Thursday, February 22, 2018

Abstract Art

8th grade students learned about abstract expressionist painters Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler this week. Students then created art using similar methods used by those artists. Students said they loved this painting process and wanted to do more. That is always good to hear and I'm impressed by their work too!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Painting New Planets

6th grade students are learning about planets in their science classes. So in art class they used the fluid painting technique with various colors of tempera paint. At the beginning of each day we discussed the inner and outer planets and the asteroid belt that divides them. We also discussed the planets made mostly of gases and those with more solid rock. They wanted to make more than one so I'm proud of their interest and enthusiasm during this project.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A New Semester

A new semester has started, and students are designing digital portfolios for their artwork. This will allow students to reflect on their progress over time. Students are also planning a surprise for our bus drivers this month.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Portrait Drawing

Students in 8th grade learned how to draw portraits in January. Students could draw themselves or a celebrity using pencil. Good to know that today's generation still loves Bob Ross!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Weaving in Winter

Winter weather is here and it is getting cold outside. 8th grade students learned how to weave this December. Students learned about the various techniques used when weaving and applied those into their art projects. Students amazed me with their dedication to this assignment. I think they really enjoyed it because the classroom was very quiet.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Medicine Shields

November is National Native American Heritage Month. 8th grade students learned that medicine shields were often created using animal skins. Native Americans then added animal imagery relating to individual personalities. They were believed to bring good health when traveling. Art students researched their spirit animal(s) and then created their own unique medicine shield to display.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Digital Art

We have been drawing digitally with Google Drawings. My 7th grade students were given the basics and allowed the time to learn Google Drawings. I showed them my Google drawing of a house and then students were required to construct a house with landscaping and other elements. It was a learning curve for many but eventually students were drawing some impressive colorful scenes. Several are timely considering that Halloween is approaching soon. From inside my office I hear many positive comments out in the hallway.