Quarter 4 started off with the Make You Mark Challenge! Students were asked to represent something about themselves through the use of cut paper and using non-representational marks. Then we would hang their square up and it would mark their ownership on our classroom! Check our some samples below...
5/6/16: Busy monoprinting in art!
7th Graders have started art with a monoprinting project! We had a lot of fun with this project last term and the students really seemed to enjoy it, Im sure partially because they get to paint directly on the tables! Anyways, we began by showing students our pinterest page to look at examples of monoprints and how artists create a variety of imagery in their monoprints. After looking and talking about the work on the pinterest page, we had students start to brainstorm for their project. When we looked at some of the examples we talked about how a lot of prints end up with a mood or feeling because of the colors, textures, shapes, etc. So for this project, students are going to be creating a monoprint based off of a dream, memory, moment or feeling they have had - they could even invent or make up the dream/memory. They are to create a visualization of that dream/memory/moment/feeling through monoprinting. On their handout, they had to break down the dream/memory/moment/feeling...they had to describe it, write down a list of descriptive words, think about what colors come to mind, what textures comes to mind, what sounds they heard, what those sounds might look like, what shapes come to mind, are they organic shapes or geometric shapes, do they repeat or morph or transition or fade away, is there a mood, etc.
So far, students have just been experimenting with their ideas and trying them out through the monoprinting process. They have begun this experimenting process...check out some in process photos of our experimentation...
5/11/16: More monoprinting progress!
5/19/16: Wrapping up our monoprinting project and starting a new project!
Students have been hard at work in the art room completing their dream/memory/moment/feeling monoprints, most have finished or are finishing up their artist statements, check out some photos of their finished work! Then read on to hear about our new sculpture project!
5/19/16: Our new sculpture project...
Last friday we took a break from our monoprints to introduce our new project which will be a sculpture project. First we talked about sculpture and how these sculptures might be in-the-round sculpture or it might be a relief sculpture and we talked about the difference between the two types. Then I talked to them about how for this project each student will be working with a jar as a jumping off point...there are lots of various ways to work with the jar - they could build their sculpture inside the jar, around the jar, bursting out of the jar, etc. The idea of this project is that students will be creating a sculpture that somehow involves their jar and the content of their sculpture will be inspired by a story, book, movie, or poem of their choice. Their sculpture must show some kind of inspiration from the story/movie/poem. In terms of materials...students will be using primarily different kinds of paper, their own drawings and found objects. Students MUST have some aspect of paper in their sculpture, at least one drawing they've created and manipulated found objects in some way. We looked at our pinterest board for some inspiration to see how other artists have worked inside of jars. Check back for pictures of students at work on their jars soon!
6/1/16: Some finished jar sculptures!
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