The watercolors are from the Spring adult watercolor class. I really enjoyed working with this class. The last image is an advance student. They all did a wonderful job!
This class was all about printmaking. Printmaking is an art form used by artist to create multiples of their work. As a class the student's created a print exchange where they made an edition of prints and then gave one print to each of their class mates.
This class was all about clay. The kids loved...I loved it. My students inspire me everyday. It was a joy to see them problem solve and create wonderful characters. Thanks Bill Nybo for helping. Our first project was creating two finger puppets. Next we focused on creating a vase or vessel. It was made out of coils. Our third project was a mask. The students looked at different culture masks from around the world. They then drew out an idea of what their mask would look like and then created it out of clay. Unfortunately we ran out of time to glaze these wonderful pieces.
In this class we worked with all types of paint. We started by looking at the color wheel and mixing and matching colors. Color theory is an important part of painting. The first paintings were created with watercolor. The owls are an oil pastel resist with watercolor. I taught this class by first doing a project as a group and then the students could create their own images with the same tools as the group project. After the owls we started painting with tempera and then acrylic. I think the students enjoyed the acrylic paint the most. Our last project was a self-portrait. We studied many different artist self-portraits. The students drew numerous portraits and then compose a painting from those drawings. If you would like to see these self-portraits, they will be hanging in the Front Gallery of The Arts Center starting some time in March. I will post the dates when they are finalized.
This was an exciting class. The students created their own superheros, logos, colors, plots, action scenes, and books. Each one was different. I am very proud of all the hard work. They were very focused on this project. On the last two days they had a reception to exhibit their books. They also created their own capes with their superhero's logo. While wearing their cape many tried their skills of flying by jumping off the stage. Thank you to everyone who came to the reception to support the students!
In this drawing class we drew with all types of drawing tools from chalk and charcoal to pencils and oil pastels. The first drawings are some examples of the contour line drawings that we practiced almost everyday. The students lived up to the challenge. By the end they were doing blind contour drawings (they didn't look at their drawings, hands, or pencils while drawing the image). We also practiced how to add depth and shape to our drawings (hand print drawings and the snakes, pencil, and paint brushes).
In this class we explored the world through textures. The students studied real textures and implied textures. The real textures were used in an animal project based on the wonderful artist Eric Carle. Then they studied zentangles in many different forms. The textures in the zentangles are implied and all created by the students. Our final project each student did a section of the image and then we put four together to create one implied texture flower.
Hope you all had a great summer. This is the first class from the fall 2014. It is exciting to be back in the classroom with a new group of students. Hope you enjoy the drawings and wonderful paper mache.
I need to start by saying I am sorry this took almost a month to post. This is the last arts after school class. It was about perspective. The class was a great end to the year. The giant white wall sculpture was created in the manner of the sculptor, Louise Nevelson. The piece was created by all the 5th grade students in the Jamestown schools along with the 6th grade from St. Johns Academy and the Arts After School perspective class.
Here it is the 2nd to the last Arts After School session for this school year. This session started out with a canceled first day because of a snow storm...March 31. From that point on our class didn't follow the path I envisioned. We were lucky and had the dance resident, Katherine join our class for a whole week. The kids enjoyed loved it. I got to participate. I enjoyed learning about another form of art. A big Thank You to Katherine for all her hard work. While learning about dance we work on the structure of the face with portraits and then the cultural importance of masks. The masks are paper mache and tinfoil. I would suggest this method to anyone thinking about making masks with kids. If you have questions about the process let me know I am happy to share.