Wednesday, September 28, 2011

8th Grade Still-Lifes

The 8th graders have been working really hard on sketches of the still-lifes. When we first start the drawing unit, we begin with a regular value drawing of a still-life (they choose from 4 in the room). Then, I really switch it up and have them do a drawing in white colored pencil on black paper. This is one of their toughest because they have to think about their pencil pressure when showing their values. The final drawing is on scratch board (which can't be of their fears). I've posted some that are currently hanging in the hallway.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

6th Grade Still-Lifes

The 6th graders have learned so much this year!! We've been working on values, shading smooth, making things look 3-D, highlights, shadows, gauging, and counting our details (among several other things). The last activity in their drawing unit is to complete a value drawing of one of the still-lifes in the room, showing at least 6 values. Here are some of my favorites!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

7th Grade Still-Lifes

The 7th graders just put their finishing touches on their still-life drawings. There are 4 still-lifes set up in the classroom and the students can choose which one they want to sketch. The 7th graders do one drawing in regular pencil and one with colored pencils. I've posted photos of each. Nice job Chey, Madison, and T.J.!

Friday, September 16, 2011

6th Grade Buttons

Every year, every trimester I start all of my classes with projects in drawing. Drawing is like the ABC's or Art class (at least MY Art class). Without a foundation in drawing, most other projects we explore would be very difficult. I always tell the students that no matter what, they WILL get better at drawing. The only students I've ever taught that didn't get better, were those who chose to not do their work. The 6th graders always start off by sketching white buttons. For the first day they are on their own without any assistance. The results are always, "interesting" and typically don't show much detail. Each day following, we start class at the board where I show them how to do something new with their buttons (3-D, highlights, shading smooth, showing value, counting details, ect.). For that day, they have to focus on what we have discussed. After about 4 days of this, the kids sketch their "Final Buttons" (by then, they couldn't be happier to be done!!). Before the kids turn them in, I have them compare their first button sketch to their last. All of the kids talk about how much they have improved...I love it! I've included one random example of a student's first sketch and 3 of the final sketches.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time Away

Alright, so I haven't updated my blog in a LONG time...but I have a GREAT reason. His name is Jacob and he was born in early Feb. I decided to take the rest of the school year off and didn't regret that decision at all! Here are a few pics of my little man...and then I promise to get back to art!