Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Drawing field trips begin

Self Portraits and Proportion

Students started our observational drawing unit by creating a self-portrait, as a pre-test. I want to see how well they draw before we teach them how to draw.

Now students are learning about proportions of the face so that they can apply their new skills with this additional information.  Here is the handout I use:


I explain the relationships as I demonstrate on the board with my own drawing.

Students at  the same time try to create their own version of the example face using the handout.
After some practice, students can then apply the relationships to their own  face

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Skulls, flowers, and cloth

Students are learning drawing skills using exercises fro the book "Drawing on the Right side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards.

We started with upside down drawing of Van Gogh Coloring pages, and then quickly to Pure Contour Drawing, where students do not look at their drawing.

This trains the visual side of our thinking to come to the forefront of our minds and allows us to trust more in our eyes then our memories or ideas.  

Shortly after that we modify the contour drawing to allow students to look at their papers for about 10 percent of the time.  


These pictures are from the 2nd day of Modified Contour Drawing where we are trying to draw organic items, namely skulls, fabric, and flowers.  Each table has a small still life arranged for students to look at.  We are starting to get some amazing results!  Students are also able to draw for longer periods of time.  We are stretching from a painful 5 minutes to an easy 15.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse 2017!

As a fun extension activity, I'm showing students how to use oil pastels and masking to create wonderful effects similar to our total solar eclipse!  Simply cut out shapes from paper and color around the edges then smear.

In reality, it did not get this dark here in Carthage, but they really enjoyed recreating the effect with art supplies.

My classroom neighbor, Mr. Oberman set up his telescope with solar lens to take photos of the event as well.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Choice based art

Another round of projects.  Lots of variety!  Modular origami,  product design, murals, painting, ceramics, grid drawing!






Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crystal Bridges tour Spring 2017

Another amazing trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR.  This brand new museum offers school tours before open hours with a museum educator for schools!  After the tour of sculptures in the collection, they also provided us with lunch in their cafe.  We spent some time exploring the trails before heading back in to the museum to view the rest of the collection.  Along the way, my small group also stopped by the activity center to draw, play with puppets, build towers and read.  At the end we explored their library on the 3rd floor with great views and books about artists in the collection.  We finished with a few minutes in the museum store before we had to load up to go home.  Thank you so much Crystal Bridges for this opportunity, and thank you Ms. Bogle for letting us learn out of the classroom!