Welcome to the Middle School Art Program at Bateman Elementary School! I am looking forward to a productive and exciting school year. The middle school program will focus on the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design and how these apply to all aspects of art production. Students will be exposed to different art techniques, media, methods and tools that will allow them to create a multitude of work that expresses their thoughts, ideas and feelings more abstractly. Interdisciplinary connections, aesthetic, cultural and historical aspects of visual art will also be explored in all of our activities.
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Our 7th and 8th grade artists created a Creature in a Jar as a remote learning assignment. Students focused using line, shape and value to create the illusion of form with the jar.
Our 5th through 8th grade artists joined in on the fun by participating in the "Loo Roll Art Challenge" initiated by Pinkfoot Gallery in the United Kingdom. The Gallery challenged their followers to create something, anything using the toilet roll as a blank canvas. Here is what our talented artists came up with!
For this year's 6th grade Color Theory Unit students were asked to find objects around their homes to create a color wheel. The challenge was to see how many different objects in different hues they could find. This is what they came up with. Phenomenal job, artists!
Our 5th and 6th grade artists participated in the Doodle 4 Google Contest this year. The objective was to transform the Google logo into an illustration that promotes kindness. Students had the option to use any material to complete their design. As part of the contest rules, students had to write an artist statement to help explain their illustration. For more information on the Doodle 4 Google Contest please visit: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/
Our 8th grade artists created a self-portrait in response to their identity narrative they wrote in ELA class. Students created a word list focusing on their past, present and future selves and then incorporated those words into their self-portrait. Students were asked to focus on typography and traditional art-making techniques.
Our fifth grade artists learned about Zentangles - a contemporary art form that explores the use of pattern, line, shape and symbols. Students had the choice to create their final composition on white drawing paper or scratchboard. Great job, artists!
Our 7th grade students studied the art of Optical Illusions created by artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Students used the elements and principles of design to manipulate lines and shapes to create optical illusions of movement on a flat surface. Using their knowledge of Op Art, students created a three-dimensional cube using various geometric Op Art designs.
Our 6th grade students created their own diamond cut drawings. Students discussed and dissected a diamond using mathematical terms (symmetry – horizontal, vertical, radial, shapes, pattern, balance, etc.). After learning that symmetry is directly related to a diamonds worth, we set to create our own diamond drawings focusing on value and reflection.
In honor of our themes on unity and collaboration, the 5th through 8th grade students created another collaborative artwork for our third floor wall. We used the artwork of fabric artist Tula Pink for inspiration for this piece. Each student created their own diamond, focusing on color and repetition of triangles.
For our first mini collaboration project, students were asked: What do artists do? Their goal was to write and illustrate their answers on an index card, while only getting to use one color. Here is our final product:
The 8th grade students created their own Lotería cards in response to Grae Galindo’s art collection in the Bateman hallway. Content focused on the Chicago and Bateman communities, along with multilingualism.
For the second unit of the year, our 8th-grade students focused on the art element: value. Students studied value and contrast and learned about the differences between low and high values. They practiced making these wide ranges of values through various value scale exercises using special graphite pencils. For their final project, students looked to artist Chuck Close and his method of creating realistic portraits using the grid method. Students had the opportunity to chose their own photo to draw and enlarge using this method.
During quarter three, the sixth grade students investigated the element of art: color. Students learned about color theory and color mixing. Students examined the history behind color theory and its importance in the art world. Students learned about the various color schemes including: primary, secondary, tertiary, warm, cool and complementary. Using color mixing techniques with the primary colors, students created a personalized color wheel painting for their final product.
Our printmaking club spent some time experimenting with different monoprinting techniques. First, students used liquid watercolor and bubble solution to make bubble prints. Then students used Gelli plates to create abstract designs with letters and texture.
Gyotaku is the Japanese art of fish printing. “Gyo” means fish, and “taku” means rubbing. As the story goes, fishermen in Japan invented this art form as a way to record the size of their catch. After all, there were no cameras! The ink was applied directly to the fish, and the image was printed on rice paper to memorialize the moment.
The fifth-grade students created two prints for the project. For their first print, students created an under-the-sea-themed background using oil pastel and watercolor. For their second print, they used a more traditional printing method with rice paper.
The fifth-grade students used their knowledge of reflectional symmetry to create beautiful cursive art designs. The students first reviewed how to write their name in cursive. For many, this was their first time learning how to write in this manner. After they felt comfortable writing their names in cursive, students applied it to their final art piece. For color, the fifth graders used oil pastel and a blending technique to create a wide range of value and gradation in their work.
During this unit, the 7th-grade students learned about the art element: value. Value is a core element of art as it allows an artist to create the illusion of form within an artwork. Students studied value in depth including drawing various scales using graphite pencils. After students felt comfortable rendering shapes into forms, students chose their own objects to be used in their final still life. To personalize their drawing, students chose their background and foreground materials, along with the objects used in the final artwork.
It all started with a selfie and Pop Art. After having a look at various portraits and the elements that make some more interesting to the viewer than others, the 6th-grade students used iPads to take their own selfie. Afterward, students created a digital contour line drawing and enlarged it using a computer program. Students redrew the contour lines on big poster paper and added black glue to the lines. In the final lesson, students looked in depth at how artists portray the light and shadows on faces. With this conversation, they set off to apply chalk pastel to their artwork.
The 5th through 8th-grade students have been hard at work creating masterpieces for the Square 1 Art fundraiser. The students in 5th grade created inspired artwork by famous Pop Artist Romero Brito. The 6th graders used their previous knowledge of zentangles to create a zentangle flower with watercolor. The 7th and 8th graders explored multiple mediums to produce a unique and individual design.
Bateman Art Department