Friday, August 2, 2013

High School Art: Fractured Still Life Painting in Tempera

Students learned all about still life paintings and their role in art history.  Students then learned about and viewed Romero Britto's still life examples.  As a group of four, students arranged a still-life using objects from the art room still life collection (students had an option to bring in objects as well.)  Students drew still life objects on 16 x 20 tag board with pencil and then fractured their drawing into at least 30 sections (geometric or organic fractures.)  Students then used primary, white and black tempera colors to begin painting each sections different colors and values.  Students were to pay attention to making sure objects were unified and contrasted with the background and other objects nearby.  Halfway through their paintings I allowed students to use non primary colors.  Once the entire painting was painted, students were to paint patterns into each section.  The requirements were to at least do half of the painting in patterns (it got kind of tedious after awhile!)  Here are some of the fun results:

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Here is my Intro to Art Class's final exam project.  They were to create a linocut that somehow represented a famous artist.  They were then to print at least nine times with the linocut to create a monoprint (a unique artwork made through the process of printmaking.)  Students collaged and hand-painted many of their prints to give them a unique look. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Elements of Art Non Objective Paintings

Students in Painting and Advanced Painting created a non objective painting using acrylic paint and mixed media elements such as fabric and tissue paper. The goal was to showcase all elements of art (color, texture, value, line, space and shape- we left out form since we were working within a 2-D space) within their painting. Students viewed artwork by the famous Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky to see how he used the elements to create nonobjective paintings. This project was the first project this year in painting and gave students the chance to play around with the acrylic paint, palette knife painting, using gloss medium and impasto paste. Here are the results:

Tony T

Sadie D

Paul G

Paige W

Mike H

Kelsey M

Jessie L

Emily T

David W

Christine B

Charlie W

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Charcoal Self- Portraits

Students in 11th period drawing completed miniature self-portraits in charcoal before beginning on their final self-portraits. Students focused on looking for values throughout their face and using the charcoal to blend and shade these values. Don't they look fantastic?!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Self- Portrait Links

Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh both completed numerous studies of their own faces. To see their self-portraits check out these links.

Van Gogh's Self-Portraits

Rembrandt van Rijn's Self-Portraits