Monday, October 15, 2012

Surface and Meaning

Mixed media surface development is one of my favorite things...not just to teach, but also to do.

My students are currently working on a mixed media collage inspired by "The Next President". They can approach it by using one of the candidate's as their inspiration or they may also take a stand on one of the issues pertinent to this coming election.

The beginning surface of the piece to the left belongs to 12th grader, Rebecca T. She's got a little bit of everything going on in there as she works to express the idea of money/corruption in politics - and I can't wait to see what comes next! Go Rebecca, Go!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1st Marking Period Requirements

• Assignments due at end of class on November 7th.
   1. Shoe Drawing
   2. Next President Collage (complete or in progress) 
• Blog Obligations due by midnight NOVEMBER 2nd.
You must have your welcome post written first. If you still have not “greeted” your audience, please do so before writing your other three posts.

3 POSTS AND THE TOPICS = One Assignment Grade
• Shoe Drawing
            Discuss the process, your progress and the experience you had working on your drawing. Include photos!
• Next President Collage (in progress or completed):
            Discuss the next president collage you are working on. Include Photos!  You may also discuss this election in general if you feel inclined to do so. This is not a requirement, but you can if you would like.
• Reflection on the Marking Period:
            Think about where you started (in your head and in your skills) and reflect on how you feel you have grown. Think about why you feel the way you feel and what your role in all of it is.

Steppin' into a Groove!

The first 24 days of school have allowed us to step into a nice groove. We have created decorative papers for our full year journal assignment and have completed our pencil drawings of shoes! Each student brought in a pair of shoes to plop on the table. The students created a composition using a view finder and their camera to crop an interesting section.

Most of the students opted to draw on white 9 x 12 paper, but a few students chose to draw on a sheet from their collection of decorative papers. Click here to see some of the finished drawings. Featured here is the drawing of 10th grader, Amelia M.