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.
We are able to see and experience the world through light and values: they create form, depth, and allow us to identify where one object ends and another begins.
Students in the Middle School elective are exploring this concept by using values to transform a flat line drawing to something with form.
To loosen students up, we worked on large pieces of paper to create a contour drawing of something found in the room. Each student was only given about 5 minutes to accomplish this!
Then, we added values to this line drawing in two ways: the first using a single-colored value scale while the second was through a mixed-color value scale.
Students had to finish both large-scale drawings within the 45 minute class time which was a great way to get students to worry less about making mistakes. For some, this ended up being a favorite product to date!
Yesterday there was a pleasant surprise waiting for the middle school elective students: an art critique battle!
This past week, each student has been diligently working to understand the Elements and Principles of design while finishing their latest project. Then yesterday, the entire class was divided into two teams to test them on their knowledge.
Every student work was put up on display with a corresponding number. Then, each student was required to write a small, formal critique about one work of their choosing. For this part, students were encouraged to work in pairs at their tables so that their critiques could be as accurate and focused as possible.
Then the battle began!
Each student who shared their critique with the class earned their team 5 points. One extra point was earned for each use of an element or principle of design vocabulary word. But all students had to listen carefully: the opposing team could challenge the critique if the vocabulary wasn’t used correctly, or if there was a disagreement in opinion. If the opposing team made a good argument and supported their differing opinion with factual evidence, they could cause the critiquing team to lose points!
Middle School is in the process of creating tunnel books. Through this project, students are learning about foreground, middle ground, and background, as well as how to construct 3D models based on their 2D sketches.
I am excited to share the outcome of their hard work in the coming weeks!