It HAS been a while. It is that time of the semester when students are on a long term final project. Here is a break down of what each level is currently working on:
Survey (6th) - PBL (project based learning) Poster Campaign. Students in this class are currently working in small groups of 3 or 4 to design a poster campaign for a real life client. They are learning what a graphic designer/illustrator team needs to do in order to take an idea/concept and coordinate together to produce a product for a client. Each group so far has very cohesive designs and I am very pleased to say they are on target to hit their deadline at the end of the week.
Drawing (7th) - Landscape Painting. 7th grade students in drawing class have been working on learning how and why perspective techniques initiated by master artists from the European Renaissance are utilized to create a visual sense of real space in a two dimensional work of art. They have spent some time learning and practicing linear perspective grids in order to apply using 2 pt perspective to build a structure such as a house or a barn. They also learned how to apply linear perspective to placing natural objects such as trees and land formations in a landscape to convey space and depth while observing how objects overlap in space and appear to reduce in size as they go back into space. This unit has been very intense, but I am very excited to see what this group of students produces as we head into using paint to convey atmospheric perspective. Students have been studying how objects change in color value as they recede into space due to particles in the air creating distortions and changing how we see these things in space.
Sculpture (8th) - Ceramic Vessels. 8th graders taking sculpture are beginning to experience the medium of clay for the purpose of constructing a vessel. We have studied the difference between the terms "form" and "function" throughout the semester in order to begin thinking about how products are made and for what purpose. Student are working to answer questions like "is it intended for functional use or to tell a message through decorative purposes?" Students study these concepts because they are working to understand a difference between fine art and applied art and how the concepts they learn in a visual arts class can be used either way.
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