Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mondrian Vs. Seurat

So I went to visit Josh (the hubster) at his middle school, which lucky for us, is right down the road from my middle school. While Josh as in a meeting I snooped casually walked around the school looking at all the kid's art. And holy cow, their teacher is A-MAZING. He is new to the school but has been teaching for 18 years. My favorite project his students had just finished a quadrant portrait based on Mondrian and Seurat. So I asked if I could steal his idea, and he didn't mind at all. If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a glance at what they were working on.

My students used this rubric (feel free to use it). The art teacher at Josh's school has his students trace the figure from a transparency, but we just used a window. I know, I hate tracing too, but my students did a grid self portait and a grid flower, so they are highly familiar with how to draw it on their own, but this was just a time saver. The actual drawing isn't the meat and potatoes of this project anyway...but if you hate tracing so much you could do a grid drawing first.

So the basic gist of this project is, trace a celebrity, break it up into 4 different squares. One square must use Mondrian lines (black vertical and horizontal lines, with red blue and yellow, they also could use white but didn't have to). One square students used a pencil and showed value with lights and darks. One square the student used dots with only a black marker and the last square the student used dots (pointillism) but could only use red yellow and blue. 

They loved this project, it was easy enough and challenging enough for strong art students and students who had just taken one art class in their life to complete. They also took ownership in the project because they were able to pick their Celebrity on their own.

What is your favorite project that your students have been working on?

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