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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5 - Working on Mythical Me

The fifth graders are making clay sculptures of hybrid animals. They are combining 3 animals into one. They are self-portraits, where each animal represents the artist in some way. The 5th graders carefully considered each of their three animals and how to include them in their hybrid animal. The students are enjoying this very meaningful and abstract approach to self-portraiture.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

7/8 - Photo Collages

The 7th and 8th graders started with an idea. They are using photographs to manipulate images of themselves to show their ideas. This was the first time I am doing a project like this, so there was a lot of figuring things out as we went along. They learned how to use the camera to fracture their body in just the right way. Then they reconstruct their bodies using the photos. How those photos come together tells a story, shares an idea. I love how many of these works explore ideas not easily accessed through words. It is so exciting to see them wield the power of visual art.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

5th - Flip Books: Part 2

These are the second bunch of flip books. These are an amazing collection of great short animations. They used sticky-notes taped at the top so that the papers don't separate. Click "More" to see more.

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 - Flip Books - Part 1

The fifth grade just seemed to know what they were doing. They were naturals. I gave them some basic instructions like, "A flip book is a series of still images flipped so that each image is seen for just a brief moment of time. The series of still images seen in quick succession creates the illusion of movement. Now experiment with these sticky note pads creating a series of simple drawings." Each artist brings his or her own style, but they all have a fluidity and a playful sense of storytelling.
Click "More" to see more. This is only the first half. I will upload the second half tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3 - Life-Size Articulated Self-Portraits

Each student is creating a full body self -portrait out of paper that has moving parts. They are at the stage where they are finishing cutting out the various body parts and assembling them with brads. Some student have already started designing the clothes. They will paint their heads and hands after doing a skin color mixing lesson. There are so many aspects of this project that are very challenging. The third graders are embracing that challenge and doing a great job.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

6 - Sewing Flags

The 6th grade artists are finishing up sewing the flags of their invented countries. They designed the flags to represent the intangible qualities of their country. Each color and shape has a very specific meaning.

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