Friday, November 20, 2009

Color Wheel High School Art

I apologize for the bad photos and cropping. I'm not using photoshop because I don't have it on my new laptop. Art Theory 1 made these color wheels with watercolor. They worked on them for 3 days I think.

Non-Objective Abstraction Family Portrait High School Art

The Art Theory 1 kids had to create a family portrait with only shape, line, and color to represent family members and their relationships with each other. They worked on them for 4 periods.

Old Man Face Drawing High School Art

Art Theory 1 drew an old gentleman's face from a large jpeg on a tv monitor. I think they worked two periods on it.

Human Skull Contour Drawing High School Art

In Art Theory 1 the kids did contour drawings of a skull. Not a real skull. A plastic one ordered from a catalog. My mother who also teaches high school art used to have two real human skulls that her kids would draw.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Dangerous Path High School Art

Studio Art had two weeks to create a drawing dealing with the theme, "A Dangerous Path". I showed them video game stills, some sci/fi fantasy images, photos of booby-traps, and I can't remember what else. This was by far the most successful project of this year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Text Art High School Art

This was a two week assignment in Art Theory 2. I did a presentation of artists that use text such as Ruscha, Kruger, Pettibon, etc. They have to mix a realistic image with a text of their choice in a medium of their choice although I should have asked them to use just india ink. They shouldn't have too many choices to make. Too much freedom and they become paralyzed.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AP Studio Art Concentration High School Art

I have six AP Studio Art students this year up from four last year which was my first year teaching the class. We had a 50% passing rate last year and hope to do a little better this year. Pinewood is a small college-prep school where most kids are in multiple AP classes, sports, clubs, service groups, etc. So this group has a particular difficulty with putting in the time needed to make a great AP portfolio. That aside, the kids are fantastic and are working their butts off. Here are a few photos from their concentrations. Much like I did when I was in high school, they love Surrealism. They have two weeks to finish each piece in their concentration sections. Click on the image to get a bigger view.

Painting Non-Objective Abstraction High School Art

Highschoolart is back. Our school scanner wasn't working, but I have found another means to bring you the best of Pinewood's High Schoolers. For these photos, the Art Theory 2 class stretched and gessoed their canvases and are starting to create non-objective abstractions. I did a power point on Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting, Post-Painterly Abstraction, and contemporary abstraction. I used images from Pollock, Kline, De Kooning, Rothko, Newman, Louis, Frankenthaler, Stella, and Todd Chilton for the contemporary painter. The kids have two weeks to mess around with squeegees, palette knifes, masking tape, and brush.