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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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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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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Art & Ideas

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.

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