Friday, September 21, 2012

Soap Carvings, Assemblage, and Individual Studies

Art 1- This week we worked on soap carvings. Students were instructed to carve a boat first and then were given the freedom to carve whatever they wanted. This project introduced the art of carving. Students really enjoyed this project! I am also including two sketches from Art 1 students.


 Art 2- For the past two weeks students have been working on textured landscape projects. Before starting, students researched Anselm Kiefer in order to get inspiration and insight into the art of assemblage. Students used drywall mud and other found objects in order to add texture to their projects.

Art 3- For the past two weeks, students have been working on individual study projects. Students chose their own projects. We alternate between me assigning them a project and them coming up with their own project. This gives students more freedom to explore the many aspects of art! 


Monday, September 10, 2012

First Projects

Art 1- Op Art

The term Op Art refers to Optical Art. Op Art followed the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. It was first called "kinetic art" (art which moves) because some of the art actually moved or appeared to move because of the way the designs played tricks on the viewer's vision. Josef Albers and Victor Vasarely are considered the "fathers" of Op Art. However, one of the most effective Op Art illusionists is Bridget Riley. Although Op Art did not last long as a leading movement, its effects were powerful. Its influence on fashion design, textile design, product design, music, and advertising is immeasurable.

Students created their own Op Art by using numerous elements and principles of design, including lines, pattern, movement, and shading (value) to create the illusion that sections are rounded. Students also learned how to create over 10 other optical illusions. Some projects are pictured below!


Art 2- Art Communicates

Art communicates in many different ways and artists use art as a means of communication. In this project, students used sign language to communicate a particular word to the viewer.


 Art 3- Biblical Representation

Students were given the freedom to choose any verse, story, or parable from the Bible as their subject. Students then found a way to represent (or communicate) their chosen Bible verse, story, or parable without using words.


"Coat of Many Colors"



"Red Sea"