Woohoo, this is the last week of school! My partner in crime took one of her classes outside to have a little fun making these awesome little pieces. They used large pieces of paper to make the stencils and a little flour so it won't stick around forever.
As the term and the school year wind down, I like to pull out some really engaging projects to keep every going, including myself. Right now, the Photo 2 students are working on Stop Motion projects in teams. They were given the option of choosing teams up to four people. We spent one class watching all kinds of stop motion videos. I wanted the students to choose from a range of materials to complete the project---and they did. We've got teams using foil, construction paper, a couple teams are using Legos, modeling clay, and one team is even doing a mix between using the human body and construction paper. I am excited to see the results! The inspiration for this project came from seeing the Tiny Circus in action at the Iowa Art Educators Fall Art Conference this past year. If you have never seen their work, you have got to check it out!
Over the last few weeks, four (really five if you count sections) of the Art Department classes have been working on a collaborative project. The participants are students from Drawing 1, Ceramics 2, Design in Art and Digital Drawing (Graphic Design). The Drawing 1 students used Photoshop and Wacom Drawing tablets with MacBook Airs to create the original monster. The drawings were then sent off to Ceramics 2 for construction. While the Ceramics students were creating a 3D version of the monster, the Design in Art class was using Photoshop and Wacom Drawing tablets to animate the little creatures. After production, the Digital Drawing (Graphic Design) class developed packaging to house the creatures as if they were going to be sold in stores. Below are some of the outstanding results!
January has made for a crazy weather month and lots of delays and cancellations. When I walked in my classroom the first day back from the holiday break, a kind man was dropping off the new laptops for our art classes. I was thinking it would still be a couple of weeks before the computers were here, so this was an awesome way to return to work from a long break. I got busy that day setting up the computers and had them in the hands of students the following week. The students have loved the new equipment, especially the Wacom drawing tablets. It really is the perfect set-up for all of the digital classes. Our students are so lucky to experience equipment and software that professional artists use daily. The students in Design in Art have been learning about the Principles and Elements of Art. They are currently working on applying the principles to a Pop Art influenced project. Students have been working hard for a few weeks now and I couldn't be happier with the outcomes. The drawing tablets are allowing the students to approach the artwork in a whole new manner. It is easy to see the individual drawing characteristics of every student. Additionally, the students are so engaged in this project...it's so quiet in here!