Another school year is coming to an end but the students in Mr. Adams’ art room are still working hard finishing up printmaking projects, abstract sculptures, and still-life drawings. All the work will be coming home so watch for it and hopefully some of these masterpieces will find a place in houses across Falmouth or beyond. Here are the last lessons they completed that have decked our halls these last few weeks. As the work comes down and goes home it is bittersweet: seeing the empty walls but knowing they will be filled again in a few short months. Have a wonderful summer and think about the art all around you as you enjoy the time off.
As the year draws to a close that means another issue of Motley, our annual Arts & Literature magazine is ready to view online.
Our editorial team worked hard all year promoting and encouraging students to submit work, then looked through everything to decide which work best represented the creative spirit of our school.
Click the image below and head to our online version to enjoy the drawings, paintings, photographs and even origami that our students created this year, not to mention plenty of fantastic poems, stories, and essays.
If you would like to purchase a hardcopy of this year’s issue, click here and go to Blurb.com to order.
As June moves along and you are looking for summer reading, perhaps start with Motley. You can also view past issues here.
8th Grade students are helping brighten up this gloomy start to spring with green growth in the FMS hallway. We studied the “grotesque” drawings of Leonardo DaVinci and then drew our own. We used the drawings as a starting point for our ceramic faces which focused on 3D modeling and exaggeration of the human features. These faces were added to a backing slab with a hanging hole. We headed to the hoop house to see Farmer Deri and he helped us plant chard, radishes, and chives in our heads to give them green growing hair! Find these characters in our sunniest hallway, down near the gym.
Apologies for the long hiatus. I won’t go into details but needless to say, extra time for posting work on the blog was hard to come by for the last several weeks. But as April vacation approaches, I hope everyone has time to look at some great new work from the FMS students. Sit back and enjoy this ART OVERLOAD!!!
As the winter rolls along students in Mr. Adams’ art classes have been working hard creating a new batch of beautiful, inspired art work.
Eighth graders completed a major lesson with many independent elements. They started by choosing a famous piece from art history which they felt showed a good example of the art elements Space. They then chose the appropriate materials to recreate the work and had to consider fore/middle/backgrounds. Each “ground” was created separately and then the piece was built with foam bumpers off-setting the layers to create a three dimensional diorama effect.
Seventh grade students harnessed their inner weirdness and in the spirit of the Surrealists, transformed everyday objects into bizarre creatures or fantastic vehicles. These transformed creations were then put into well considered images with depth and composition.
And 6th grade students stretched their vision by trying to see themselves as Picasso might have. They considered the Cubist concept of looking at things from multiple angles/perspectives at once and broke their faces into painted shapes. They then rebuilt themselves abstractly by piecing their faces together using bumpers to separate layers in a relief sculpture. Take a peek at these wild portraits!
5th grade students explored the use of rulers and templates to create crisp, carefully designed architectural city drawings that focused on overlapping and patterns. They then traced those drawings onto heavier paper and we discussed the concept of a monochromatic color scheme. Students chose a color and mixed many shades and tints to color their cities. They had to paint carefully and think about layers and edges. Eliminating all the white paper was a must.
Sixth grade students learned about the power of wishes in different societies and then followed a design to build their own wish box. The boxes needed feet and lids and the lids represented an animal that either protected the box (and wish inside) or related to the wish. Careful workmanship was critical for this delicate piece.