Endangered Animals: A Drawing and Printmaking Project

Visual Art students began their drawing project by learning to use a grid. A grid enables students to gain confidence by breaking down complex images into simple (smaller) parts. Each of these images are hand drawn, using a small photo for reference. Students completed the drawing portion of this project by using a Sharpie marker to create contrast (similar to the notans they previously created). Color was added by using a simple printmaking technique. Students colored a piece of tin foil with markers, sprayed it with water and then pressed their drawing on the foil. The watercolor-esque result is beautiful and hard to control.

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Wonderful, Gorgeous Weavings

2D Studio students have been hard at work learning about textile art and creating with fibers! These modern weavings are absolutely breathtaking. Maybe, I am a little bias, but they are so stunning I want to steal them ALL and hang them around my home (not to worry, I would never actually do that, but it’s fun to dream). Students used a variety of weaving techniques (Raya Knots, Tabby Weaving, and Soumak Weaving) to create patterns and used a variety of shapes and lines (cough, cough… The Elements of Art). Some students wanted their masterpieces to be functional (sewn on a tote) while others opted to hang theirs on a wall!

Basic Weaving Techniques: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu_8OaVI4_w

Setting Up the Loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGBKwC0QZvE

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Pottery Wheels!

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The last month has been busy in the art room on many fronts, students have been busy creating and I have been feverishly writing grant proposals to get our ceramics programs up and running. Thanks to a generous donation by our PTO, we were able to order 5 pottery wheels. Last week, the Brevard Schools Foundation was kind enough to select our art room grant for funding, meaning we will now have all the supplies needed to teach students how to throw on the wheel and create functional pieces of stoneware (that means it’s not a paperweight, you’ll actually be able to put it in the microwave and dishwasher)!

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One of the reasons I feel learning pottery skills is so important in the middle school art room is that it requires patience,  teaches that small movements can have huge impacts and most importantly, when you your hands are full of clay you can’t use your cell phone (kidding, well…kind of)! In a world that moves with lightening speed, slowing down and creating functional pottery allows you to appreciate everyday items a little more.  Many of our surrounding high schools have wonderful ceramics programs so students leaving our art program will leave with necessary skills for success in upper level ceramics programs (and hopefully a lifelong love and appreciate for the arts).

PARENTS: Please keep a look out for a pottery flyer heading home with students next month (December). There will be a sign up for Friday evening pottery where your students can teach you how to throw on our wheels. Spaces are limited. 

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Notans: The Study of Dark and Light

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Notan is a Japanese word meaning dark and light. These Notans were created to increase the understanding  and awareness of positive (dark) and negative (light) space. Playing with positive and negative shapes creates dramatic results.

Students began with a 6×6 inch square of black paper, from there, they drew shapes (using a continuous line format) in each quadrant. Being careful not to lose any small pieces, the cut shapes were flipped onto white paper (creating a negative space on the black square and a positive space on the white paper). The process is simple but the results are nothing short of beautiful!

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