8th graders and 7th graders have completed a lesson simultaneously. 8th grade worked long and hard on a classic lesson: the still life drawing. They stared at over 25 objects for many classes, looking forst at contour and edges, then getting more and more focused on detail, texture and value. Overlapping and the use of basic shapes were key elements in the completion of this piece.
Meanwhile 7th graders took their previous study of animals in pencil to the next level. Using the work of Maine artist/illustrator Dahlov Ipcar as inspiration, students first stylized their chosen animals, then drew them on canvas-board an “cut” them up with lines to create a kaleidoscope effect. Warm and cool colors were employed to fill in the shapes and separate the animals from their environments in these abstract tempera paintings.