First Quarter Ends

13 10 2012

I am juggling several different but similar lessons in many of my classes. I am pushing my students to increase their drawing skills from direct observation and to expose them to art history. We are working on a still life set up with very different materials and motivation. One is a traditional Cezanne style drapery, fruit, bottle, and basket arrangement. We looked at many of Cezanne’s still life paintings to try to replicate the texture, movement, and appearance with our oil pastels. We are also breaking down the still life into mulitiple views and simple shapes. So far very successful drawings and the rendering of the objects are very convincing.

My painting class is working with a still life of colorful transparent and opaque colored cups and vases, I also included some fruit and flowers. I will show them Janet Fish watercolors but since it is the first watercolor for many, I will stick to teaching them how to control the watercolor and add layers of values to create the illusion of transparency and shadows.

 My next lesson in Sculpture class is a look at The Arnolfini Marrage Portrait, specifically the symbolism in the painting.  We viewed a DVD about the different opinions about the meaning of the painting.  I am hoping my students will apply what they have viewed as motivation to be clever in their placement and ideas about symbolism in their recreations.

Next my students are to do a remix with a masterpiece and add modern symbolism into the works of art they selected to recreate different symbols in the painting.  The painting will be recreated in a tunnel book format with many layers and pieces to create the illusion of depth.

I will also introduce VoiceThread to my students so we can communicate with another art student in a different state on the process of our work and to get feedback while we are creating our pieces.  This is an opportunity to work with a peer to discuss the ideas for the lesson and propel it to be a better concept and lesson than if created only in our studio.  I am very excited about this new interaction with other students.

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