Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Welcome Back!

This new school year has been such a change. My husband and I moved across the country to the PNW and are loving it. I am still teaching middle school, just in a different location. The most notable difference is I have a kiln!! No more trucking school project to and from the high school to get fired. So pumped.

Here is a quick overview of what we have been up to.

Eighth graders have been working (some harder than others) on their monochromatic grid celebrity portraits. This has been an extremely long process but I am so excited that they are sticking with it!

Starting from the top left, seventh graders figured out two point perspective with out much difficulty, Eighth graders worked on their Danny Haas Inspired self portraits and blew my mind. We started our first clay project of the year, the first being Empty Bowls. I am excited to see how this project turns out. We will be donating the money earned to our backpack program that sends food home with kids on the weekend that might not otherwise be fed. Sixth graders tried their hand at clay whistles, about seventy percent succeeded in making theirs actually work. Fifth graders we working on individual clay totems that we will display as a group. Seventh graders used 12th century gargoyles as inspiration for their clay pieces. Lastly today I hung up some art in the district office. It is always so great to see how excited our board members get over our student's work.

What has been up in your classroom?


Friday, May 8, 2015

Britto Inspired 7th Grade Paintings

7th grade students looked at Brazilian artist, Romero Britto's colorful work. They then picked a favorite cartoon, hand drew it on a large paper added a smorgasbord of color,patterns and whala!

I loved how these turned out and students loved their freedom of choice when picking their images!!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Paper Mache Art History Letters

8th grade students have been learning about forms, and working in 3-D. Each student chose an artist whom either had the same first or last initial of their name. Some chose comic book artist or more contemporary artists while others chose more old school fine artists.

Adding in a literacy component, each child wrote a small essay about their artist and sent it to me using Google Docs. We are fortunate to have the computer lab right next to our class.

We used cereal boxes, tape and flour and water for our paper mache recipe.... It worked pretty well. I printed out bubble letter fonts for students to look at while they were drawing their letters. When we ran out of flour we used art paste, students didn't like the consistency as much.

If I do this project again I would love to work with an elementary school and create each letter of the alphabet based on the art history movements and artists.

Do you use paper mache in your class? What is your favorite recipe?



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