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Creating a Final Exam

It’s hard to believe that another school year has just about come to an end! For our final exam I felt it was important for students to create (it is an art exam after all). My goal for the year was for students to leave being a little more fearless, a little more willing to try something new and to be confident tackling problems that don’t have defined solutions. So what better problem to solve than creating a stuffed something in TWO HOURS! It wasn’t an easy task it required problem solving, time management and sewing by hand, but I am impressed by the results (more photos to come).

Sonia Delaunay, Design & Geometric Abstraction

Painting by Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay was the first living woman to have a retrospective at the Louvre and is probably best known for her bold geometric patterns. Delaunay spent most of her career in Paris, painting and designing alongside her husband Robert Delaunay. As we studied her work and life, we noted and analyzed important elements that made her work so appealing (color, line, composition). Students created their own, bold, geometric painting inspired by her design.

Julia, Grade 8
Acrylic on Paper

Kayla, Grade 7
Acrylic on Paper

For the RECORD…

Recycling materials allows students to see possibilities where others may see limitations. This project turned donated 45s into weaving looms. This lesson teaches students to create a radial weavings, tie knots and shows how weaving does not have to be linear.

Nothing makes you feel “wise” like being asked more times than I will admit is writing, “What is this thing?”, “How does it even work?”, “You mean, you couldn’t listen to music on your phone?” Shock. Total, jaw dropping shock, when I told my students I did not have a cell phone until my third year of college.

Their work turned into one impressive installation!

Introduction to Plaster Casting

Casting is an art technique that is essential to understanding, appreciating and creating sculptural works (plus, it’s really fun and totally messy). This week 2D Studio students created a clay “waste mold” (that means the mold only gets used one time) to cast weeds collected from our campus. One of the interesting things about casting is you have an opportunity to make something lasting out of something that is often short lived. Who knew weeds were this beautiful?!

Black Glue & Watercolor: Close Ups

Visual Art 2 students looked at the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. While she is most famous for her floral paintings, it is her view of the world around her that we studied. What I love most, is that she took the time to really look at her subject. It’s always nice (but maybe not easy) to put down your cell phone and just quietly look, then create.

Students used a grid to create their own close up using pencil, then homemade black glue and then pained their work with liquid watercolor.

Chinese Inspired Windsocks

If Lambchop grew up to be an art teacher, this project would have inspired her to change her tune….

“This is the project that never ends, yes, it goes on and on my friend. Some people started making it not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue making it forever just because. This is the project that never ends.”

Three weeks, 15 days or 720 minutes…however you look at it this project was l-o-n-g, long. High-fives all round to everyone involved. To create these windsocks students developed patterns using a collagraph, printed, painted and sewed. Lots of problem solving, lots of planning and lots and lots of determination.

Cubist Self Portraits

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Cubist art usually includes seeing more than one plane (for example, you may see a profile view and a front facing view of the face simultaneously) and focuses on geometric shapes. There is sense of freedom when creating art in this style because realism in abandoned. 2D Art students created this vibrant self portraits after studying the Cubist works made by Picasso and George Barque.

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