Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blacklight Coral Reef Lesson

Just as Newsweek publishes a story on the disappearing reef, my students endeavor to paint in the blacklight, focusing on coral reefs.the project starts with coloring pages of coral reefs as reference, so students can see the shapes of coral, tropical fish, etc.  Here are a few of the pages they used.

Next, students used fluorescent tempera paints to fill in the animals, coral and sand.  Regular black and blue tempera was used as outlining and water.  

Regular Light


Regular Light

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Four Freedoms Posters

The Four Freedoms Poster Project is based on the artwork of Norman Rockwell.  The artwork of Norman Rockwell is based on the 1941 State of the Union Speech by FDR.
Commonly known as the Four Freedoms Speech, Roosevelt outlined four essential human freedoms in the speech.

"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation Ca healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb."—Franklin D. Roosevelt, excerpted from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941

Students start by studying this speech and the following oil paintings by Rockwell that ended on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, and then as a poster series for the War dept.

The assignment is for students to design, draw, then paint a poster that illustrates one of these four freedoms.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Zombie Mug!

Last year our coffee mugs were "Ugly Face Jugs".  This inspired one of our custodians to commission a "zombie" mug.  He really loves zombies.  Here is what he got.  Its based on one he saw on the internet.
Too bad it was finished 2 days after the season finale of Walking Dead...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Whistle Animals

 Started on our clay whistles a while back, and now we are on glazing.  I will add photos of finished projects next week.  
Every year, the ceramics project is one of the more science driven projects.  We have evaporation, cooling, vitrification, heat, transformation, such an amazing array of components coming together to make beautiful art.