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.
Students used the iPad app My Flake to draw their preliminary snowflakes before folding and cutting their paper. It allows the students to see the cuts and full preview of the snowflake before drawing on their paper folds to cut out. They can see the changes that need to be made and think about images in it's full symmetry. Bonus: It saves a lot of paper cut mistakes!
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.
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.