused project happening this quarter! 

Overview of the project-
During Q2 and Q3, some STEAM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are planning a multi-grade, multi-subject Periodic Table sculpture project that will tie in with a mural being planned in the media center. The Periodic Table Sculpture will be a permanent piece of art for our building.
Students in 7th grade tech and science as well as 8th grade science and art students are all going to invest in parts of the planning, research and/or creation of the table sculpture.
In order to kick this off this multi-grade, multi-subject collaborative project, 7th and 8th grade students will be watching Nova's Hunting the Elements documentary this Friday afternoon.

Today in 8th grade art class, we are matching the 10 groups of the periodic table to our 10 material choices. Mirror, leather, granite, glass tile, shiny and burnished metal, Plexiglass, stone tile and two wood species will make up our giant table of elements sculpture. We'll be posting the results of the material survey soon. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Picasso Portraits (tooling foil edition)

Picasso Portraits are an 8th grade lesson we've done a number of times here at BMS. We start with practicing realistic portraits by looking at facial proportions and do a couple of "draw together" activities. Typically, I will draw and project on my Ladibug doc cam and students will follow along with me.  I also show a number of YouTube demo videos on specific parts like eyes and noses. One of my favorites for a realistic eye=>>>>

After we feel comfortable with drawing a realistic face,  we move on to creating a portrait done in the Cubist style. I spend lots of time emphasizing the fact that a Cubist work shows multiple views in one artwork.  Again, we practice together before we start the final work.

This quarter, the project was created on metal tooling foil. We drew a final copy and then that image was embossed on the foil using a ball-point pen. Color Sharpies were used to show emphasis, pattern, gradation of color as well as texture though the embossing of the metal.

Students were also asked to mount the foil on a piece of distressed cardboard for display. We made small wooden stands from scraps from the tech department.

A twist on an old favorite!

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.