My 2nd hour class is now Drawing/Painting. Their first project was a simple Monochromatic Landscape painting. This was a good chance for some Color Theory, paint mixing 101 and basic brush control. Monochromatic is using one HUE from the Color Wheel (Blue, for example) mixed with Black, White, or Grey.
White = Tint
Grey = Tone
Black = Shade
Up next, students are working on Spirit Animal illustrations based on the current artist Romero Britto. Romero Britto is a Brazilian Pop artist that has work all over the world. He is the official ambassador for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and had work in Super Bowl halftime shows, US stamps, and in the 2010 World Cup. Students are also required to write a brief artist statement explaining why they chose their particular Spirit Animal.
Pictured below are final projects from the 2nd hour Painting class, consisting on freshmen and sophomore students. The background was completed first. Each student chose a base color, or hue. Starting with white paint, more and more of their color was added to create the gradient. After the background was complete, trees were added in layers of tints of the original color.
Third trimester is already here! In addition to a Painting class, I am teaching two brand new courses for North Central - Art History and Mixed Media. I am very excited about both of them, and have a lot of creative lessons planned.
This week, my Painting class did an overview of color theory. Their first painting is a classic monochromatic tree project. The final results will be completed at the end of the week.
The Art History class started from the beginning with prehistoric art. They researched some of the first examples of art - Venus of Willendorf, Caves of Lascaux and Stonehenge. Wednesday was spent experimenting with clay and applying concepts they researched. Thursday, we moved to Egyptian Profiles, which are due on Friday.
The Mixed Media class is completing a collage inspired by the artist Michelle Caplan. Items that must be included in the piece are text, painting, newspaper collage and a photo transfer using Mod Podge.
Check back for results to be posted soon!
First post of the new school year is here! Classes are broken down more specifically this year - much to my delight.
1st Hour Drawing
2nd Hour Painting
3rd Hour Prep
4th Hour Intro to Art
Afternoon - Elementary
The pictures below are from the first week of my Painting class. Their first painting was our "starting point" as they painted a basic black and white still life. I wanted to use this as a reference point as we progress through the class. It will be interesting to look back at the end of the class and see how their skills have improved.
After the still life, students learned about mixing paint. They are now experts on the difference between tint, tone, and shade. (Add white, gray, or black to paint to change its value) We will soon be starting their first big project - a Monochromatic Painting with a trendy twist. I am excited for the results. Until next time, thanks for reading!