Artists Collaborate in Tape Murals
Quick brainstorming with thumbnail sketches were created for a starting point for the tape murals. Once approved, students walked around school to find the location that was best suited for their design. They were given 4 days to complete the tape murals. Students worked well together in their groups to try and complete before open house. 3 murals were completed in time. The others will continue to work a few more days to complete theirs. I will post final murals soon. Here is the creative process the students worked through.
Artists Collaborated and Developed new skills in Red Balloon Play
Students were given red balloons one at a time to keep in air. Slowly new balloons appeared as we worked together to keep 17 balloons floating. I played too, hence why no photos of the chaos and fun. As balloons hit ground they were out. We reflected on experience and all agreed it was easier to keep 3 floating. We then discussed various perspectives of the scene. We drew 3 thumbnails of three views: from corner of room, floating above looking down, and in the middle of the fun. Descriptive words were added. The second experience was with string attached to balloons and hitting them back and forth and ultimately at each other. A needle was used (by me) to slowly pop balloons as they played. 2 survived, only because they were hidden from me. Little sneaks. :) Same perspectives sketched, but with strings and popping and different descriptive words. Thumbnails were critiqued and used for 2 final collaborative murals with charcoal and pastels.
When we were working with Spanish III class on a PBL project, Creating Social Awareness Through Art, I immediately thought of Tonia, The Barefoot Artist. Tonia and I were in art classes together throughout high school and I've always thought she was so creative and talented in art. I also keep in touch with Tonia on Facebook and I've been able to follow her career as a mural artist. I knew she was the perfect artist to come and inspire our students in their PBL mural project. We were very fortunate to have Tonia come to our school and give a presentation with some of her original artworks as well as slideshow of her murals. Tonia also worked with our students walking around and giving advice on their individual pieces. We all learned so much from Tonia and appreciate all her ideas and suggestions for our collaboration project. It was Tonia to suggest our mural come together in a 3-D installation. Thank you Tonia, it turned out amazing!!!
Please check out Tonia's website: http://www.thebarefootartist.com
On December 10th, we were so fortunate to have amazing watercolor artist and photographer, Ryan Fox, come to our art classes to demonstrate the pouring watercolor technique. We learned how to play with liquid watercolors and release control of painting to let the water do the painting. We used masking techniques with rubber cement and hairdryers to cover our paper in multiple layers of dancing colors. Ryan brought in his beautiful works of art, slide show presentation, and demonstrations to inspire the art students to explore and create. We had so much fun with Ryan and I really appreciate him for donating his time to spend the entire day with me and all my classes. Thank you Ryan Fox for sharing with us!
Please checkout Ryan's website to view his beautiful watercolor artworks: http://www.rfoxphoto.com/index.html
On December 2, 2015 I took 40 students on an art outing for the day. We started the day off at CAM, Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, NC. Featured Artist, Sarah Cain: The Imaginary Architecture of Love, was very inspirational in teaching my students to play, explore, and have fun with art. I learned a lot as well. My students even got to play and create in Sarah Cain style. Then we ventured on a walk through the city to Visual Art Exchange and the 311 Art Gallery where we viewed many works of art by local artists. Next we hiked 5 more blocks to Artspace. Now this was an adventure with 40 teens! I was nervous, yet proud they were so mature while getting through stop lights, businesses, and traffic. I was so glad to see Artspace! We were greeted and learned about the Artists and their studio spaces. Then we all had an hour to go off on our own and tour the studios talking to artists. Amazing artful, exhausting day! We had a great time!
My sweet, caring husband bought 70 pumpkins for all my students to paint. So we had a pumpkin painting contest. Students sketched out ideas and used acrylic paint to bring design and life to their pumpkins. We displayed in Media Center the week before Halloween.
Students worked with an end in mind, by creating a plan with researching ideas, color schemes, and sketching. We practiced pinch, coil, and slab hand building techniques before beginning the process of putting their plan in play. Glazing will come next.
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Stormy Schumann-Art & Design Studio Director / Instructor / Facilitator for Vernon Malone College & Career Academy.
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