Friday, May 31, 2013
Our school had a very successful Academies Expo and Art Show! Lots of local community turn out. Toyota Teen Driver program was there, as well as WHYY Newsworks and Senator Leanna Washington. Here's some pictures of our work before the crowd took over.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Students viewed artwork that addresses a social issue or makes a visual statement about a current topic for several months, considering how a viewer decides what the artist is trying to convey, how the media, size, and placement of the work supports the artist's message, and whether the work is successful. Then students selected a topic of their own, drafted plans to create a piece about this issue, decided on what media to use, how large the piece should be, and where it should be placed in the school. The artist statement, describing to the viewer what each piece is about, can be seen on the paper accompanying the work.
This clock represents the changes views on homosexuality over time
Abortion, Marijuana Legalization, and Teen Pregnancy
Peer Pressure and Conformity
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Students first watched a BBC special called "Message in the Waves" about wasteful practices and plastic pollutants, and their dangerous effects on ocean and coastal ecosystems. To "do something about it" we decided to collect plastic bottles and reuse them. Once we had about 180 bottles, we painted them, cut them, and created this large class chandelier.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Students first decided our school walls looking a little bare. We brainstormed ideas to paint, and put them to a vote on the class blog. Decisions came in, an "under the Sea" theme was chosen, and students began drawing coral and animals to be combined into one large mural.
Once the image was laid out, students painted in the animals and the coral, and then added the background.
Finally the mural is nearing completion...
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
We looked at nature for inspiration, and then used additive and subtractive ceramic handbuilding methods as well as manipulating the form of these pinch pots to create unique pieces.
Here are some completed works.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
I collaborated with a local university to offer students a free 8 week long botanical drawing course on Saturdays. Here they are on their first day at "college" watching the professor give a demonstration.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Students first learned measurements and gridding process to enlarge and transfer their patterns, designs, or photos onto their page.
Then students were able to select color schemes and paint their patterns and designs, with attention to opacity, smooth edges, and color correctness.