Thursday, January 28, 2016

We are still here! Abstract Value Portraits

It's been a while since we've posted updates about our class doings but we are still here! Check out our Value Portraits that 7th graders completed last week.

We started with practicing facial features and proportions, but it was up to the students how much realism would be included in the final piece. Value shading was also a big concept as we worked on this through a class demo and individually through a value study worksheet. We discussed different ways to apply value changes (hatching, cross-hatching, scumbling, blending, etc). In the final work, students chose how they wanted to represent value within the abstract shapes.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Oil Pastel Landscapes

Landscapes are one of our major areas of focus in 7th grade, especially when we take a more abstract approach when creating them. 
After practicing a variety of landscapes (mountain-scape, seascape, desert-scape) we create are own version on black construction paper. The concept of atmospheric perspective is used to help define space without using linear perspective. This quarter, we used both oil pastel and chalk pastel and the results were dramatic. Before the pastel goes on, we outline our landscape drawings with glue to create a fluid and bold outline.

This project was based off a popular method we've used here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Welcome 7th grade! Zentangle Animals

We are currently wrapping up week two of the new school year. We are almost done completely our first project, Zentangle Animals. We have had a some great experience in class with watercolor techniques as well as creating complex patterns known as Zentangles. This project focused on the Studio Habits of Develop Craft, Envision and Reflect. Beautiful work 7th grade!

Techniques we covered in class:
Graded wash
Wet in wet
Dry brush
Rubbing alcohol