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.
Ancient Roman Architecture
Students were given an architectural structure to base their learning on. They were to include a hand drawn floor plan, detailed pull out drawing, printed photos, information sheet, and a Qr code of a video under 10 minutes high lighting the architectural design and architect.
When the project boards were completed, each student did a "show & tell" of their architectural piece and the viewing of their video. Each student learned individually about their own piece in depth and then the group as a collaborative whole.
I hope someday they get to visit Rome and look up their research project! So very proud of the work and effort put into their projects.
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
Middle School students used their iPads and the app Sketches to create their Nebraska bird drawings. It has a good video on how to use the app. A great site we use that is very informative is What Bird. It allows the students to research about their particular bird with visuals, and audio. They can actually listen to the sound of their bird they chose.
Students in 8th grade created some wonderful weavings! People learned to weave thousands of years ago using natural grasses, leafstalks, palm leaves, and thin strips of wood. Students could choose a traditional weaving design or a modern design of their choice.
Students learned about Navajo rugs; from the shearing of sheep for wool, to weaving on cardboard looms. Today weaving ranks as a major industry in many countries. Tapestry weaving has been known for hundreds of years in diverse cultures. In the 13th and 14th centuries the Church recognized the value of tapestries in illustrating Bible stories to its illiterate congregations.
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.