Monthly Archives: November 2015

Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit

Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit
Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit
Intro To Ceramics students were very busy in Term 1. Students were introduced to clay, wedging, glazing, and hand building techniques such as test tiles, pinch pots, joined vessels, and coil construction. Tactile awareness is essential in clay construction, being able to construct a vessel being 1/4″ thick in most areas, smooth in another, then adding texture to accentuate the form, can really make or break a piece.
Essential Understandings
  • Successful hand building is based on quality craftsmanship. In order for the students to showcase a quality hand built piece quality construction and glazing is vital to the overall craftsmanship.
Objectives to the project
  • Students will utilize the standard hand building qualities which include, wedging of clay, 1/4″ thick walls, smooth on one side, slipping and scoring to adhere a seamless piece. When glazing the glaze must enhance the final product. Selection of glazing is vital to the overall finished product.
  • Elements of art utilized in term 1 projects: Form, Texture, Color
Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
     1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
     2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood

Studies in Balance and Contrast

Studies in Balance and Contrast

Art 2 students used black and white paper to create two Notan collage designs, one abstract and the other design recognizable as a noun (person, place or thing).
Essential Understandings

·  A successful Notan design has balance and contrast of positive and negative space.

·  Craftsmanship is essential to a Notan design.

Objective of the project: Students created original images using cut paper to demonstrate balance between positive and negative space.

·  Art Elements – Space and Shape      ·  Principles of Design – Contrast and Balance

 

Graphic Design Portraits

Graphic Design Portraits

During Term 1 in Graphic Design, we started to learn about how color choices are everywhere in design. For example, muted tones will make you more relaxed than bright colors. A five star restaurant will use neutral colors to make you want to stay a while while a fast food restaurant with bright colors will not give you that feeling. Color choices are important!

We used the app Scribbler Too to create a portrait that showed an emotion or feeling. We then learned how to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop much like how fabric and wallpaper is made. When we put them together, we created some pretty awesome portraits! Check them out!

Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
     1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
     2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood