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.
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.
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.