Art Explorations

November 14, 2013
Color Theory and Texture Paintings and Aquatic Themed Sculptures

April 1, 2013
Students in Art Explorations have been using a grid method to create these realistic oil pastel animals.  We did these last semester also and I am always so proud of their success.

February 22, 2013
Abstract Color Theory and Texture Paintings!  We did these win the fall also.  I love this project!

January 17, 2013
We wrapped up our reduction printing in primary colors and students have moved on to new classes this semester.  This was a very fun and labor intensive project, but well worth the outcomes!

December 20, 2012
We are heading into printmaking!  More to follow after Christmas Break...

December 14, 2012
Aquatic Sculptures complete!

December 6, 2012
We are making progress in Art Explorations towards the creation of our aquatic themed sculptures using unconventional resources.  Students are concentrating on creating movement in their art pieces through organic and geometric lines.  They are also trying to exhibit overlapping as well as tinting and shading.

November 30, 2012
This week we began working on 3D sculptures using unconventional objects that tie in organic and geometric line.  We will be exploring aquatic life as inspiration for these creations and I will post more on that in the weeks to follow.  Here they are as we just got started!

November 16, 2012
Mandala Project
Students in Art Explorations have been looking at the Indian culture and their Sanskrit language from which the word "mandala" comes.  Mandalas have radial symmetry in their design and so for this project students manipulated compasses and rulers to create the mirror image effect.  Here they are in their first stages.

November 7, 2012
Architectural Letters and Abstract Texture Paintings are completed!  Check out a few of these finished products...

October 18, 2012
Students have the option to work on two different projects they have going on simultaneously in order to create a sense of "studio art".  Read more below about each project they are completing

October 12, 2012
Our architectural letters were coming along at a great pace and so we decided to interject a new project so that students will have the luxury of going back and forth between the two throughout the next few weeks.  We are hoping that this true studio approach will allow our students the freedom to choose what they feel like working on each day and use their time to their advantage when one project may be at a standstill or drying.  We began texture and color theory paintings.I have done this project that I developed in the past to enhance my students' understanding of color relationships.  Here is where we are going and what we have started...

Chunky, bumpy, dimpled, oh my…

     Students put their skills to the test with these extensive studies on texture and color.  TEXTURE is used by artists to show how something might feel or what it is made of. 
Next, students coordinated textured pieces with correlating colors by partaking in a broad study of the color wheel.   Among these works are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple monochromatic studies, complimentary colors, primary and secondary studies, as well as warm and cool pieces.

     The end result is a fabulous abstract expressionism piece, much like the artist Kandinsky painted, as he listened to music!

October 3, 2012
Architectural Letters

Students in Art Explorations have taken a break from 2D work to create in three-dimensional form.  We have been looking at text as an art form.  Various fonts that students researched have inspired them to create the first letter of their name through the form of a paper mache sculpture.  Eventually these letters will become an abstract self portrait when students begin to paint symbols that describe them and their interests.

September 26, 2012
Van Gogh Inspired Sunflower Paintings

Students in Art Explorations are exploring mixed media on a two-dimensional level.  The challenge of this project came after students viewed famous pieces of art by Van Gogh, Rivera and Gauguin that included sunflowers and then created some of their own.  In order to accomplish the unique look of a resist, students first drew with glue using organic lines and then went in with watercolor paint, concentrating on color theory and value.  The end results will showcase their flowers lined with sharpie to differentiate between a change in value, color and lastly, resist.

September 19, 2012
Our animals are complete!  Read below...

September 14, 2012

Students in our Art Exploratory class are learning a great deal about color, value and texture with these cropped animal drawings done in oil pastel.  We began the week in the computer lab conducting research to find a photo that has an interesting view, with a variety of color and texture.  Next, students sketched out accurately proportioned animals concentrating on line and shape like we have done the first few weeks of school.  Currently they are in the process of developing various value shades and layers of color while paying attention to the direction of hair, feather or scale growth.  Great starts!

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