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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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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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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6th: Community Printmaking

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.

 

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MS: Exploring Values

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!

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5B: Texture Hunt!

Congratulations to the students in 5th B who have worked hard to earn their art party! This group of students voted to have an art activity outside as a reward.

At the beginning of class and in the classroom, students learned about textures and how to perform a successful texture rubbing. Then, we went outside as a class and explored the campus; we were on a texture hunt!

Students were encouraged to layer textures and colors to add visual interest to their compositions.

 

MS: Self Portraits

Middle school has been learning about the differences between using lines to create shape, and then using values to create form. They are attempting both through recreating the proportions of the human face. Students were asked to draw themselves through the observation of a selfie by creating a contour (line) drawing of their faces, taking particular care in making sure the features of the face were accurately sized.

These will be used as the base for a future project.

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