Grade 7 Toned Light Bulbs are Complete

The light bulbs are complete and they look brilliant. This has been a very popular project for my grade 7 class because they enjoy the creative element inside the bulb. They were able to create anything they like which caters to all student interests and abilities.

DSCN0914There was certainly a great deal of choice with this task because the students not only chose the style and theme of their work but the media too. I loved how some students tried breaking out of the bulb. They were certainly pushing the boundaries even further.

The major skill gained through this task other than following the design cycle was to develop tonal skills. We began by testing out the 2H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B pencils so that the students could understand the difference between them. The easiest way I find to recognize the tones in an object is to count them. 1 being the whites (from the reflected light), 2, 3 and 4 become darker and darker with the shadow often being level 5 or 6.

DSCN0935The students practised creating tonal scales so that they could transition between the levels smoothly. At home they set up 3 objects under a light and practised what they learned in class. I wish you could see their first light bulb drawing and compare it to the end result. Next time I will photograph their first drawings for a comparison or maybe use Comic Book or Instacollage on the ipads to document the change/development.

DSCN0853This was my last week with this group of students and I could not be happier with their results. I will definitely miss them but am also excited to meet my trimester 3 class on Tuesday.

Thanks for a wonderful trimester grade 7.

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