Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ode to Autumn, Week 5

Last week we experienced the Autumnal Equinox, and celebrated the occasion through fall colors and artwork. Before we get to those, however, let's take a peek at something else!

The artwork above was created by Brett, and brought into class to share. His attention to detail is particularly impressive, as is his use of perspective when drawing the cabin in the background. Great work, Brett!

In Ceramics I the students made finger puppets (photos of fired works will be posted later!). Ceramics II students started work on clay whistles. As soon as they're finished we'll get a sneak peek of the pre-fired works!

You may remember me mentioning that we'd see more dioramas from our Art From Paper class. Well, here they are! The one just above was created by Zoe, who was inspired by gardens.
Lark created the above diorama, using animals as her focus.
Jackson and Cynthia took their inspiration from nature. Jackson's diorama (above) shows a man rock climbing, while Cynthia made a collage from elements of the sea.
My photos don't do justice to the original artwork!
Explorations in Art (4th-6th) students continued their work on the Book of Kells project. Some artworks are really taking shape, so I hope to share photos with you soon!
And now, our Ode to Autumn . . .

Supplied with a collection of leaves, and an assortment of fall colored crayons, students in Explorations in Art (1st-3rd) did beautiful and creative leaf rubbings!

Above you can see a work in progress!

Students layered colors to create interest . . .

One student even did a leaf portrait (above)!

A veritable leaf landscape was created by one student, while another created a patchwork of different colored leaves all on the same stem! What amazing creativity!

Mixed Media artists began work on a two-week project that involves watercolor, paper, and weaving. That's all I'm going to tell you for now! You'll have to check back next week to see the final masterpieces! :)

Last week's web challenge involved finding information and photos about HANIWA figures. Diego, Roman, and Keith all came through, earning ATCs that were made to order! Thanks, guys! 
The haniwa featured here represent a small portion of the vast variety created since the 3rd century. One thing they all have in common,though,is personality! 

If you want your own ATC--any design you choose--be sure to do the web challenge each week. Remember, the student with the most assignment-related ATCs by the end of the semester will win a REALLY COOL PRIZE!
So, here's the challenge for 
September 29th through October 1st:
Do a search* to find the TWO TYPES of CUBISM, and bring in a picture of each! If you can name three famous Cubist artists, all the better!

*Remember: Anytime you're doing an online search, your parent or other responsible adult must be present. 
No exceptions!

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