A big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate student work and support our Empty Bowls project at our annual art show. Participants enjoyed a humble bowl of soup and took away a piece of the ceramic bowl installation made by students to raise awareness and funds for the UN World Food Programme. If you missed the opening, the show will continue to be exhibited to the public until June 2nd and bowls are still available with donation.
I just love these "big head" portraits middle school artists created of each other; they all show so much character on the part of the artist and of the sitter. We were inspired by the gorgeous sketchbook portraits of French illustrator Lapin who infuses ordinary people and everyday things with great character by drawing with direct observation and an exquisite line quality.These portraits were done in 20 minute sessions while students posed for each other, after we had practiced some blind contour drawing exercises and studied facial proportions. Students were challenged to draw directly on to the paper with a permanent marker pen while closely observing the contour lines of their model. The figure was permitted to be included after the portraits were complete allowing for some quirky proportion in the figure and the "big heads."
Our after school drawing club is finished for the first session, but that doesn't mean the drawing has to stop! Students enjoyed exploring different subjects in their own sketchbooks, including hands, portraits, blind contour drawing, outdoor landscape studies and imagination collages. See below for some of the activities we've been up to.
Filming is well underway in the middle school art room. Students have been challenged to connect their film concept to a social issue that personally resonates with them. Students please check our edmodo site for project information, links, rubrics and feedback.
Middle school students are enjoying making flipbooks to understand how to create a sense of movement in hand drawn animations. The flipbooks will be good practice for their key assignment: creating animated films using charcoal and reductive drawing techniques.