Archive for the ‘Art I’ Category


A few more days into German Expressionism have the paintings on the walls looking AWESOME.  Full of emotion!  Soon we’ll identify individual paintings’ areas of emphasis, that being the principle of art we’re covering right now.



Before Spring Break, each art class period learned about four different artists and then chose an artist of whom to create a GIANT portrait.  First period chose Pablo Picasso, second was Andy Warhol, and sixth picked Frida Kahlo.  (Poor Salvador Dali felt no love this semester.)  In the class periods, each student was given 4-6 ‘squares’ of the portrait to recreate with chalk and charcoal.  The result was a portrait taller than seven feet that exhibited the artistic styles of the whole class while simultaneously representing a singular artist.  I think Picasso would have been proud, don’t you?


Pablo Picasso as drawn by first period.


Andy Warhol as created by second period.


Frida Kahlo, represented by the artists in sixth period and also the winner of the teacher’s vote for Best Portrait.

Congratulations Art I and II students!

We’re studying German Expressionism and Color Psychology and currently in the second stage of our process-heavy project.  Drawing upon recent figure-drawing knowledge, students created expressive ‘human like’ drawings with white paint.  Here they are adding colors after considering, “what emotion am I trying to convey here?”

Before the break (I’ll be kind to myself and not specify which break), the students completed an abstract work . They were challenged with assigning non-objective shapes to represent both the members of their family/people they live with AND the relationships between them.  They then had to write an artist’s statement defending and explaining their choices.  Here are some well-executed designs.


Shadow Stories

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Art I

In Art we’ve been learning about the Elements of Art.  To help everyone understand positive and negative space, I pulled out an old overhead projector and the students created what we’ve decided to call ‘Shadow Stories’… the students drew two-color designs and cut out the negative space to create these light and shadow works of art.

What Shoe Lookin’ At

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Art I, Shoes in Contour Line

Continuing our exploration of contour line, students drew their shoes in class.