Thursday, December 23, 2010

Abstract Acrylic Paintings

The Gathering
Levi Mathers

Arianna Crawford

Aerotine MacWhinnie

Ashlee Fisher

Samantha Kitchin
Acrylic on Canvas

Adam Felt

Dragon Fly
Basti Syed

Basti Syed
Acrylic on canvas


Autumn Face
by Jamie Evans

Eighth grade students learn basic watercolor techniques. We divide a piece of watercolor paper into four quadrants. The sections in this painting are the same scene done in four techniques: pencil and wash; layered washes; open wash and opaque.

Pop Art Projects

My Martian Science
by Cassidy Shadduck
Pen & Ink with Colored Inks

Art I students are creating Pop Art projects. The style of Pop art includes "painting, sculpture, and graphics that use the imagery of popular or mass culture such as newspapers, comics, advertising, and consumer goods. A witty and ironic art, it emerged in New York in the 1960s after beginning in London during the 1950s."

Clay Projects

Here are some recent clay projects by Rowe students. The egg shaped vessel above was created using the coil method. So was the project below.
This project is created using the slab construction method. Notice the Christmas scene impressed into the clay. These first three projects are by Brittany Holmes.
Students experimenting with the wheel are off to a respectable start.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Acrylic Techniques II

The Church at Curon Venosta by Sophie Lackner

Displaced by Arianna Crawford
Art I classes created a second acrylic painting. For our first painting, we used techniques in abstract ways, to experiment with different ways to use paint. The assignment for the second painting was to use some of those techniques to create representational art.

Colored Pencil Drawings

Get Real by Sam Rockwell

The Pursuit of Happiness by Logan Hilscher

Exclamation by Brittany Cook

Destinations by Jordan Finnerty

Laugh by Paisha Glisson

Decorations by Elijah Wilkinson

Every Day Matters by Gia Rose

2010 by Veronica Wittig

See Food by Chasity Bene

The Art of Collage

Map of My World by Jordan Finnerty
Let's Make this by Rachel Kincade

A collage is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

Spiral by Veronica Wittig

Oops by Chasity Benne

Coil Pot

Coil Pot by Levi Mathers

A coil pot is a pot made with spiral of clay a pot formed from a structure of coils or ropes of clay laid one on top of the other in a spiral.

The Handbook

Handbook by Kirsten Colegrove

Sculpture & Pottery students are continuing to work on Altered Book projects. These projects are a chance to experiment with some of the techniques they've learned for three-dimensional art. Many of them look great hanging like mobiles.

Jasper Johns Project

Flag, 1954 by Jasper Johns

Is it a flag, or is it art? Why paint a flag? Johns said that he had a dream that he had been painting a flag. He woke up and painted one. Later he said that it was because “no one had looked at it in a long time.”

His Flag is full of stories. Under its soft, waxy, rough-smooth surface are headlines and stories clipped out of newspapers, barely visible in reproduction. In the gallery, the stories are dimly read through ghostly suspensions of white between the red bars. Their spectral presence suggests that under the surface of the flag's simple iconic presence are complicated lives, happenings and secrets. The simple banner conceals untold possibilities. For us, looking at this Flag may be a reminder of what ought to be obvious: that nations, like individuals, cannot be summed up easily.

For this project, Drawing & Painting students chose a symbol. They created a stencil for that symbol. After gluing collage elements to a canvas panel, they partially obscured the imagery with paint. Then, they stenciled the symbol over the scene. Here are a few of the finished projects.

Zoso by Levi Mathers

Dollar Signs by Logan Anthony

Creed by Helin Douglas

by Andrew Jackson

We got this idea from an issue of Scholastic Art magazine.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Abstract Acrylic

Art I students made abstract paintings with acrylic on canvas paper. The assignment was to demonstrate the following techniques:

1. Impasto- an art term used to describe thickly textured paint that is almost three-dimensional in appearance.
2. Masking- students used masking tape to block off an area to paint within. When the tape was removed, it left a hard-edged shape.
3. Stenciling- some students used existing stencils and others created their own.
4. Scumbling- applying an uneven layer of paint over a dry, thin, relatively oil-free underpainting so that the first colour shows through to some extent.

The Tree of Life

This project is not by an art class, but by my "advisory", or home room. The school is holding a classroom door decoration contest for the holidays. The theme making good choices and avoiding destructive decisions.
The tree is decorated by the students, who are quite fond of glitter. The caricatures are by me, but colored by students. The star is the student's homeroom teacher!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bust Sculptures

Brittany Holmes

A bust is a sculptured, painted, drawn, or engraved representation of the upper part of the human figure, esp. a portrait sculpture showing only the head and shoulders of the subject. S&P classes recently created busts from clay.

Levi Mathers

Sara Slocum

Ashlee Fisher

Mara Tate