Two grades have just finished up projects in the past week.
6th graders completed ceramic sculptures of Chinese Dragons. These dragons have a more serpentine style than western dragons and fly by magic rather than wings. Students had to create free-standing, self-supporting pieces and use several textures. They finished them with acrylic paint in layers to create unique color schemes.
Like centuries (perhaps millennia considering the material) of artists before them, 7th graders are using charcoal to make their marks. Using photographs of animals for their subjects (it is difficult to get animals to sit still long enough for portraiture) the students began with pencil studies and once they had a good sense of their animal moved onto charcoal. The started by toning the paper to fine a middle value, then added basic shapes. From there students used the erasers to pull the lightest areas forward and charcoal for the deepest shadows. Blending ensued. More final detail was added with charcoal and “white charcoal” pencils. The classroom (and many hands and faces) were a mess but the results are stunning.