Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Gallery

    Students in Art Room 171 had a busy December learning and creating! Students in the Art 1 2D classes completed their landscape paintings and then learned about different artists and styles of painting. They learned about Realism, Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism and Pop Art. Some of the artists they learned about included Monet, Renoir, Magritte, Warhol and Picasso. They were asked to select their favorite style and create an original painting in their selected style. It was interesting to see what styles each student selected to interpret. It was also exciting to see the students use many of the skills they learned in past projects in this assignment.
   Below is a painting that interprets Impressionism by Gaby Richards.

   The students in Art 1 3D learned about real world design issues by working on projects in architecture and package design. They learned how design in their everyday lives is influenced by 3D design principles. The students were asked to create a model of an original design for a building located anywhere in the world except New England. Their building could serve any function such as a private home, store or office. Before they created the design they had to research architectural traditions, climate, geography and local materials related to their selected location. They had to combine their research into their final design. They also had to do much problem solving and accurate measuring while building their architecture models.
   Below are some of the students working on their architectural models.

   The students in the advanced art class, Studio Arts continued to work on a variety of projects of their own choice. They also went on a second visit to a local art gallery, Room83Spring for inspiration. Below is a portrait by Ruby Rosenwasser.

   It was so special to have some of my grade 9 students offer to use their art skills to decorate the door to Art Room 171 for the holiday season. Our inspiration for blue and white paper cut-outs was inspired by the master 20th century artist Henri Matisse. Somehow a snowman also made it into the final design too! A title for this door could be "Matisse and Frosty"! All of the students worked together so well in the spirit of the holiday to create a successful design.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Landscape Painting

   Students in both 2D Art classes have already completed projects in color, design and drawing during quarter 1. They are now using what they learned in two different painting projects. The first painting project explored the theme of landscape. Landscape was selected because it allowed the students to use their knowledge of color theory, observation and perspective drawing in a complete composition. The students first viewed landscape paintings by many master artists including Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe. Techniques used by these artists to create different brush strokes were demonstrated in class at the start of the project. How and why do artists create smooth, textured, or transparent areas all in the same painting? This was a key question of this project.
   Why a specific location would have special meaning to an individual artist was also something the students had to think about. The students were asked to select a landscape photo of their own choice and interpret the photo in an landscape painting. It was interesting to see the variety of locations and interpretations the students created.
   Below are a few of the many outstanding landscape paintings created by the Art 1 2D students. These works were created (top to bottom) by Jimena Canales-Alfaro, Kevin Cardoso, Vera Doob, Hibe Hariri, Jon Inacio and Caileigh Sullivan.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

November Gallery

   All of the students in Art Room 171 are now busy creating beautiful artwork. Students in Art 1 2D have just completed landscape paintings that I will showcase in the next blog post. They are now learning about different painting styles and the master artists who created the styles. Art 1 3D students have completed mosaic projects and are now learning about architecture. They are also learning about important 3D artists and designers in an oral report assignment.
   Below are mosaic projects created by Sukeina Attar (top) and Ana Zoubian (bottom).

   The Studio Arts students participated in the quarter 1 critique for the class. Critique sessions provide the students with the opportunity to give and receive helpful advice from each other. This class has quickly become a community of individual young artists and they are as skilled in speaking about their work as they are in creating it. I feel peer feedback is as important as the feedback I provide to all of the students. Below are a few of the many quality artworks in all types of styles and media created for the quarter 1 critique. These works were created by (top to bottom) Anya Gellerman, Emily Koufos, Isabella Vitti, Ruby Rosenwasser, Maria Athanasopoulos and Muhammad Ahad.