Hand Turkey Tuesday is a modern twist on the classic hand turkey drawing. We've probably all traced our hand and turned it in to some kind of turkey, but with this updated version, your hand turkey can be anything you want it to be, and more! Students started by tracing their hand, as usual, then dove into their own personal interests to come up with a new theme for their turkey. See some of our best turkeys in the slide show below.
TASK party was created by contemporary artist Oliver Herring. TASK is an improvisational event with a simple structure and few rules. Decide on a space (the art room), gather materials (cardboard, plastic bags, pencils, tables cling wrap, tape, markers…) and the students who agree to follow two simple, procedural rules: draw a piece of paper from the “TASK pool,” and interpret it any which way he or she wants, using materials at hand. When a task is completed, a participant writes a new task, pulls a new task, and so on. The environment is both chaotic and purpose driven. Learn more about TASK here at oliverherringtask.wordpress.com. We had a BLAST interpreting our tasks and working together! Sound like fun? Come to the High School Showcase night on Wednesday, March 14 to participate yourself!
I LOVE printmaking. It's definitely love. Some of my past students think I'm a little goofy (not just for the love of printmaking!) but I really enjoy the PROCESS of printmaking. You really have to think about it. With drawing, it's immediate. If I want to draw a cat - BOOM - there's a cat. Just like that. But with printmaking it's different. You have to PLAN it out. How would I make it backwards? What would happen if I carve out more here? How can I add texture? Pattern?
Students learned printmaking vocabulary and were able to try out five different types of printmaking: Mono print using Gelli plates, relief print using Soft-Kut, very simple Screen printing, collograph using cardboard and other mixed materials, and relief print using styrofoam. I gave them a suggested theme for each station or they could come up with their own ideas.
At the end of the printmaking unit, a few think I’m goofy, others decide that they probably won’t try it again, and many begin to understand my love for printmaking,