Friday Update: Week of September 4-7

This week was SHORT - only 4 days due to Labor Day weekend!  I still have a ton of news to share, though:

6th Grade:
This week, notifications were given to students in class of any missing work.  Thankfully, there weren't many, but it's always good to stay up-to-date on your grades via PowerSchool!  Remember, if an assignment is marked "zero," it means that it hasn't been turned in.  So, get your missing work in and raise your art grade!

In class this week, we worked on our second sketchbook assignment (due next Thursday, September 13th), which is a drawing of a room interior, using our knowledge of one-point perspective from our first sketchbook assignment!

We also worked on some new drawing techniques: hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and doodle lines to create shading and three-dimensional form in our drawings.  Today we read about African Art and the use of patterns.  Our new drawing techniques will be used along with some African pattern inspiration in our final drawing, which we hope to start next week!

7th Grade:
Most of this week was spent continuing our work on our monochromatic still-life paintings.  Because next week is Outdoor Education, we are trying hard to get these paintings completed by the end of class on Monday.  That way, we'll be able to start fresh on a new project when we return!  Keep an eye out for our paintings on Artsonia (along with our sketchbook drawings) in about a week or so.  As long as you're registered on the site, you should get an alert email when new artwork is up for viewing.

8th Grade:
This week, we finished the construction on our clay mugs!  That means that they'll probably be fired sometime next week.  From this point forward, art becomes a little bit crazy... we're starting our plaster animal head sculptures, but in the next few weeks, we'll end up taking a break to do some pottery wheel work, and also return to our clay mugs in order to glaze.  All this jumping around allows us to make the best of our short 9-week stay in art, and to make "wait time" for drying/firing productive by working on other projects in-between.

Our key vocabulary word this week was ARMATURE.  Today, we began building the armature for our plaster sculptures.  Be sure to ask your student artist what that means!

In other art news...
Have you seen the special limited-edition Andy Warhol Campbell's tomato soup cans at Target?  This year marks the 50th anniversary of Warhol's "32 Campbell's Soup Cans" artwork.  To celebrate, Campbell's has released these fun and colorful designs!  I have a set of all four here at school!

Thanks for another great week!
-Mrs. L.
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