MS: Single-Line Contour Drawing

Students continued their unit based in fundamental drawing skills by creating another series of contour drawings.

The rule for this contour drawing was simple: use only one line. To force students to stick to this rule, each was given a single, 2-foot piece of wire. With the limited amount of wire, students had to consider which features were most important to include. Students created several revisions, chose their most successful, then glued them to a paper background.

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MS: Modified Contour Drawings

Students began their next unit based in fundamental drawing skills by creating a series of contour drawings.

The first contour drawing activity was designed to force students into making mistakes then work with those mistakes. Students chose a series of images that they tried to recreate using black glue drippings from a bottle. Students had limited control of the glue, which encouraged students to focus on large details and proportion, rather than small details.

 

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6th: Adinkra Cloth Designs

6th grade has been learning even more about cultures and what influences them in their development. Tradition is one such influence on the development of culture. Students have been exploring many different kinds of traditions that take place in different cultures around the world. For this project, students learned about the artisans of the Adinkra cloths in Ghana, which are made from the designs of hand-carved stamps.

Starting from sketches, students had to design 4, 3″ x 3″stamps. The goal of the students was to create abstract stamps that utilized the positive and negative space of their whole square. The designs were then used to create their stamps from foam paper.

Each of these square stamps was used to create a larger design, inspired by the Adinkra cloths.

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4th & 5th: Stamp Creation and Printmaking

After several exercises to better understand positive and negative space and how it can be used in a work, students designed their own 5″x 7″ stamps using scraps of foam paper which they then glued to a foam background. Students then created backgrounds they felt would best display the design of their stamps. Finally, students learned the process of printmaking and applied their stamp to their painted backgrounds.

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MS: Stereotype Bobbleheads

Students in the Fall Middle School elective class finished their semester of exploring their own identities and their communities by creating self-portrait bobbleheads. The bobbleheads were constructed with Model Magic, wire, and acrylic paint.

Each student’s task was to address a stereotype they face through the creation of their bobblehead. Each bobblehead was later combined with text and additional visuals to debunk this stereotype. This project got students talking about why stereotypes exist and how each member of a community can affect change, particularly through artmaking and visual literacy.

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“I wear glasses and can still be a hero.”
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“Girls can be strong too.”
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“I can be messy and still get good grades.”
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“Nobody can be perfect.”
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“Just because I have good grades, doesn’t mean I don’t have a life.”
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“I’m a girl and play sports.”
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“I’m thin – society says I have to be a model.”

4th & 5th: Notan Designs

Students began learning about postive and negative space by participating in the creation of their own Notan-inspired designs. Notan is a traditional art from originating from Japan where the artists cut out designs they then “flip” to the outside border. Results are always stunning!

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6A: Chalk Installation

To complete our unit on community, students collaborated to create an art installation.

Students learned about pixels, optical color mixing, and artmaking through grids. Inspired by artists such as Chuck Close, students had to choose an image representative of the community that would be viewing it. Then, students were led through the process of grid creation.

It is through this grid and collaboration that we were able to perform a temporary art installation for the school community from chalk.

How amazing it was to see the hard work of each student! Next to the piece, it is nearly impossible to see what the image contains. From above, however, we were able to cheer and high-five over our beautiful accomplishment!

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Art & Ideas: Final Exhibition

Students in the Art & Ideas elective worked to generate individual bodies of work that fulfilled the following requirements: they needed to learn a new skill, perform research, add meaning, and execute their ideas. The final products of their hard work and creativity was put into a final exhibition on Thursday, December 8th.

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6B: Chalk Installation

To complete our unit on community, students collaborated to create an art installation.

Students learned about pixels, optical color mixing, and artmaking through grids. Inspired by artists such as Chuck Close, students had to choose an image representative of the community that would be viewing it. Then, students were led through the process of grid creation.

It is through this grid and collaboration that we were able to perform a temporary art installation for the school community from chalk.

How amazing it was to see the hard work of each student! Next to the piece, it is nearly impossible to see what the image contains. From above, however, we were able to cheer and high-five over our beautiful accomplishment!


 

Mural Arts Club

Since early in the semester, students in the Mural Arts Club have been learning painting techniques and paint-mixing strategies to aid them in their creative works.

Some of the many ways they have accomplished this is through their own exploration in making color wheel mandalas and paint scrapings.

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