Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
|Sophia's sculpture looks like a picture perfect place! Notice the shining sun and the variety of shapes and colors. We all thought that this piece of art looked like it was made on a chalkboard! The colors are very bright and cheery!|
Monday, April 11, 2011
The cityscape sculptures were a huge success! We all watched as simple wooden scraps were transformed into highly inventive and original works of art. The best part was to see how each person used similar supplies in their own unique way. I hope that you enjoy seeing these sculptures and if you like them, feel free to leave a comment! The sculpture above is by Miranda B. and plays with the idea of an imaginary place where the "Devil Horn Hotel" is the main structure on the right. Check out the vehicle on the upper left. So whimsical and fun! I'll be sure to post more great work over the next few days so check back soon!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
|Matthew C. is hard at work adding layers of oil pastels to his sculpture.|
Once again we talked about contrasting colors, warm and cool colors and complimentary colors. I reminded everyone that all of the little details and multiple layers of parts would become nearly impossible to see unless they made smart choices with the oil pastlels. I am happy to report that they did an excellent job with selecting and applying their colors!
The pastels worked well on top of the acrylic paint and it was fun to mix and blend colors together. I asked the students to outline their smaller parts with a contrasting color to help emphasize each detail. It was so cool to see each sculpture come to life as the colors worked their magic to transform the painted wood into vibrant cityscapes!
|Max had to work in the small, difficult to reach areas of the skatepark he designed!|
|David M. created a skyscraper constructed from plastic scraps that he cut and arranged to create a sense of balance!|
|Maggie M. used colors that really popped against the black basecoat!|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
|Ryan enjoyed arranging many layers of wood scraps to create his cityscape.|
The printmaking project that we did before this was a great introduction to building up layers so building the this sculpture "in relief" was a logical method to use. Basically, a relief sculpture is flat on the back
and raised out in layers on the front. I told the students that their challenge was to layer many parts to create depth not height. I gave everyone the choice of building a sculpture that could hang on the wall or sit on a table.
When you view this work I hope that you will see how each sculpture makes good use of the wood scraps which were from the school's wood shop. Students in my class were not allowed to change these scraps but had to search for pieces that would work for them. Each piece was attached with wood glue or with hot glue when pieces were not easily balanced. Originality and exploration were the most important parts of this activity and the results are exciting to see!
The first images of these sculptures show the materials in their original unpainted state. Be sure to see how the use of acrylic paint and oil pastels change the look of each city as the project continues in the
|A view of some of the works in progress as they filled up Room 9.|
|Miranda used many scraps with curvy edges. Her sculpture has a playful personality!|
|Arianna and Hannah A. experiment with adding plastic pieces.|