Studies as early as 1941 indicated that bluish hues were the most preferred; just this summer, the world’s favorite color was declared to be a shade of blue/green based on a 30,000-person survey canvassing 100 countries. Color preference is not limited to a particular geography or gender.
Blue was determined to be the most popular color for Art 2 students who took an informal color survey on the first day of school. “It is not surprising that our results from my three classes fall in line with the preferences from the rest of the world,” said Art 2 teacher Mrs Schilling.
Researchers contend that a person’s preference for a color is determined by how much a person likes the objects associated with that color. All of the things associated with blue are mostly positive.
Blue is associated with the sky and water, as well as ballpoint pens and blue jeans, raising the average preference for blue higher than the remainder of the rainbow. Clear sky and clean water are things we all experience universally.
Color preferences can vary depending on the time of year, tied to the changing of the seasons. Typically, the colors of autumn—golden yellows, browns, dark reds—are the least-liked on the color wheel. However surveys conducted in the fall reveal an increased preference for these dark, warm shades, when participants most closely associate them with festive things like hayrides and pumpkin patches.
 Conducted by Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and paper merchant GF Smith, the survey was invited people to select their favorite shade a online by hovering over an infinite palette of shades with their mouse until they landed on the color they found most appealing.
 According to research conducted by psychologists Stephen E. Palmer and Karen Schloss at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Students used symbols to communicate ideas.
Throughout time symbols have been used to convey meaning in art. Many artists use symbolism in their art to further tell a story. Art 2 students chose a symbol, learned it’s meaning and created their projects using a thin sheet of cooper as their canvas.
Copper Tooling - Rachel Chanley
6 Reasons Why We Love Calligraphy
1. Calligraphy has a relaxing effect.
2. The design possibilities are almost endless.
3. You see instant results.
4. Handwriting has become rare.
5. Your handwritten cards will look stunning.
6. Calligraphy is not very expensive to learn.
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).
· 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
The permanent display cases in the lobby of the Wakefield High School, first installed in 1997, were given an upgrade recently with art created by Art 2 students to give the front lobby a fresh new look. The new collection of paper mache masks includes a wide variety of well known favorite characters including Olaf, Winnie the Pooh and a Minion to name a few, as well as faces made from imagination.
Handwriting is still taught in schools, but recently the time spent teaching it has fallen dramatically. Even where taught, it is soon replaced by typing, for most assignments. is no longer emphasized in elementary schools. My memories of 3rd grade involve practice of cursive on large lined paper and timed math fact tests. 3rd graders now already use laptops and keyboards, developing a high skill and preference for typing.
Calligraphy, which the dictionary defines as the art of fine handwriting and dates back to ancient China, is at least 4,000 years old. I’d never go as far as saying the pen is dead or that handwriting will disappear, but it certainly poses a question as to its future. Art 2 students at WHS have learned the Celtic Alphabet and how to draw Celtic knots. Here are some examples of our class work.
The Annual Downtown Holiday Window Painting field trip was a success! We had 27 businesses participate this year and the students were great. We hope you get a chance to check out the artwork on the windows downtown. Happy holidays!