Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Second Grade Portraits 2014

Second graders created amazing self-portraits using black paper, bottled glue, and chalk pastels. We studied the proportions of the face with the guide below and the students drew with pencils first. The document camera was a great resource as we went through the process together, step by step.

I must add a sentimental note: As with many of the projects I teach now, this project was one that I actually did as an elementary school student. Thanks Mrs. Wright!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Seventh graders learned about African-American artist Romare Bearden, who used magazines and paint to create multi-media collages which often expressed his views on social justice issues. After serving in World War II, he focused his work on expressing the humanity that he found lacking during his wartime experiences.  In his early work, he also focused on the theme of collaboration and cooperation within the African-American community. Another of his subjects was the rich artistic life in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance. He was a member of the the artistic group The Spiral, a group that promoted the responsibility of artists in the struggle for civil rights.

The students chose a social justice issue of personal significance and used magazines to create their social justice collages.