Wakefield High School Ceramic 1 Art Students have just completed their hand-building unit for term 1. It has been an unconventional start to the school year, to say the least. Although very different, the productivity coming from the Hybrid model has been a very exciting process. More focused time has been spent on project/sketchbook planning, and the detail in the students’ work proves it. Term one exposed the students to three construction methods, pinch, joined vessel pinch, as well as slab construction. The surface treatments that were explored were; sgraffito, slip and score with appendages, and underglaze painting. Very excited to see where this year takes these students.
The objectives for this project were to:
- Create an abstract composition with shapes based on 4 numbers, fill in each shape with a full range of value-black to gray to white.
- Exhibit a skillful use of the tools: drawing pencils, ruler, kneaded erasers, soft white erasers, and blending sticks to produce a technically correct drawing with no visible outlines. Shape is determined by value.
Students in the Honors Drawing & Painting class have just finished up with their Self – Portraits. They have worked extremely hard over the last month and a half to complete these portfolio pieces. For most of these students this was their first ever full portrait. I would have to say I am very proud of all their improvements. Keep up the great work!
Graphic Design students have learned so much this year! One of the last skills we learned was how to edit photos in a convincing way so they don’t even look “photoshopped”. To do this project, students chose a famous painting and took their own photo in the same position. They had to blend their face onto the famous photo by editing color, contrast and brightness. They even had to edit the texture to make their face look like it was on a canvas or had cracked or smeared paint. This project is one of many that bring many ideas and skills together that they have learned over the course of the year. Nice work, Graphic Design!
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
2.13 Use color, line, texture, shape, and form in 2D and 3D work and identify the use of these elements in the compositions of others Examples include: line as edge treatment and in patterns; color temperature, mass and volume as functions of color, size, perspective; negative space; visual and surface textures.
2.17 Create artwork that demonstrates facility in selective use of elements and principles of design to establish a personal style
Studio Art 1 students have been very busy since the beginning of the school year. The students began discussing the elements of art, and now have gone into depth with the element “Value’. Students have used both graphite and white charcoal while observing their own paper sculptures and then worked with a value range to create their final product. The introduction of the tortillion (blending stick) has been an exciting tool for many to use on their projects.
Objectives for the students were as follows:
Students will use their observational skill to illustrate the details of their paper sculpture.
Students will create the full value scale to turn their flat shape into form. Utilizing graphite for the paper sculpture and white charcoal for their airplane drawing.
Massachusetts Visual Arts Standards
2.14 Review systems of visualizing information and depicting space and volume, for example, scale and vanishing point, linear, atmospheric, and isometric perspective; and create works using these systems
Illustration students worked on oversized drawing paper to create their own reflective / distorted portraits. Students searched for a unique object that would reflect their image. Then with shading and a strong use of value they went ahead and illustrated their portraits. These have become great pieces to add to their portfolio’s.
Four students from the Graphic Design classes submitted their pieces to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Keep checking back here for results!
To view all the student self portraits, please click here to be redirected to Ms. Sharkey’s page.