|Donita's work demonstrates her understanding of repetition, pattern, movement and variety. She masterfully drew this composition with a drippy bottle of gel glue! Talk about excellent craftsmanship!|
Sunday, November 27, 2011
This lesson was inspired by a wonderful tutorial on how to create beautiful fabric art using washable gel glue. I learned about how to use the glue to make a design that looks very similar to traditional hot wax batik. Check out her blog at www.that artist woman.blogspot.com. In her tutorial, Gail showed an example of gel glue batik that was a colorful wall hanging of autumn trees. I was very inspired by her results and decided to gather the supplies I would need to have my 8th grade art students try this method!
I was very fortunate that on the day I visited the Rhode Island Recycles for Education center there was a mountain of pre-cut white cotton blend fabric! I had planned on having to cut up old bed sheets, so this was a great find that certainly made my prep work much easier! I purchased enough fabric for all of my students for under five dollars. I had some money left from a fundraiser from last year so I purchased the gel glue for about thirty dollars and it was time to teach the lesson. I made a handout with biographical information about the artists Sonia and Robert Delaunay. This husband and wife team of artists both made many paintings using circles as the main motif. They greatly influenced each other and it was interesting for the students to try to guess which artist painted each of the exemplar paintings that we looked at. An example of one of Robert Delaunay's circle paintings is below.
For this lesson, I asked my students to make an original composition with a variety of circles and in contrasting colors. I also stressed the importance of creating movement when they designed their image; the viewer's eye would need to travel throughout the picture. They completed a series of pencil sketches using overlapping circles, concentric circles, partial circles and repeating circles. When we were all on the verge of being overwhelmed with all these circles it was time to select our favorites and move on to using glue on the fabric. Stay posted for some incredible circle compositions done in gel glue batik!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This image was painted by a male student in the 8th grade. His work explored his discomfort with time. He painted the figures inside a close-up view of an hourglass to show that time is constantly bringing us closer to the end of our lives. He did a great job using different tints and shades of blue in this image. I still can't believe the level of sincerity, originality and thoughtfulness my students put into this assignment! All of the images for this lesson are painted on 12 x 18 paper with tempera paints.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Expressionism is an art movement that is all about showing deep feelings and emotions. For this assignment I challenged students to be more reflective about choosing subject matter; they should be connected to it on a personal level. We had some great discussions about many social, political and global concerns in today's world. We looked at the art of German Expressionists Kathe Kollwitz and Edward Munch and it wasn't long before students were able to recognize the charged and thought-provoking themes in the work.
|"The Scream" by Edward Munch|
I also showed them the work of a contemporary expressionist painter named Joseph Minton. His work uses a range of colors that are similar to the colors of the cake tempera paints we would use. I think it is important to show work from contemporary artists, not just artists who are famous or deceased. The students enjoyed reading Minton's statements about the themes, inspirations and process of making his paintings.
|A work by contemporary expressionist artist Joseph Minton|
It was important for the students to make personal choices about their subject matter since the ultimate goal of the assignment would be to show "raw emotion" in their image. The students took this assignment seriously, and their responses are layered, detailed and personal. Because of this, I will not be listing each student's name in the captions. Instead, I will give a brief summary about the work as explained by the student artist who created it. Check back soon to see their paintings!