Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Journal Covers

Meagan showed emphasis by adding a nun wearing black to contrast with the bright patterns.
Danielle's cover has a fossil of a skeleton holding a huge lollipop.
Now that really shows unusual proportion and creativity!

The journals look so great and are already getting filled up with artwork!  I've really enjoyed grading each of the at-home assignments because the journals are so professional looking.  The plastic that we protected the front and back covers with really adds to the  high quality appearance of each one.  I wish I could tell you that it was a piece of cake to stick it on the collages without getting wrinkles and air bubbles trapped was tough but worth the extra effort!  I'll be adding some examples of the assignments inside the journals as the quarter progresses!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Constructing the Journals

Sophia D. adjusts the binding on her beautiful handmade journal!

Darren and Anthony work on lining up their blank pages and adding paper to the inside cover to hide the clear sticker paper that is protecting the front of the cover.
Daniel shows off some serious hand strength as he punches holes through the chipboard!

Everyone is nearing the end of the assembly process and the journals have come together nicely.  I will feature several pictures of the finished journals, but I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures of students as they worked on putting them together. I will summarize the steps that we went through to make each journal:
First, students used magazine collage to thoughtfully make a composition that illustrated two of the Principles of Design. They were asked to chose the two that interested them the most.   I gave them a handout of these terms which they will keep in their assembled journal. They were required to use black sharpie marker somewhere in their design and they also had to include their first name in the picture.  After the collage was finished, they covered the front and back covers with clear sticker paper.  This paper came on a giant roll and was very difficult to work with.  Still, it was worth the trouble to have the magazine collages protected!
After the plastic was stuck on, the hole punching began.  They needed to punch holes in the front and back covers, then in ten sheets of blank white paper.  All of these parts were held together with a ribbon that we whip-stitched to form a binding.  The ends were neatly knotted and Voila! A one of a kind, personalized journal was born!  

Friday, September 9, 2011

We're Off to a Colorful Start!

Colorful and interesting magazine pieces will become amazing collage compositions...check back soon!
   Welcome to a brand new school year!  I think that 2011-2012 is going to be a year of new discoveries!  The first months of summer were great and then we survived Hurricane Irene. The storm damaged many areas of Rhode Island, leaving people without electricity, phone service and in some cases, water.  Everything is back to normal (for the most part) and I am very excited to be back in school.  Now let's get busy creating some art!
   There are two very important changes this year:  my classroom (Room 9), has been expanded by having a wall removed.  The construction took place during the summer, and I came in early to design the layout of the room, set up the furniture and get everything looking "just right".  The new space is absolutely fabulous!  I am really looking forward to utilizing all of the extra space in creative ways; can you say, "How about making more SCULPTURE!?"  
    The second change is in my schedule, since this year I will be teaching only 8th grade students, rather than 7th.  It has been very nice to see the same students from last year and I look forward to watching everyone grow as artists.  Also, every 8th grade student is now required to take ninety days of art!  This means that classes meet every day for  half a year.  In 7th grade, students get to take forty-five days of art, so this is a major improvement!
   The next few posts will show the journals the students are constructing for the "At-home Assignments" I will be requiring they do.  They are looking pretty interesting and are based on each student's interpretation of two of the Principles of Design.  More on that lesson will follow soon!