February has been a busy month. We are knee deep into our 2nd and 3rd projects in all classes. Sculpture students are working on studying the elements of form and value. They are tackling questions like "how does value help to convey form?" and "how does an artist use value on form to create emphasis in their work?" Artists both in the Fine and Commercial arts must answer these questions as they work to create and build works of art. For instance, a painter may be working to render an image of a still life or landscape. Such an artist will want to know how light and shadow change over an object or scene depending on the direction the light is coming from. An engineer or architect will want to know where light is the strongest and during what time of day so that they now which materials to put on the structure they are designing and where. When they do so, they may also take into consideration how this looks on the over all design so that it is cohesive and parts are emphasized over others with purpose.
Drawing students are split. Because of what tracks are in and out and depending on the class, one is studying color theory while the other is currently studying techniques in composition. Both are fascinating subjects in art and play a major role in the creation of a work of art. As students reach middle school, they go from simply learning that there are three primary colors to understanding that all colors can be made from these three colors and study techniques in learning how to do so using different media... (colored pencils, markers, types of paint, ink... and so on.)
Survey is studying color as well, but they are taking a different route in production. Survey students are going to begin to study advertising art for the purposes of creating their own poster campaign. We will be running a Project Based Learning (PBL) lesson based on answering the question: How does an artist effectively communicate using art? We will focus heavily on reading, writing, and creating studies using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in order to understand how an artist uses these tools to create works that communicate a message to a target audience. More info will come on this soon.
- Congratulations to fall semester survey student Karis. Karis's self portrait will be featured in Wake Co.'s exhibition: Gifts of Gold. The work submitted for this show is in the process of being juried and the top pieces will be recognized by a panel of judges. March 7th and 8th in the lobby of Memorial Auditorium with a recognition ceremony on 3/7 @ 4:30 pm.
- Homework - There are new homeworks up for all classes this week and announcements/reminders will be made tomorrow (Friday 2/17). There are still some students who are not doing the homework or failing to turn it in. Please, please, please remind your child to get with me if he or she is having trouble. I am working to get with them when I see them, but I am one person. If I find a way to clone myself, wow, that would be something! Until that day, help me help you.. come talk to me.
- Grades - Heads up, 3rd quarter report cards will be upon us in now time. Track 1s are first... 2, 3, and 4 will follow. Make sure you get yourself up to date if you are missing something... some points are better than no points.