We’ve finished tacking up all our silly creatures & features around our kindness tree. Love the freedom and imagination!
Archive for the ‘6th Grade’ Category
Hot, molten glass, bright colors, unusual forms and monumental scale impressed art students in September! We learned about the master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his work. Inspired, we worked as a community, just as Dale does, to create two large “chandeliers” for the art room this year! Each student made a spiral or “macchia” (one of Chihuly’s forms that somewhat resembles a fluorescent taco salad shell) and used heat or simple cutting to turn their 2D shapes into 3D forms. The 8th graders assembled and hung (well, really the hanginig part was done by Mrs. Conway up on top of a table with a hammer…) the pieces in two of the art room skylights. We love coming into the art room every day greeted by beautiful colors dancing through the light!
Here are a selected few EXEMPLARY Semester Projects! Remember that these are done by students on their own time, without my help. Yup- this is ALL them!
Here they are, folks! Photos of our first batch of Semester Projects. (I first posted about this assignment here.) Please keep in mind that a lot of students chose to write reports, and those don’t make for the most exciting photos… These are only pictures of artwork made. In this gallery, you will see ALL of the art projects turned in.
Sixth graders learned about Pop Art and super-famous artist Andy Warhol. They studied his artwork, which included a lot of repetition and flat, bold colors. He was interested in making art the way a factory makes soup cans: one after the other with lots of people helping. Who says a work of art has to be “an original” to be great?!
Each semester, middle school students do an art project on their own time. They have free reign to do anything they’re interested in! It’s their chance to show me what they like and where their talents are hiding. I have seen everything from a welded cross to a quilted pillow. I often get plenty of canvases and drawings, photography and even quite a few research papers. It’s actually FUN to grade this particular pile of work! Check back soon to see a gallery of exemplary projects…………
We’ve been infusing the power of words into our artwork in 6th grade. Students got deep and found quotes that spoke to them as individuals. They searched for meaning in these famous words and pulled out themes to use as inspiration for the paradoxically lighthearted doodles surrounding the quote. These kiddos also got a taste of embracing “mistakes” in their artwork by being forced to use marker straight onto their paper without sketching first. A lesson in CONFIDENCE!