Saturday, February 20, 2010

Copying the Masters, and More Great Art!

Quite a few students participated in the web challenge last week, and I'd like to take a moment to recognize them before recapping the work we did in class. Special thanks to:
Valencia, John-Luc, Hunter,
Parker, Morgan, Tavia
Keith, Delaney, and Ivy! 
Each of you found your favorite Canadian artist. Great work! 
Drawing and Painting students finished their modern masterpieces this past week, and I'm sure you'll agree that these photos were worth waiting for!
We learned a lot about the artists' work we copied. Each brush stroke, each decision about placement, and each color choice opened a window on that artist's mind. 
While this wasn't necessarily an easy exercise, it was very rewarding when finished! 
In Explorations in Art (4th-6th), River finished a magnificent work that he's been laboring over for the past several weeks. It's a pencil on paper work which he calls Nighttime Jazz (below). He's proven that talent, patience, dedication, and time can work together to make something incredible! 
Great work, River!
Students in Explorations in Art (1st - 3rd) learned all about the element of Texture, and how texture can make a work more interesting and approachable! After discussing several famous works of art, the young artists put together collages (and a drawing!) of various textures . . .
Students in Portraits class continued their work on the human face. We discussed the boney structure of the face--the nose in particular--and set to work on portraits of each other. Though we've only been in the class for a few weeks, young artists are already making great strides and improvement in their portrait work!
In Drawing and Printmaking
we finished up our unit on stencils . . .
. . . and several students in the class brought in work that they'd done at home! And because of this special dedication to the ARTS, the van Gogh award goes to 
. . . (drum roll, please!) . . .  
Kelton, Nathan, and Kaylyn!
Great work!
And now for the coming week's web challenge! For the week of February 23rd through 25th, search* for the following:
Look for a Native American artist whose work you particularly enjoy. The work can be in any medium (paint, ceramics, weaving, sculpture, photography,etc). Bring me the name of the artist, the tribe and area/region where they come from (example: Hopi tribe from the four corners area), and a print out, or your own drawing (if printing isn't a possibility) of a work of their art which you like. This should include the title of the artwork.

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

When I receive your completed challenge**, 
you'll receive your ATC!

**Because this is a WEEKLY (and completely optional!) assignment, the information must be presented to me the week it is due. This keeps things fair for those who work hard to find the answers and turn them in on time. Whoever has the most assignment-related ATCs by the end of the semester will win a REALLY COOL ART PRIZE. A 2nd place prize will also be awarded. 

There will be a first and second prize for each school day, so get busy!  

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