About Middle School Art Elective
Middle School Art Elective consists of a variety of projects that strengthen students’ artistic skills. Projects are taken from student interests and include drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, and mixed media artwork. The goal of art elective is to strengthen the skills of the students by going more in depth with technique and design, as well as helping them understand art through more in depth studies of art history.
- MS Art Elective Update – December 2015
After finishing their recycled paper bowls, Middle School students practiced their observational drawing skills by making blind contour drawings. A blind contour drawing is one in which the artist looks carefully at the object they are drawing, but without ever looking at their paper. Some students find the blind contour drawing to be very frustrating, because the results can look a little strange; however, the process forces the artist to very carefully observe while drawing, and it helps to improve their drawing skills.
First, they spent a day making drawings of each other, and then giving their drawings to their models, like trading cards. Next, they made blind contour drawings of their own hands, then created Op Art to be a background for their hands. Their Op Art is 2-dimensional art that gives the illusion of being 3-dimensional.
- MS Art Elective Update – November 2015
Students in the Middle School Art Elective class recently finished creating recycled paper bowls from discarded magazines. Currently, they are currently making drawings featuring a blind contour drawing of the hand, with an Op Art background.
A blind contour drawing is one in which the artist looks carefully at the object they are drawing, but without ever looking at their paper. Some students find the blind contour drawing to be very frustrating, because the results can look a little strange; however, the process forces the artist to very carefully observe while drawing.
On a day that I was recently out, students used the Chromebooks to do research on Op Art, and to choose a method that they would like to use for their artwork. When I got back the next day, many of them already had a fantastic start.
- MS Art Elective Update – October 2015
This semester in Art Elective, we are going to make projects using a variety of materials. We began the semester by drawing outside in nature. Currently, students are making bowls from recycled magazines. Later, we will do some fiber arts, possibly weaving or knitting or crocheting.
- MS Art Elective – Stippling on the iPad – June 2015
In the winter semester of the Middle School Art Elective class, students had the opportunity to create various kinds of artwork using the iPads. After studying what stippling is (the application of more or fewer dots to show changes in value), students created their own examples of the art style.
- MS Art Elective – Animal Portraits in Pencil – December 2014
Middle School Elective students learned how light, shadow, and texture work together by using artist pencils to create a realistic animal portrait on paper. Students first experimented with the different types of pencils (pencils with “b” leads are soft and show up darker, pencils with “h” leads are hard and show up lighter) by created 3 value scales using different methods of shading. We used smooth blending, cross-hatching, and stippling to get a feel for different ways textures can be created with the pencil. Then, each student chose a different animal to draw for their portrait, and the shading was created using a range of highlights, middle tones, and shadows with pencils ranging from 6B-3H.
- MS Art Elective – Ephemeral Art – October 2013
In the fall, Middle School Art Elective students examined artwork by Environmental artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson. We then went outside and took advantage of the beautiful resources of the High Point property by creating ephemeral artworks that would eventually return to the earth.
- MS Art Elective Update – October 2013 In the Middle School Art Elective, we are focusing on environmental art. We have begun with the ephemeral art of Andy Goldsworthy, and have been going outside to explore and create on Honey Creek grounds.
- September 2013
Hello, Honey Creek families and friends. I am delighted to be on staff this year as the new art teacher. I earned my Post-Baccalaureate teaching certificate in Visual Arts Education from Eastern Michigan University and have spent as much time in the classrooms of Honey Creek as possible since then. I have already had a long relationship with Honey Creek, and as I’ve told all my students, Honey Creek is my favorite school. I’ve already really enjoyed working with all of your kids. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your students, including investigating art history, writing about and discussing students’ own art and the art of others, and making art. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.