And you better believe the James Weldon Johnson Artists are going out in STYLE!
For our final projects in Ms. Holloway's Art room, we are ending the year the same way we began ...
working with the most basic element of Art ... LINE!
Students had two full working session days practicing with their gesture lines as we took turns modeling for each other. We started out using one model for the entire class with timed sections of three minutes. The Artists were to use one continuous line that moved quickly across their paper capturing the 'gesture' of the entire figure.
Thank you to all of our magnificent models who gave us such dynamic poses to draw from! :)
Next, we had to take a half day to review contour lines (since we haven't used them since probably October and that now feels like five years ago!). Students compared and contrasted the two different types of lines and discussed which one they preferred working with.
This personal preference became the basis for our final project of the year. You'll see. . .
Next, we broke into small groups to perfect our gesture drawing skills and went outside because, well, we live in Florida, and it is beautiful out in May! Each group member took a few turns being the model this time and things got a little trickier for the Artists drawing .........
OH! And an added bonus about being outside in May at JWJ is the adorable BABY DUCKS! How cute!
So, for their final project of the year, students got to decide which type of line they prefer working with more: contour or gesture. If they chose contour, their assignment was to create a portrait using only one line, and if they chose gesture, they were to create a drawing of multiple figures using only one line per figure. Both options were to be completed on large scale newsprint or watercolor paper with the medium of their choice. The results will blow you away, check them out!!!
I took of my glasses, so that MIGHT be it, but Faith chose to draw a portrait of me for her project ... Do y'all see the resemblance? I mean, sheeeeeesh, is this really how my student see me??!?!! YIKES.
DO take note of the absolute coolest t-shirt on earth here though. Dabbing Art teacher unicorn shirt!
Jaquez chose to do his portrait using a BLIND contour line! WOW! I just LOVE this piece so much!!!!
Alright folks, well, if these impressive self- reflective portraits aren't a smashing great way to close out this school year, I don't know what is!
Check your emails soon for the "Thank you Party" at MOSH for all of my amaaaaaaaazing Artists who contributed to any of our public Art projects this past year. You guys deserve a royal THANK YOU for all of your creative hard work! Together, we have made our city just a little more colorful :) :) :)
Everyone have a fantastic summer, and I'll see you back here in Ms. Holloway's Art room at James Weldon Johnson middle school next year!!! YAY, ART!!!