Making My Path
Middle School students learned about symbolism through studying Byzantine Art. They applied their learning by reflecting on their own journey, and symbols that represent their interests and future goals. They applied elements and principles of art to create dynamic, creative works and meaningful works of art.
Middle School students used etching to express their own self-portrait within an environment that is meaningful to them in real life. They began the work with collage and moved to etching. Some students extended the project by burnishing their etching with Prisma colored pencil.
Death in our Society
With a death of a parent of one of our MS students, we took time to reflect on unsuspecting death that occurs in our families, communities, and society. We used a charcoal reduction method and dimmed the lights along with quiet music for students to spend three days in mourning and reflection of moments of death in their lifetime.
Within the unit on Egyptian art students took time to reflect on personal life choices. The things that we do that are healthy, beneficial to themselves;to their emotional and physical health. At a turning point in their lives MS students realized their were some good habits and activities to hold on to, and some to let go of. The hand is a drawing of their own hand, along with iconic images of these objects in their lives. Students wrote artist statements (some descriptive and some more private) to go along with their art work.
How much do we let others know about ourselves, our desires, our fears, our hopes and dreams? Students considered how to interpret this concept through use of transparency and mixed media and collage.
Every person has the opportunity to transform themselves. Students used this concept to learn about metamorphosis and how to apply it to art making and meaning making. Students used wove two contrasting magazine images to create one single composition using oil pastel.
Locker Wall Mural
Working collaboratively, students designed and voted on the top 7 designs related to the school's mission statement. These designs were transferred using the grid method to larger boards, and painted and placed in the bulkhead area above their lockers.
Two Point Perspective
Students added their own touch on their 2 point perspective project. Final drawings were burnished with Prisma colored pencil and outlined with Sharpie.
Self-portraits were created using a foam transfer technique. The students considered the principles of repetition and pattern while designing their self-portraits.