Art students created detailed drawings of butterfly wings using a circular view finder on cardboard circles. They used Crayola Portfolio Oil Pastels which allow for very smooth application. So proud of these 7th graders blending and smoothing their pastels with great patience.
Graphic Design students were asked to take a nature walk and shoot some photos using their iPhones or iPads. I asked them to look at the unusual, detailed and interesting areas around them. To think about why they would take a second look at something and then take the photo. We reviewed "Rule of Thirds", how to look for a good foreground, and how some of the most interesting subjects are often found on the ground in unusual areas so get up close. Also to be observant of your light source and time of day.
Our collaborative murals began with our guest artist Mary Vaughan planning our design themes, measuring and constructing over 90 wooden panels and creating the layouts of different sections that ultimately was created and painted by the students. Enjoy the slide show of the work in many stages and progress.
Thank you to our funding partners.
Nebraska Arts Council:
"THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL, A STATE AGENCY, HAS SUPPORTED THIS ARTS EVENT THROUGH ITS MATCHING GRANTS PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, AND THE NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT. VISIT www.nebraskaartscouncil.org FOR INFORMATION ON HOW THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL CAN ASSIST YOUR ORGANIZATION."
Hamilton Community Foundation:
MATCHING FINE ARTS GRANT
Aurora Public Schools:
VISUAL ARTS FUNDS
6th grade students love drawing nature. For this assignment students were asked to draw without the use of a visual, only from memory. I collected their memory drawings and then let the students use an image to look at. They were amazed at what they could draw. I wanted the students to understand that we rely on what we think we know verses what reality is. It is important as beginning artists to to LOOK closely and draw slowly to see the details, and proper proportions of a subject.
Visual Art students were given an assignment to create a Color Wheel or Spectrum using paint store color chips samples. They could include illustrations, paper cuts, etc. We also looked at a the very creative and popular Sherman Williams ad campaigns using color paint chips.
While helping students understand and define color themes, the terms "warm" and cool" are often used to describe a color. In general different blues, greens and violets are considered cool colors while yellows, oranges and reds are considered warm. We associate certain feelings rather than actual temperatures. A warm yellow-orange might feel cozy like by a fire or cool blues feels calming as water by a beach. Warm colors optically tend to advance while cool colors recede. Whatever the color theory process we teach our students, they always seem to choose the one they love the most to be able to create these wonderful paintings.
Simple watercolor postcards were used as students practiced using Nasco's chart of watercolor techniques.
Eight by ten canvas panels were covered with old book pages using gloss medium to create a collage effect for the background. Students then had to choose a living thing as a subject to watercolor. Unlike watercolor paper the paper tended to resist the color due to the gloss medium. Several layers were added to get the stronger colors. The rule of thirds compositional technique was emphasized.
The art of silhouettes was incorporated using a watercolor wash with salt resist technique on watercolor paper to create these beautiful images.
Connecting students with the natural environment around them will help them learn the importance of taking care of their world around them as well as the appreciation for the beauty that exists in something as simple as a prairie flower.
Students could choose three wildflowers to draw from a list of very strange sounding wildflowers, focusing on Nebraska Wildflowers. Foxglove, Houndstongue, Thorm Apple, Old Man's Beard, Sweet Pea, Tarweed, Jewelweed, Bitter Sneezeweed, crowpoison, and a favorite Jack-in-the-Pulpit are a few of the odd names given to these beautiful flowers on the prairie. Wildflower Brochure by NDOR.
A great website to use in the classroom is simply www.wildflower.org
I live in Nebraska and love teaching art! I get the best of all worlds.... I teach High School Graphic Design, Middle School Studio Art and I am an adjunct instructor at our local college.