Friday, March 30, 2012

Advanced Art - Watercolor Landscapes

After an initial painting to get used to the unique attributes of watercolor, the Art II students tackled a landscape. Since everyone's painting was unique, they each had their own set of challenges but overall I think that the finished projects were pretty great. You be the judge...

Annual Elementary PDC Art Show

Even though our campus is 6th - 8th grade, technically, 6th graders are considered "elementary school" here in Mesquite. Because of this, our 6th grade art students are exhibited with the elementary schools for their PDC show. Our school had some great artwork that really shined at this year's exhibit... check it out

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Annual Middle School Art Show at the PDC

February marks the biggest event for middle school art in the district. Artwork from each middle school is on display at Mesquite's Professional Development Center. The work will be on display for February's School Board meeting and afterwards each middle school principal will choose one artwork from his or her school to receive the prestigious Principal's Award. Check back in early March to see which work was selected. 22 of our 28 Advanced Art students have work on display.
Our 2012 Principals Award winner with her self portrait

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Low-relief Rhythmic Sculptures: Art II

A few months back I ran across a lesson plan that I had been wanting to try so I decided that it might be a good way to start off the new semester. After showing some examples from the lesson plan, the Art II students were eager to take on the challenge. To create a rhythmic feeling in art the artist must repeat certain lines, shapes, colors, patterns, etc. These examples of the final projects show that they really grasped the concept of rhythm in art.

Aluminum Masks: 6th Grade

As a means of focusing on Texture, 6th graders created embossed aluminum masks. We started our unit by learning that Texture is: the way something feels or looks like it would feel. Textures can be both real and implied. Next classes looked at various examples of masks from around the world. Each student then created a unique design that demonstrated their understanding of texture and embossing techniques. Check out some of our awesome examples...

Non-Objective/Monochromatic Oil Pastels: 6th Grade

To begin our focus on the element of Color, 6th grade classes explored the use of a monochromatic color scheme. Ask any 6th grader and they can tell you that Mono = One, Chroma = Color, and Tic = exhibiting the characteristics of something. When you put that all together you get the definition of the word monochromatic - having the characteristics of only one color. 

Students created non-objective (not of anything other than lines and shapes) designs and used their chosen color of oil pastel plus black, white, gray, and/or small amounts of other colors to create a monochromatic color scheme.

Finished Slab Bowls: Art II

The Art II slab bowls are finally finished (as well as several other projects that I have failed to post lately). Some students followed the original assignment to create a "Bowl Creature" while others went a bit in another direction and came up with their own design. Regardless of how they designed their bowl, all students had to include addition pieces added to the original bowl.