Monday, November 9, 2009

Paper Portraits, Haniwa, Whistles, and Origami . . . and the Two Modern Day da Vinci's!

I'd like to thank Miss Elona for leading the Thursday classes this past week. Thanks, Miss Elona! I've been a bit under the weather and, as a result, this weeks post is running late. 


In Art from Paper, students finished their self-portraits (above). Can you guess who each one is?

Ceramics II students finished up work on their Haniwa figures (above). Each one has its own personality, and we're looking forward to seeing them again after they've been fired.

And speaking of things being fired . . . we got lots of fantastic stuff back this past week! Among them were the whistles made by Ceramics II students. After finishing the wet clay work on their Haniwa, students finished work on their whistles by painting them in acrylics.

Following are photos of some of the Origami work we did. 


Because we had so much fun, and want to do lots of origami projects, we'll be working in this art form for the next few weeks.


Be sure to check back for updates on this fun and interesting form of art! Did you know that "Origami (折り紙?, from oru meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper") is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper." (Thanks, Wikipedia!) 

Artists in several classes continued work on 
The Butterfly Project . . .

Before we move on to this week's web challenge, I'd like to take a moment to thank a couple of very talented students, Parker and Keith
who will hereafter be thought of as: 
Parker da Vinci and Keith da Vinci!

Parker's representation of La Giaconda (more commonly known as the Mona Lisa) above, and Keith's rendition below, are stunning examples of great portrait art. 

The Mona Lisa is one of the most easily recognized (and copied!) works of art in history. Thanks, guys, for your hard work! 

For the week of 
November 10th through 12th:
This week's web challenge* has to do with an artist and illustrator who is famous for his cover art for 
The Saturday Evening Post 
Bring me his name and, if you wish, a print out of your favorite cover. To give you a hint, he's an  American painter whose success with the Post led him to do work for The Literary Digest, Look Magazine, and Life Magazine (among others!). However, his work and name is mostly synonymous with 
The Saturday Evening Post :)
Bring me this information and you'll get an ATC to add to your collection! 
Whoever has the most assignment-related ATCs by the end of the semester will win a REALLY COOL PRIZE. A 2nd place prize will also be awarded. There will be a first and second prize for each school day, so get busy! Go find that artist!  
*Remember: Anytime you're doing an online search, your parent or other responsible adult must be present. No exceptions!

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