Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Using Symbols (to represent what you value)

     Out of my own interest in symbols, I compiled a list from
1,001 Symbols: An Illustrated Guide to Imagery and Its Meaning, by Jack Tresidder, that 7th graders could easily access.  They were asked to choose the qualities that they valued in themselves, first, and among the assorted symbols, find three that they could picture using together in one composition.  They created a thumbnail sketch, using a circle, square, rectangle or shield shaped format.
     I permitted the use of one piece of clip art.  I have a collection of antique-ee clipart, which is the only kind that we use.  I go into a little bit about copyright law, here. Students are so used to taking images from the internet that they don't question whether it is right or wrong until you point it out to them.  I introduce a little bit about using the text tool in Photoshop here, if the students want the lettering to curve..

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jigsaw It!

One of the final assignments for 3D Students was to take a piece of of a photo and blow it up- to three times its original size- and then interpret it in relief, using a mix of materials. I have done this in the past and not allowed the students to see how they fit together.  Why?  I don't know now...because they came out so nicely when the students could work together!  The original photo (broken in half, then half again) is of baobab trees.  For some reason I deleted the original!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Copier Prints

These prints were made from paper images from the copy machine- not a printing plate or stamp! (If you print images from a computer, you must then copy them).  I learned this technique from the book, Collage Discovery Workshop- Beyond the Unexpected: New Techniques Using Color, Personal Imagery and Creative Surfaces, by Claudine Hellmuth.

The technique involves the use of Gum Arabic and oil paint.  Buy the book to find out how to do it (fair is fair)....

We experimented with texturing canvas boards with Utrecht Modeling Paste, painted with acrylic paint. The students had never printed on fabric before, either....

Here are some more student samples:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Another one or two day project, part of my effort to have a "Fun Friday," Monday...Tuesday....a few times a month.  I supplied a sheet of vintage looking robot toys as examples, and promoted markers as the medium, which I never do.  I recommended painting the very large ones.  There was no size limitation, just the idea that the project would be done in 1-2 days. Students who can work fast and big- great...slow and small...great, too! I hung them in a dark spot in the hallway to brighten up our long winter.
~ a work in progress

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Positive Negative/ Black White Paper Faces

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Hand students alternating backgrounds- black and white, with an equal amount of the opposite color.  Have each student write his or her name on the back of the background piece (otherwise you will end up with too many of one or another)... Distribute a smaller amount of the background color for contrasting details. I gave the students a sample sheet of eyes, noses, mouths, hats, beards, and moustaches that could be used for reference (cartoon style).  They did not have to use the reference, but I knew that if I wanted it done in one period....
Fun was had by all!