Friday, November 16, 2012

Flickering Light

My students are starting to see the light and their lantern designs are really coming along! Here's a little video of my sample cut pattern. Student work is featured below.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cast Your Vote ...

Today is election day. For the past three weeks, my students have been working on mixed media collages as a visual means of "casting their vote" or "taking a stand" on an issue pertinent to this election. I am so proud of ALL of my students for taking this idea and running with it. The work featured above, from the top and then left to right: Noa B: grade 10, Melony L: grade 11, Kate W: grade 12, Kelly N: grade 12, Erin C: grade 10.  Click here to see many more!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cut Paper Lanterns - Seasons in Light

We are starting a lesson where my students are being asked to design a paper lantern that is inspired by a season. I am having them approach it like a design challenge! Ya gotta love a good challenge!

In addition to their imagery (that will be cut from paper), the students must also design the lantern's structure - size, shape and style.  I want my students to consider design ideas for opacity, light flow, layers and sculptural properties.

As part of their research for design inspiration and possibilities, I am directing them to check out these artists who work with cut paper.

Prepare to be amazed.
Beatrice Coron
Peter Callesen
Bovey Lee - Work featured above
Kara Walker

Click here to see a bunch of artists who work with cut paper.

Beatrice Coron on TED talks.

I can't wait to see what my students create!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Blog Deadline Extended

Due to Hurricane Sandy and the three school days we missed, the marking period has been extended. The blog posts are now due on Monday by Midnight. Please refer to this past post for the topics.