What could be better than designing a wild accessory? Wearing it! Seventh grade students brainstormed what object they would like to create as “wearable art”, and then we photographed the artist posing with their object.
In the beginning of the school year, upper school students work on many life drawing assignments to hone their perception skills and train their eyes. I want them to focus on angles, relationships, proportion, scale, and accuracy. Milk cartons proved to be a wonderful object because of their geometric structures and playful forms. With pro [...]
Sixth grade students worked in small groups to collaborate on ideas and imagery for stop motion drawings. Students worked on the concrete floor and drew with chalk pastel while one student was the designated photographer. Here are there results- three small group projects and a final full group drawing at the end.
I like to add variety to the standard “critique” with my students. Since it can feel intimidating to verbally give constructive criticism, I like use various methods that involve post-it notes. This makes critique a color-coded exercise, immediately apparent to the viewer, and lends itself to accessible entry points.
What is a sandwich? In my definition, it is an edible object containing layered ingredients usually between some type of bread. However, a sandwich can also be a metaphor. What else can a sandwich represent? What parts of our lives are “sandwiched” together? This assignment required upper school students to assess the parts o [...]
When 6th grade students begin their artistic journey with me, it is often their first middle school art class. I like to start by reviewing the building blocks of art in order to develop their critical understanding of the objective parts. The elements of art are the “foundation” of any artwork- line, shape, color, texture, spac [...]
Upper school recently completed an assignment about transformation. Not only did they physically alter media to “transform it”, but also transformed the content within the images to create unusual situations. Here are some of their solutions and the magazine collages they manipulated along the way. Working with moveable objects/ [...]