Wow, I haven't posted in a while! This year, in addition to stepping through art history periods, we are working on singling out elements of art to focus on. The first one covered was the element of LINE. So, to practice using line effectively, we worked on the art of zentangle. It is so easy to do, yet so fun, and all the projects end up looking really neat. 5-6 did JUST the butterfly, but 7-8 added the element of zentangling some flowers as well, to practice how to divide an item to be zentangled. Enjoy the sampling below.
This round of sketches was no less impressive than the last! Check out these great drawings. Some of them have many great details, others included terrific shading or perspective, and some were just plain creative.
Our first art project of the year was fun and easy! This year, I decided to rewind the clock and go back to the very beginning of time--cave art! We'll be studying different periods of art history throughout the year. I thought, what better place to start than with the earliest art known to us? After looking at some inspirational samples from the Cave of Lascaux and the Gobustan Petroglyphs, we got to make our own messy but fun renditions of cave art. Using just paper bags and chalk pastels, we created these unique scenes. Their favorite parts? Crumpling the paper (to simulate the cave walls) and getting to draw "stick figures." (The only time this year! I said.) Please enjoy projects from the 5th-8th graders, in no particular order.
Welcome back to a new school year! The kids have turned in their first round of sketches for the year. And let me tell you, we really have some artists! It is great to seeing so many kids using their art talents to God's glory and drawing some really neat things. Enjoy those below as a small sampling of the ones I get to view. :-)
I'm a little behind, but here was our second to last project of the year--some Andy Warhol-inspired negative space collages. The kids had a blast searching through magazines and advertisements trying to find words to fit with their white silhouette. We also had a great time learning about the iconic Warhol, his views on art, and his impact on advertising and pop culture. We even got deep and debated an essential question--What is art? Thanks for the memories, Warhol!
Our year is almost at an end, but the super sketches just keep coming! Enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Wow, did we have an awesome time busting out our chalk pastels again and channeling Impressionist master Claude Monet. In class we studied his dizzying array of duplicate paintings in which he was always trying to capture the lighting and color of one brief moment. He did painting after painting at different times and in different weather conditions, focusing on color and how light affected color. We then did our own "series" works as seen below. All of the scenes were selected to be signification Places of Jesus' Passion. Enjoy these great works and reveal in the reminder of our resurrected Savior!
It's time for another set of sketches--in no particular order. Many sketches were chosen for their intriguing and creative connection to the sketchy word chosen. In addition, this set has several facial parts included because we were practicing drawing realistic looking faces. I think that you'll agree--the students did a great job with these.
Our latest artist was painter Henri Matisse. Matisse, true to what seems to be our artist theme of the year, was very intent on using color to express very specific things in his work. He was a leader of the style known as Fauvism, and did a variety of works. The painting we used to inspire student projects this time around was called "La Negresse." Enjoy a sampling true to this style.