The sixth grade begins the year with an accordion book project. Each page demonstrates a different Element of Art: line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space. Besides the vocabulary, it’s an opportunity to learn about the many types of 2-D art supplies available in the art room; pencil, pen, markers, paint pens, watercolors, acrylic paints, and collage. Each page is a work of art. The covers are made using a “faux’ rice paper watercolor technique. Next up? Our first foray to an ancient culture – Egypt!
You may have noticed some tree decorations going up around the school. The seventh grade started their year with a collaborative project: Tree Wraps. In groups of five, trees around the campus were selected, measured, and then planned out on large pieces of roofing felt. Acrylics, spray paints, and paint pens completed the vision. Then, it was time to dress the trees!
…and we’re off! For the eighth grade, that means the Altered Book Project! Our young EW artists dove right in on day one, using their formidable skills and knowledge of supplies to use the art room as their very own art studio. On any given day, each student is using a different tool and art supply. Favorites so far have included spray paints, the skill saw, the torch (to char the edges of the paper), and, naturally, lots of hot glue.
During our first Art Club meeting, we mixed food coloring to create different colors of frosting and then learned how to pipe decorations onto cookies! Edible art: Yum!