The POWER of Art – G8

PART 1

I wrote EARLIER about the grade 8 students using compositionobservation, and toning skills to complete these beautiful skeletons.

PART 2

BACKGROUNDS AND TECHNIQUES.

As an introduction to mixed-media the students were given 3 different techniques, step by step. Once they completed these small one-lesson tasks they were ready for part 3 of the final task which was to:

 “GIVE MEANING TO THEIR SKELETON- with a mixed-media background”. 

Lesson 1

  1. DRAWING GROUND:

    Tissue paper, brown paper, newspaper strips and graphite powder.

    Observational drawing of shells with pen.

Lesson 2

  1. GESSO/GEL:

    Gesso and mixed media -trees

    Apply gesso, draw in with charcoal, chalk and oil pastel. Add watercolour, tissue paper and black ink while the Gesso is still wet.

Lesson 3

  1. Mixed media on newspaper

    Stick newspaper onto paper, drybrush or glaze Gesso, draw the fruit, dry-brush the base colours (min 3 values), add tissue paper for texture, wash in the background, when dry add stencils, bubble wrap and outline if needed.

PART 3

FINAL TASK:

You’ll create an awesome mixed-media painted background, which will be merged digitally with the bones to give your art a NEW meaning.

The goal: to give meaning to your art, by communicating to your viewers.

You have the skills, and imagination now it is time to make an impact with your art!

STEP 1:

Brainstorm ideas on Coggle

MeaningsConnections_to_Skeletons_and_Bones (1)

STEP 2:

Expand those ideas through the lens “values, beliefs and customs”

YOUR_TOPIC_OF_INTEREST

This was a brilliant way to get more depth in the student’s art. Now, when I ask why did you add this? Most students have been talking about their message through the eyes of another culture. They documented and shared their ideas before creating the final piece.

SOME BACKGROUNDS IN PROGRESS

STEP 4:

To merge the completed or nearly completed canvas with the skeleton to test that the meaning is clear. Here are the FIRST versions created on Friday. See if you can guess their theme and possible messages.

STEP 5:

When we get back from the break, the students will: manipulate, merge, add text, experiment, layer, and improve their backgrounds (if needed), to create their FINAL piece plus a poster, which will be printed and displayed with an artist statement.

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A sample of a poster

I really can’t wait to see the final results! 

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