Seventh grade students took time and care to really get to know the subject of their charcoal drawings. This is the third part of a long observational drawing unit that included pencil, copper tooling, and now charcoal. The students toned the paper and then worked to draw out the light and emphasize shadows. Though messy, charcoal allows for a great deal of subtlety and students kept at it, focusing on texture and detail. The results are beautiful and dramatic.
Students in the eighth grade looked back into the world of art history to find famous art that inspired and excited them. Then they had to decide how to work a “pet” into the image and remake it in the artist’s unique style.
As the year comes to close we are finishing up many projects in the art room. Fifth graders worked long and hard on a cityscape unit. They began by carefully drawing their cities with rulers and templates. They focus on geometric shapes and made sure there were no free-hand lines. Then they traced the image onto a new piece of paper and turned this copy into a painting using tempera paint. Their paintings were required to be monochromatic using many shades and tints of only one color.
At the same time 6th grade students looked at the work of modern artist Georgia O’Keefe. O’Keefe was famous for zooming in on and abstracting natural objects like bones or flowers. FMS students looked at photos of flowers and focused their painting on a small section within the photo. They used watercolor paint and worked hard to keep the paintings light and loose, using lots of water to move the color around the paper.
As another year ends, so do we see the newest issue of Motley Magazine. The editorial staff worked hard to promote and encourage and then faced the tough job of editing from the large amount of submissions we received. We want to thank all those that submitted and hope you will do again next year. Check out the magazine online here.
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As often happens, many grades have completed their most recent lessons at the same time, so there is a lot to look at on the blog today.
6th graders spent some time looking at the legendary beasts of Chinese mythology: dragons. These dragons are long and thin like snakes and contain the essences of many animals in one. They are wise and maybe cruel and have the power to grant wishes. Chinese dragons represent water in its many forms and students had to think about what their dragon might bring to their lives once complete.
Seventh graders are mid-way through an animal drawing unit that began with graphite studies and then moved onto copper tooling. This traditional art form involves pressing into soft metal to create relief sculpture. This is often seen on church doors across Europe and the US. Ink could be added to create an antique effect. Students will finish the unit by drawing their animals with charcoal. Stay tuned.
And finally 8th graders put in a lot of time and careful work (both cutting their stencils and printing) to create silkscreen self-portraits in the style of POP artist Andy Warhol. They used 2 colors to create these precise, high contrast images.
After a long and dreary “spring” 7th and 5th grade students at FMS have helped usher in the bright weather with some gorgeous work inspired by European artists.
Fifth graders looked at the abstract work of Vassily Kandinsky as the practiced their new watercolor techniques. They had to use organic and geometric shapes and then play with color and line in their art.
Meanwhile, 7th grade students examined the distorted and warped portraits of Amedeo Modigliani. The Italian painter was famous for stretching his figures and giving them empty eyes to create a mask-like effect.
Seventh grade students have completed an observation drawing project using Pointillism. This style was pioneered by the Impressionists and exemplified by the incredibly precise (and obsessive) work of Georges Seurat.
Students started with a light pencil drawing based on an image of food. They then looked at the different colors in the image and began stippling (dotting) over the pencil. They looked for shadows and highlights and really worked hard to achieve a #D effect with the build up of multicolored dots.
Meanwhile, 8th graders were finishing up an creative teapot lesson. All the pieces needed to hold water and pour (to some degree), and all pieces had to have a spout, handle, and lid. Beyond that, students were limited only by their imagination. This group includes a sumo wrestler, bowl of cereal, and a tiny cat.
Come join us at the table with these deliciously artistic treats.
With only a few days left until April vacation, several classes are wrapping up projects in the art studio. 5th grade has completed a multi-stage unit on landscapes including a pastel drawing showing the “illusion of depth” on a flat service as well as a three dimensional ceramic sculpture capturing a piece of our world in miniature.
6th graders put aside their fear of a self-portrait by embracing the abstract style of Cubism with a Picasso-inspired self-portrait. These works included a 3D element with the cut and stacked pieces of cardboard, as well as a 2D element with the color and pattern painting on the individual parts. Can you recognize these students?
7th grade explored the complex and detailed design motifs of the people of Polynesia and the Maori (Native people of New Zealand). They carved and then glazed their personal designs onto clay faces, simulating the facial tattoos of these Pacific tribal cultures.
For the first lesson of the new term both 6th graders and 8th graders took on the classic “still life drawing”. 6th graders created small still life set-ups at each table with only a few objects to contend with, while 8th graders built large set-ups in the center of the room. They shifted tables and really made the art room like a studio. Drawings needed to include multiple drawing techniques like stippling, hatching and smudging in order to achieve a range of values. Students worked hard to make their drawings 3D and get objects the correct size, shape, and placement. Looking at the two grade levels below, notice how drawing skills improve with 2 years of practice.
As spring approaches, so come with it BUGS. And 5th graders spent some good time observing the details of many creepy crawlies. They started with colored pencil drawings and then moved onto collage – which then became the plates for printmaking.
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8th graders finished off the last term with a dive into art history. They explored many books full of famous artwork in the classroom. Once they had chosen a favorite they had to incorporate an animal into the piece or make an image of an animal in the style of their chosen artist. Beyond choosing their artist and animal, students also had to decide what the best material was to recreate their artist’s particular style.