Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Doodle 4 Google

This is the one entry I sent in this year.  Best of luck Samantha.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mixing art and language

It is not very often that we can find ways to say things without saying them in art.  It is also not very often that we push kids out of their comfort zone and make them learn a new language, but that is exactly what this project is.  It is a short lesson in the sign language alphabet and a short lesson in DaVinci and his famous pointing finger that appears in several paintings.

My criteria is that is has to be a 5 letter word, with a visual image.  So they are not allowed to do their names or a logo.  It needs to be something like the word "money," and then they would need to draw both bills and coins so that the hint is understood.  Also the visual hint needs to be in color with 3-5 hints around the paper.  I also ask that they finish the wrists and not decapitate the hands.

Dylan M. - table

Sommer B. - summer

Morgan L. - Peace

Blake B. - beard

Monday, December 7, 2015

Thiebaud Yummys

I have been wanting to do this project for a couple of years, but I finally found a way to get it into my Art 1 curriculum.  The only thing that would have made it "sweeter" is if the Foods class could have been doing cakes at the same time and we could have looked (and eaten) real cakes.  Maybe next year.

Anyways, for my clay unit this year we looked at the works of Wayne Thiebaud and all of his yummy looking pop art paintings.  I knew we were going to do this in clay so it was fun to see the students translate his 2D works into 3D boxes.  Yes all of these cakes are actually hallow boxes where the lids can come off.  That alone was a challenge for some of them, especially the ones that wanted some sort of sauce to look like it was draping over the edge of the cake.

So the criteria I gave them was this.  They needed to make either a cake or a pie box.  It needed to be between 5-8 inches in any direction and it needed to have some clues as to what was their flavor.  To help them think outside of that box (do you see that I use this concept a lot, maybe I need to get an actual box for them to step outside of.  Now that would be a site, but I digress) I gave a short 10 question speed quiz.  If you have never given your students a speed quiz I highly recommend it.  This is where you throw out random questions and they have to write down the first thought that comes to mind.  So here were my questions; you can play along if you want to, but remember to answer as fast as you can.  Don't think!!

1. Favorite fruit
2. chocolate or vanilla
3. Favorite holiday
4. Favorite toy when little
5. Frosting - thick or thin
6. Favorite candy
7. Favorite food - no sweets
8. Salty or Sweet
9.  Favorite color
10. Cake or Pie

So how did you do?  Are you questioning my sanity like some of my students?  A few were confused about why I asked about toys, but I thought maybe they would remember a decoration from one of their own birthday cakes when they were little.  Same with holiday, maybe they love pumpkin pie at thanksgiving.  Again, the purpose is getting them to think.  Also I don't require them to use anything from this list.  I just usually hope that it shows them that they don't all have to make a piece of chocolate cake.

I did ask them to do a drawing in their sketchbook of a rough drawing of what they wanted to make in clay.  And then we started.  Like any clay project it took about a week to make, a week to fire all of them and then a few days to glaze and then another 2 weeks to glaze fire them all.  I hope you enjoy my favorites.

Austin M.

Katelyn S.

Lane E. 

The plate was an optional item that they could make.  It was not an requirement.

Friday, December 4, 2015

2 pt world

It seems that a right of passage in Art 1 is a 2 pt. perspective drawing.  Well this year was no different, but at the same time it was different.  How you ask?  I added a little challenge to the assignment.
Like every other year I introduced how to do a 2 pt perspective drawing and we did an example together in their sketchbooks.  We talk about how to make the buildings, the alleys, the sidewalk and the roads.  We talk about shading and finding a light source and that details will help with the realism factor.

But this year I decided to throw in a curve ball...  How you ask?  Keep reading.

I decided that I was tired of seeing 50 projects that all featured Wal-Mart/Cabelas/Hyvee.  Seriously these kids need to get out and explore the world, because these were the only buildings I was getting.  I couldn't take it anymore and decided I wanted to up the creativity and push them outside of their comfort zone.  So how did I do this??? I threw out a challenge to anyone that was willing to accept it.

Okay, so I still haven't really been clear, but I will explain.  I don't know if you have found the site called, but it is really fun.  They have a bunch of pre-made wheels or you can make your own.  I chose to make my own.  I typed in all sorts of different genres and situations and then put it on my promethean board and had any student who wanted to take the challenge spin for their fate.  I did give them the option, and I did let them know that I would give them extra creativity points for stepping out of their comfort zone.  I also told those that didn't want to take the challenge, that if I say a Wal-Mart I would take points away.  Did I mention I was tired of seeing that story in this project!

My list of genres included: Apolcolyptic, Alien, Fairytale, Historical, Mythical, Mystery, Utopian, Horror, Futuristic, Military, Steampunk and Forest.  Some of these could go any which way, but I hoped to get them thinking.  And for most of them it worked.  Some didn't even take the challenge, but came up with their own place and time.   Here are some of my favorites.  The rest are on my website.

Marissa J. - Old West

Madysen B. - Fairytale

Blake B. - Forest