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.
6th graders have been challenged to create self portraits in various formats throughout the semester. Most recently, students learned about the processes of printmaking through the creation of a styrofoam printing plate.
While we have been talking about symbolism in art for the entire semester, we discussed how the items we own say something about who we are as a person. Students were asked to think critically while shown a variety of pictures of bedrooms: based on what is in the bedrooms, what can we infer about the person who inhabits it?
With these considerations in mind, students were to choose an object from their own bedrooms to represent some aspect of their personality. This object was then reduced to a simple line sketch and translated into the printing plate.
Each student had to generate a series of 4 differently colored prints from this plate.
Finally, students had to collaborate in the creation of one large print that incorporated all of their individual objects. From the portraits of each student, we were able to generate a portrait of their entire classroom community.
Art & Ideas is a brand-new elective this year and focuses on student’s ability to find problems and then solve them using art and design. Instead of just making art, how can each student learn to think like artists?
Our first class was a problem solving activity with the following requirement:
Create a table that can hold a 20lb box of art supplies. The catch? Each student only has 30 minutes, a stack of newspapers, a small piece of cardboard and a strip of tape.