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.