Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Synthesis of Story: The 7th graders nailed it!

Synthesis of Story:  
Intertwining Stories into Art

A brief description of the process students went through to create these works:

What do you want to SAY?!
How can you amplify the stories of others and weave in your own?!

Choose three artists below to research and fill out some info on:

Amy Sherald-
Painting Portraits and flat incredible colorfields

Nick Cave
Fiber arts and big, bold color.

Jon Bankston:
Comic book characters/ cartoons stories about race and gender

Nina Chanel Abney:
Bold bright paintings dealing with contemporary times

Sarah Agaton Howes--
Ojibwe Artist working with beading, painting of the natural world

Kahdiga el-ghawas--
Arabic calligraphy and working with light and cameras   

Come up with a takeway/motif that inspires you from the group above
And, now for the SYNTHESIS--one the HARDEST things you can do in the Artistic Process… (and, in life!)

What do you want to say?!    Are you inspired by them to just make a beautiful artwork using their style
or medium?!  Do you want to make a political statement?! Do you want to talk about an aspect of who
you are or illustrate a story?!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

An experiment: a tribute to Nick Cave...

that was a long process in which we weren't sure about the product... but, hey, that's what art is all about, right?  Below, an explanation and the process...

A tribute to Nick Cave's architectural Forest
6th grade’s collaborative work.

Students experimented with monoprinting--
creating paper using the gelli plates and acrylic.  They then rolled
the paper into paper beads and put quotes on them based on what
they were studying in their language arts and social studies
curriculum.  They then strung them together and attached them to
dowels, creating a piece that was inspired by Nick Cave, an African
American artist who takes on big themes of belonging and
connection in a brilliant, playful way.

Alpha 6a-- turquoise beads with quotes from artists, poets and
from the cultures/countries they studied

Alpha 6b-- Purple beads with quotes from artists, poets and
writers from the cultures/countries they studied

Winton 6-- Orange beads with quotes about the idea of HOME

Holden 6--White beads with quotes from mythology

Monday, May 21, 2018

Graphing/Art and the Sustainability Goals with Alpha 7

In math class, students chose a Global Sustainability Goal to researach and graph.  And then in art, they took their data and either made a strong infographic or a "fine art" work that incorporates their graph.  Here are a few stellar examples:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Art Windmills on the Town Green

In conjunction with the school wide read of Malala’s Magic Pencil and The boy Who Harnessed The Wind, the art deptmt hatched a plan for a schoolwide art project—spinning bicycle wheels!  We pulled the idea for the Windmills, obviously from the latter book and, seeing as Malala is from Pakistan, we introduced students to the fun and whimsical work of Pakistani truck art—colorful trucks all over Pakistan that their owners paint!  We pulled the idea of making the world a better place one person at a time from Both— art and community makes the world a better place!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Personal Paradises: channeling Pam Hobbs Style and Learning with Painting Techniques

Pam Hobbs, an artist working out of Key West, paints fun, stylized images of paradise.  Students "channeled" her style of patterning and the idea of "paradise" and created paradises of their own.  We had cabins in the snowy woods, summer camps, mountains, lakes, and plenty of oceans and palm trees and oceans.  Students learned about underpainting, blocking in and layering techniques for detail--scumbling, drybrush, dabbing, etc.

I always love lining the halls in April with these pieces!