Our 4th and 5th grade artists participated in the Square 1 Art Fundraiser. Students had a choice of creating an artwork inspired by Chicago artist, Emilia Chang, or create a work of there own. Here are their finished pieces.
Notan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are placed next to the other in the composition of art and imagery. In this unit, 6th grade students explored the relationship between positive and negative space using the Notan design, while focusing on both geometric and organic shapes.
Our 6th-grade artists created these amazing contour line flowers and objects using India ink and liquid watercolor. The goal was to work large-scale and to practice gestural line work and motion. Students were challenged to create continuous or blind contour lines within the composition. They were also guided to explore a variety of organic shapes found during their observation drawing.
Our 8th grade artists participated in a neurographic artwork. This process uses a drawing technique that links the conscience with the subconscious. The link is made by activating connections between brain cells and neurons. The result is an awareness and mindfulness that helps turn stress into calm and therefore, is a strategy used in art therapy. After finding a calm space, students think about a problem that is on their minds. Then, the artists draw an intuitive line, scribble, or doodle that reflects their problem for ten seconds. Following the line drawing, students work on rounding out the connections made with the overlapping lines. Lastly, students take their drawing and transform it into an artwork, applying patterns and watercolor.
The collaborative bulletin boards have become a staple in the middle school art classroom's drawing center. During independent studio time, students may choose to apply color or other designs to the back bulletin board. The goal for this school year is to complete four - one for each quarter.
Our 4th and 5th grade artists created Zentangle Leaf compositions. First, they learned about the zentangle method; easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. After students practiced a variety of zentangle patterns, they collected leaves outside that had fallen from the trees. Following the collection, artists traced the leaves, using overlapping techniques to create new shapes. Next, our artists created a variety of patterns inside each shape using a permanent marker, and finally, added a watercolor background.
This year our middle school artists can take part in the Post-It Note art gallery. During studio time, students can choose to create an artwork on a Post-it note using any media they'd like. Afterwards, they post their artwork to the space and take another artist's work of their choosing. Over time, the this part artist card gallery becomes a collaborative space that continually changes and evolves.
To begin the year, students were given the prompt "Art is..." Each class worked collaboratively to create a list to complete the sentence. Afterwards, each student selected a word to illustrate on card stock. Here is our collaborative art piece!
The 7th grade students learned how to transform shapes into forms using 1-point perspective. The drawing method is used in various disciplines and careers, including 3D modeling programs and architecture. Using their knowledge of 1-point perspective, students created a bird's eye view composition. They added patterns to the tops and gradients to the sides of the forms. To finish off their drawing, they applied watercolor to the background.
An agamograph is a series of images that change at different angles. This work is named after the Israeli sculptor, Yaacov Agam, born in 1928. He is known for his optical and kinetic art. Our 7th grade artists completed their own version of the agamograph, first, drawing two op art designs. Afterward, they used their construction skills to transform their two op art images into an agamograph, which resulted in three optical illusions in one!
Peruvian Folk-Art Plates were traditionally made by hand, and then painted with Incan, Hauri and Moche
cultural designs and symbols. Each plate demonstrates great skill and craftsmanship, and echoes the traditions and history of Ancient Peru. In this project, students created their own plates using paper and tooling foil with an emphasis on variety in color and pattern.
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.
Bateman Art Department