Intro to 3D Art is all about different types of sculpture - additive, subtractive, relief, kinetic, assemblage - using a variety of materials - cardboard, wire, fabric, found objects, plaster, clay, foam, and sometimes even garbage like some of the artworks from this post. The goal is to experiment and PLAY with the sculpture materials to see what they can do.
Clay is always a favorite. When I introduce clay, we talk about the different stages of clay, important clay vocabulary, common clay tools, and basic hand building techniques. By the end
of the week, students know what plastic, leather-hard, greenware, bone dry, and bisque mean. They know how to slip and score and they've practiced pinch, coil, and slab techniques. Some of these students will continue using these skills and techniques in Ceramics class, others will just enjoy the processes shown below.
Eighth graders explored printmaking this week. They tried:
Print Around the Room was inspired by Cynthia Gaub's Around the Room activities.
While most students thought of this as a "fun" activity (which, of course, it was!), I had a secret agenda! These were made by students in grades 8 through 12 in all classes - Intro to 3D Art, Intro to 2D Art, Painting, and Art 8. Check out our creative artworks:
Upcycle, refurbish, transform, convert, repurpose... These are all popular trends in our world today. We, in the United States, turn out so much garbage each day and most of it ends up sitting in landfills. While upcycling might not be for everyone, Intro to 3D Art students were challenged with the idea of "repurposing."
To repurpose means to change or adapt in some way in
order to use for another purpose.
Create an artwork in which some portion of the artwork includes a repurposed materials - something that is not being used for it’s original purpose. We started by looking at Marcel Duchamp's Readymades (see previous post).
Next, we talked about common ways that people repurpose. Here's a few examples that we looked at and talked about. The ketchup bottle/pancake batter one is just silly. Perhaps I did something wrong, but the results were disastrous!
We also looked at artists that repurpose.
Then, students were asked to bring in items from home to repurpose. Items included: old records, cardboard, egg cartons, plastic spoons, bailing twine, old jump ropes, cd's, maps, unwanted jewelry, an old dresser drawer, and many other unique items. Students created unique works of art out of items and objects that might otherwise have ended up as trash.
Intro to 2D Art students just finished their most recent artwork. Students learned how to mix colors, practiced brushstrokes and tried out a Bob Ross style landscape. Then we learned about repetition. Repetition is when one object or shape is repeated in an artwork. We talked about different ways to show repetition and looked at some famous artworks that use repetition.
Most students decided that the best way to show repetition was NOT repeating the exact same object over and over, but found more interesting ways to include that concept in their artwork. Students spent time generating ideas and developing the particular painting techniques they needed to work on for their artworks. After a few work days, we did a "speed dating" style critique. Students sat face to face, talked about favorite restaurants, most recent shows watched on Netflix, books they are reading and also shared about how they came up for the idea for their artworks, how they're showing color and repetition and then shared suggestions for improvement.
Finished artworks all turned out unique, like the artists that created them. My favorite part of a TAB classroom (Teaching for Artistic Behaviors) is that students have freedom to choose what their art looks like. Even though the main themes in this unit were color and repetition, no two artworks were alike. Students are learning to think critically, take risks, reflect on and revise their artworks and the outcomes are remarkable.
In the Pierz High School Art Room, each day of the week has a different theme: Media Monday, Critical Thinking Tuesday, Throwback Thursday, and Reflection Friday. Wednesday is reserved as a full workday. No 5-Minute Demo or artist talk, just work time. Here's what we're working on today:
Intro 3D is working on an Artists Repurpose artwork. Students were to bring in a non-art material to use in their art. Some of the items include: egg cartons, bailing twine, jump ropes, costume jewelry, cd's, greeting cards, sheet music, spoons, an unused dresser drawer. It's interesting watching students transform cast-off items into art!
Intro 2D art students are working on showing color and repetition. We practiced color mixing, different types of brushstrokes and talked about composition. Here are some students working on their artworks:
Painting students are starting the Artists Steal unit. We looked at some traditional artists that used appropriation and some contemporary artists accused of "stealing" ideas from others. Today, students were challenged to make a remix or parody of famous artworks. Just a sampling of what we started did today:
Eighth graders are starting their observational artworks. Students are in the Generate and Develop stage - come up with an original idea and then work to improve art skills. Here are some of them developing skills:
Be sure to look at the art blog again in the future to see more of our progress!
Painting students started the semester with a new twist on observational art. First, we talked about what it means to observe. Here are some of their comments:
- looking closely
- noticing details
- see things that you otherwise might not notice
- looking with purpose or intent
Next, we looked at some traditional artists and talked about what subjects they like to observe (figures, landscapes/nature, animals, architecture) and how they observe (mostly realistic, some stylized or abstracted).
Then, we looked at some contemporary artists and discussed at how they observe compared to traditional artists. Students brainstormed things they had observed. Some ideas were similar to some traditional and modern artists - landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and portraits. But some students went deeper - the color and feel of music, a murder mystery artwork, basic human rights, and even social groups and cliques in high school. We might not have solved all the world's problems, but ended up talking about a lot of things that are important to students that needed to be brought up.