Creating this project was so much fun for me. I love Irving Harper’s work and wanted my students to see that they could create something just as beautiful with simple materials of paper, scissors and glue.
7th and 8th grade Art Elective began this project by creating many coils. I gave them 5 themes to pick from which would work easily with the rounding of a coil.
All classes created a Jasper Johns Numbers Sculpture in clay. 1-2 grades did 4 numbers, 3-4 grades did 6 numbers, and 5-6 grades did 8 numbers. They randomly chose their own numbers and added pattern to create texture.
With a new school year comes a new ceramic project. Jasper Johns will be this year’s ceramic project, taking almost 1000 pounds of clay to roll for our students.
3rd & 4th graders painted Edward Hopper’s iconic painting of Lighthouse Hill (1927)
1st & 2nd graders painted Edward Hopper’s well known painting of Ryder’s House (1933).
Students observed his simplied scenes and use of light & shadow. By focusing on a simpler image, students became aware of how light and shadow induced a mood of wonder and reflection.
7th & 8th grade Studio Art Elective ceramic projects are on display in the Library Gallery.
Mark Fox is an American artist who pushes the boundaries of paper. He says, “The canvas and panel seem so immutable and fixed, and paper is easier to manipulate”. He uses paper as sculpture that include ink drawings, cut and arranged into intricate webs of text and image based works.
Fox begins his work by asking the question- “How is a person manipulated by social or religious forces?” Students observed the overwhelming feeling of images and layers in his work. I asked my students to draw and write social and spiritual components of their lives. These separate cut words and images were then assembled into a layered composition. Studio Art Elective students worked on one main theme in the same manner and style of Mark Fox.