Monday, May 4, 2015

Styrofoam Printmaking

For this project students were introduced to Pop Art and artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.  We also talked about Pop Culture and what things are uber popular in our world today.  Students were then to sketch out their popular culture image and then trace it onto their styrofoam piece.  When it was time to print I instructed students on how to use the printing ink and our printing press. 

We originally wanted to produce 4 images using different colored paper and inks, but time got away from us so we stuck with just one really good print.

The results were great!

Here is the link to the lesson

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Here are some samples of what AP Art has been working on for 6 weeks.  Can't wait to post the finished products!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jim Dine

For a fun and quick one day Valentine's project students learned about the artist Jim Dine and how to blend oil pastels.  We also talked about warm vs. cool color and tint, shade and tone. Here are the results.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ink and Colored Pencil Still Life

Students drew from direct observation to create this lesson.  They chose an interesting position and sketched the still life in pencil first.  Then students chose certain sections to add color too and lightly traced circles (they could use two different sizes)  to contain the area, being aware of keeping balance in their compositions.  Before adding color students completed value scales in order to understand how to create value using tone, shade, and tint to prismacolors.  Students then used sharpies to draw the contour lines of their still life drawings. 

Here is the inspiration from this project

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kaleidoscope Lettering Design

For 7th and 8th grade students we started off the new semester with a lesson incorporating our names into a design.  We started the lesson discussing the Elements of Art and Principles of Designs that can be found in the examples provided. 

Then we discussed Op Artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley and familiarized ourselves with their works of art.  Students then took a triangle of paper and created block letters of their names and traced it onto their papers flipping and rotating as they went in order to create a radial design. 

Students could use solid colors to complete their pieces or use patterns. The results are outstanding!

Here is a link to the lesson