Art 1

November 14, 2013
Monochromatic Self Portraits and Pottery

April 1, 2013
Treasure boxes with color!

March 7, 2013
Crazy hair self portraits!

February 22, 2013
Treasure boxes!  Students in Art 1 are working on clay treasure boxes.  I showed them vessels of different sorts that transcend cultures, reminding us that as humans we are all like and want similar things.  The Russian kholkova box and Chinese puzzle box are just a few of these examples.  Here are the are in progress below.

February 8, 2013
Oil pastel landscapes...
Students looked up images online as reference but then had the challenge of recreating them in a certain color schemes, primary, secondary, warm, cool, complementary, etc.

February 1, 2013
It is very exciting for me to be teaching two sections of Art 1, along with Mrs. Self this semester.  Currently students completed their pop can studies which is a great skill builder as they draw from life and are challenged when the can takes on a new form in each study.  Also they are required to color match, shade with five different values and exhibit understanding of stippling and crosshatching.


Because I do not teach Art I this semester the work seen here is created by Mrs. Self's students.  She is the full-time art teacher at Edison Middle School.  Enjoy!
January 17, 2013
Below are the completed self portraits Mrs. Self did with her students last semester.  As we wrapped up grades and common assessments last week, I got a little behind in posting our most recent work.

Students in Mrs. Self's Art One class are working on self portraits in grayscale.  The backgrounds are the choice of the artist and can be figurative or more true-to-life based on the photograph they are working from.  Students are concentrating on improving their technical skill and matching corresponding values.  I love watching them progress!

December 14, 2012
Coil Pots Complete!

December 6, 2012
I snapped some pictures this morning of Mrs. Self's Art One class and their progress on their coil pot creations!

November 30, 21012
Students in Art I are working on coil pots and 1 point perspective with Mrs. Self.  I snapped a few photos of their progression this week, but will post more on these lessons next week.

November 20, 2012
Coil pots!

November 7, 2012
Radial Design
Students in Art 1 began with a radial design project this week concentrating on insects, birds and amphibians.  Radial symmetry is a great way to incorporate math into the arts when students begin to see the multiplication of an object and the mirrored appearance.  This project also allows for students to develop their skills in layering colored pencils.  They are working towards blending analogous colors to add dimension to their work.

October 18, 2012

October 3, 2012
Andy Warhol Inspired Self Portrait Prints

Students in Art 1 are looking at the work of Andy Warhol to create linoleum prints of themselves.  Using a photograph as a guide, they are working in a reduction-style to carve into their block for several layers of printing. For this project students are gaining experience with the complicated process of printmaking by carving away the portion of their self portrait they don't want to be printed.

September 26, 2012
Albrecht Durer Inspired Textured Animals

Students in Art 1 recently looked at the work of Albrecht Durer (above) and his dramatic approach to animals with unpredictable texture.  This mixed media project challenged students to create an animal including five various textures.  They then added color through the manipulation of watercolor paints and watercolor pencils.  Finally, students designed and carved a small linoleum piece to incorporate printmaking and pattern.  Many of these are still in progress but coming along beautifully!

September 14, 2012
Pop Cans and Crazy Hair Self Portraits-- some preliminary studies to kick off the school year!

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