Monday, September 29, 2014

Piet Mondrian - Second Grade

Our Second Grade students were introduced to the work of Piet Mondrian.  

Mondrian was known for his unique style, that he named neo-plasticism, which reduced the world into complex designs using simple black lines and vivid colors.  Mondrian's work was so influential that in the following decades other painters, advertisers, architects, graphic designers, and even high fashion clothing designers around the world copied his unique style.

Using black markers, students drew their grids and then started the process of coloring the squares and rectangles in using oil pastel.

Seventh Grade Charcoal Noses

Our Seventh Graders have been busy!  Must  be those double class periods ;-)

We have been working on shading techniques and facial features.  This year's focus is on the nose.  Triarco (an art supply company) has a great reference sheet which we used as a guide to draw a simple nose form using charcoal.  

Next up, mixed-media noses!

Seventh Grade Radial Symmetry Designs

Our Seventh Graders recently completed a Radial Symmetry design project to tie in with their unit on Muslim influences during the Middle Ages.  Either using their name or a design comprised of simple shapes, students re-drew their design panel by panel until it made a complete circuit of their paper. Once finished, they then colored in their design using colored pencils or markers.

Some excellent samples follow!

Like what you see?  These are links to two great video tutorials on how to do this:

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Monterey County Fair - Party with the Animals Comes to a Close!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to share a few photos and hearty congratulations to the Bay View artists who entered their work in this year's County Fair.

Blue ribbons and a big high five to:


What a great way to showcase the learning that happens at our awesome school!

Hope to see more of our Sea Star artists enter their work next year.  Remember, registration for students under age 14 is FREE, and the online registration process takes only a couple of minutes to do.

If I missed your child(ren), please let me know so I can acknowledge their work!

Looking forward to more art-full adventures with your child(ren) this year!