The last day of school this year is different than any other year. No students. Dark rooms quiet halls. The art room is a sad, lonely place. Usually on this day, we're finishing up artworks, cleaning out cubbies and packing away supplies.
The final artwork of the semester is usually some kind of self-portrait. The goal is to focus on the "connect" art standard -
After getting some inspiration from other artists, students brainstormed factors that contributed to their identity and came up with a plan, using whatever materials were available at home, to create a self-portrait.
Some of the artworks looked like the student, others didn't show the outward appearance of the artist but focused on traits, personality, and interests.
Our goal last week was be to create some environmentally friendly art. Students had multiple options that included:
- Natural materials
- Repurposed or recycled materials
- Spending time in nature
As always, students were encouraged to make their artworks original and meaningful. Make something that means something.
We started by looking at the history and purpose of Earth Day:
Then we looked at artists that create art with natural materials or recycled materials. Below are a few of the contemporary artists that we looked at more closely.
Students had multiple options to choose from, or come up with their own nature inspired idea. Some took photos in nature looking closely at pattern and texture, some worked with natural materials, a few did nature inspired artworks, and some created artworks out of recycled materials. Below are a few examples of the many unique artworks that were created this week.
In their reflections, students were also asked how art can be used to raise awareness about environmental issues. Here are some of their responses from 8th grade students:
Students are continuing to make art this spring, but they're doing it COVID style: working from home with whatever materials are available. The goal is still the same: persist, stretch, explore, do your best. Each week we're trying something different.
Here are some of the things we've done so far:
8th graders created observational artworks practicing reflecting and refining.
Intro to 2D and Intro to 3D art students did some creative problem solving and made art using whatever tools and materials they had available at home. One kind-hearted student used this as an opportunity to deliver gifts to classmates she wasn't able to see at school.
Students also reviewed the color theory then created color wheels with found objects:
Who knows what the next month will bring, but we will continue to make art!
The art room sits empty after the governor's announcement to transition to distance learning for the foreseeable future. Strange to think that the last "normal" school day this year was Friday, March 13.
Second semester is off to a good start! New classes, new students and lots of different things going on in each of the classes.
Each class started off with some media exploration. We worked on STRETCH and EXPLORE with new and different materials and DEVELOP CRAFT to learn the tools and techniques to go along with them.
Intro 2D Art students explored drawing materials.
Intro 3D students tried cardboard and found object sculptures, altered books, among other materials. The goal was to PLAY with the supplies and figure out what each of the materials was capable of.
Collaboration between students produced many unique sculptures!
Ceramics students made play-dough the first day of class!
Eighth Graders started out with Draw Around the Room - learning drawing vocabulary and testing out the different drawing materials available.
This time of year is always exciting... what will we create this semester?
It's the end of first semester and students are working on final artworks. Students in all classes are focusing on making connections in art - looking at how influences and is influenced by society, culture, and history - particularly at contemporary Minnesota Native American artists. Here are a few of the artists we looked at for inspiration:
Lots happening in the art room the week before winter break!
In 3D Art, students making figures out of clay are waiting for them to dry. They're using their time and resources to make gifts for family and friends. A group of girls from 2nd hour are working on ornaments and trinket dishes.
Continuing our tradition, today was Hand Turkey Tuesday. Students started by tracing their hand and then were able to create their own unique hand turkey based on personal interests, pop culture, celebrities, or art history.
Check out Hand Turkey art from last year.
We had a different kind of "art show" at parent/teacher conferences tonight. Student artists in most classes are still in progress on first artworks so we tried something different... Images showed the creative process of artmaking with an interactive, social media twist. Viewers could get a quick view of what student artists are currently working on and could “like” artworks by placing actual hearts on the instagram-like displays. Thanks to everyone who participated!