We will be working on color theory concepts throughout the year. These paintings are exploring how complementary colors may be used to show high contrast and really make things POP! Students are excited to explore optical illusions that use color and we even took a color blindness test!
7th and 8th grade students have a new learning target, I can create a series of atmospheric landscapes using a variety of two-dimensional mixed media materials. We started this unit with a paper collage landscape to think clearly about foreground, middle ground and background. Now we are creating a watercolor study to practice gradation. Atmospheric landscape doesn't use perspective, but instead employs tricks with color, value, detail and proximity to show depth or distance.
Wow! I can't believe these are finally done and up on the wall. The artistic endurance in this group of students is incredible. We worked 4 solid class periods on this drawing and they asked for another! Kids even took their work home! I'm so impressed.
The project was an exercise in playful lettering combined with pattern making. Students created sampler sheets of patterns and then we practiced block, cloud, bubble and 3D lettering. Students were then tasked with combining these ideas and creating an artistic composition that balanced the two elements.
The last of our portrait series was done solo or in pairs. Students were asked to make a caricature or exaggerated drawing of a well known person. They identified the distinctive features of that person and made choices about what to exaggerate. The results were pretty funny AND impressive.
7th and 8th graders continued to explore portraiture with this assignment. The learning target for this unit is to create a series of portraits using a variety of media. The first drawing is a positive image, a line drawing using pen. Students were asked to represent what they see. The second is a scratch art or negative image. Students were to represent the negative space or the "white" highlighted areas on the original image. It is not exactly the inverse of the pen drawing, but instead they are representing the not black lines in scratch art.