Tuesday, April 26, 2011
In order to incorporate more art history into my curriculum, I chose 4 artworks for students to alter into scratch art designs. King Tut's Mask, Edvard Munch's Scream, DaVinci's Mona Lisa, and a self portrait by Vincent VanGogh.
To create the sketch paper, I cut out the part of the original color sheet I wanted to keep (Dover Publications) or traced the image from a repro- duction. I enlarged or reduced the design on the copy machine to fit in the correct placement on a 5.5 by 8 inch paper.
Students choose two of the artworks to either finish the body, sketch in a background environment, and/or create a design. They then choose their favorite and color the original part with markers or colored pencils. Students then cut out the original part and use the background to help position and glue the original part in the negative space onto the 5.5 by 8 inch gold scratch art paper.
After a brief practice with the scratch tools on a scrap, students scratch their designs so that the design is about 50% gold/50% black. Students then choose a coordinating color to mat the drawing with.
They look awesome on a bulletin board display.... what a variety of design ideas! (apologies for the blurred and flashy pics!)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
|This is my bird's nest book I created a few springs ago. |
My friend Jo McQueen taught a class based on inspiration from Nina Bagly
about this type of binding with twigs, eyelets, fabric and old book covers.
The pages are made from cardstock covered in torn decorative paper.
We then gathered all of our bird ephemera and embellished away!
It was super fun to do the layering and collaging with all the great stuff!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Students create two sun designs, one on the front, one on the back, on a 4 by 4 inch plate. Students then carve the design so that is about 50% raised and 50% carved away. This makes the design more interesting than a simple line drawing.
Students then print their suns using black, red or pink, yellow, and turquoise or blue. They can create a single layer or double layer using one or both designs. Students are encouraged to experiment with the layering of color, composition and positioning of their plate to see what happens... which is just one of the fun parts of printing!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
|My Tree of Life as inspired by artist Jane LaFazio, using stencils.|
One of my favorite motifs to use with students is tracing
their hands as an element in an artwork.
To me, hands are representative of the self, so students
are able to put a bit of themselves into their artwork.
Here are just a few ideas using hands as a motif.
|This may be what started it all...my friend Suzie created a series of |
inspiring hand paintings in college... raise your hand, please!
|An idea from my friend Ruth, finish by zentangling all, |
or just the space around the hand...optional, add color.
|An idea from a student...trace hand over drawings of personal symbols, |
color with markers...I might just have to use this idea! Thanks M!