Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bowled Over!

New ceramics students
are trying their hands at interesting
colors and combinations.

Some pieces beg to be
touched and looked at!

These blues are
extraordinarily beautiful
to this teacher, who loves blue.

A nicely formed pinch pot
with uniform walls and bottom.
Fantastic for a first attempt!

The teacher's example,
with inscribed peace dove,
was given to the guidance counselor
who requested it.

WIRED! (or, "Wire we doing this?")

The introductory sculpture lesson includes
working with wire creating a 3-D figure
in order to become familiar with
space, shape, and mass.

Tanner's Shark!

These shapes are quite fun
and a small sample of the class's finished artwork.

Amanda's Flower

Cecilio's Scorpion!


The assignment was, working with clay,
to create a ceramic plate,
then to create real-looking food
from clay to serve on the plate.

Expecting platefuls of steak and baked potatoes,
I was surprised by the utter lack of beef!

This younger generation is growing up
with greater international tastes
than my spaghetti and chop-suey eating generation!
Among the traditional breakfast meal,
you'll find a burrito, shrimp fettuccine,
and sushi on their plates!

FLIP DESIGNS: geometry meets art

8th Grade students used
mathematical basics to create
tapestry-like designs.
Though each student used
the same technique,
individual adaptations ensured
that each work of art is
completely unique.

Students were required
to use three analogous colors,
two complimentary colors,
and (if desired) one neutral.

These 18 samples are
exemplary designs by
5th, 6th, and 7th hour students
in 3rd quarter art classes.

Click on any image to see a larger view.


Non-representational art in relief form,
Constructivism was developed
the early 20th century by
a group
of Russian artists, including

Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko.

Constructivists used steel, wood,
concrete and other building materials
to create their artworks.

We used cardboard and string
to create our 3-dimensional artwork.
Steel cable bridges reflect
the influence of Constructivist art.