Wednesday, March 19, 2014

To Hate or To Love....Chalk

I have a love/hate relationship with chalk.  I love the projects that it can produce with bright colors and nice smooth coverage, but I hate the mess that is left behind on my tables, and counters and seats and floors and clothes and hands.  Did I mention it gets everywhere!!!

With that being said, I do one chalk project a year.  That is it!  So I love doing Georgia O'Keefe chalk flowers.  We do them on really big paper (18x24) so that they can spread and move all of the chalk around.  Before we start we look at her works of art and then I have a tub of fake flowers (since there are not many fresh ones around in March in South Dakota) and I have them draw close ups of four different flowers in their sketchbooks.

From there they need to pick their favorite flower and favorite composition and have them sketch it on a large sheet of paper.  Then they have to chalk it up, even the background.  I encourage them to blend colors and make the flowers bright and colorful and the backgrounds dark.  Here are some of my favorites.

Alex G.

Mikayla R.

Ali R.

Paige Q.

Bella J.

Malary M.

Yeva S.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

And the kitchen sink

Art 3 has been doing so many projects that I am just posting highlights on this site of some of my favorites.  If you would like to see more, than check out my website.

Chad V.'s  - painting on an unusual surface

Kenzie S. - Perspective drawing

Lexi B. - Perspective drawing

Marcelle W. - Painting on an unusual surface

Mariah B. - Choice project

Olivia M. - Choice project

Sabrina L. - Painting on an unusual surface

Sam Kj. - Choice project

Sammy K. - Perspective

Advanced Cubism and some other stuff

I am falling behind in my posts of my advanced artwork, but that is usually what happens around the end of the quarter.  But these are some of the projects that were created from the theme of cubism/shape deconstruction.  I like that some of the kids branched out and tried to do cubism in clay and other techniques and styles.

Courtney M.

Danica H.

Erin S.

Kelsey C.
Hanna S.'s choice galaxy cat
 The rest of these are from old projects that just got finished, or the last project which was a choice project.
KaSandra K.'s Sticky Messy

Maggie H.'s unconventional self portrait

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cube it up

Art 1 is working our way through the "isms" and are now working on cubism.  So of course we looked at Picasso and Braque and some Franz Marc.  I decided to direct our cubism, oil pastel project towards the Franz Marc style.  It is a little easier for them to understand, and with the contrast of light and dark colors and bright colors and blending options, they have a little bit more fun with it.

I also tried to encourage them to not only look at using cube shapes, but to mix it up and have some fun with any shapes or designs that they wanted to use.

Here are some of my favorites, but I had so many good ones this time and if you want to see more check out my website at .

Mikayla R.

Aleah B.

Kaitlyn G.

Paige Q.

Jaymon L.

Mykah W.

Madisyn V.