Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Art 1- clay whistles - 8th period

              I recently finished a whistle of the Cheshire Cat off of Alice in Wonderland. It was glazed and i planed to put a ribbon around the hat like in the movie. It took me about a week and a half to create it. I got the idea because Alice in Wonderland is my favorite movie and the Cheshire Cat is equally creepy as he is cute. :) My whistle is pretty heavy but it works great. I am very proud of my project.  It creeps me out every time i look at it because it just has that look to it but it also makes me laugh because i had such a fun time working on it.
             -The Cheshire Cat by Marley
                       I decided to make a frog because it was the closes thing to a circle and it was easy.  It took me a week to make it but it took a little longer to make it whistle.  I like to work with clay but i didn't like it when it didn't whistle all the time but for the most part this was a pretty good project.  The hardest part about the project was trying to make all the legs the same size and shape.  After all the parts were made, assembled, and fired we glazed them.
                      clay whistle frog- by Jordan n

About a month ago we did a project with clay that was a little trying on my patients. We had to make a clay whistle and it had to whistle. I did my mine as a dinosaur. I enjoyed the project mostly except trying to keep it whistling and I had a leg on it that kept coming off. Other wise it was a very fun project. I plan on entering it in the Denver art show.
                 Clay Whistle Dinosaur By: Brittany Austin

Friday, December 10, 2010

Art 1 - 4th period - Pointalism Painting

i just think about something then sketch it on a rough draft then I make a final draft. We used tempera paint with sponges. We had to try to mix colors together. We werent suppose to have plain colors. I think it was pretty good for the first time.

Andy M
I have never done a painting like this it is kind of fun, but it is also changing because you have to mix colors to the right shadow and hue. you couldn't have the same color right next to the other, and you couldn't have plain colors we had to mix them with the other colors.

Samie L.
The painting I chose is a pointalism painting. We had to use a sponge to paint on dots on the paper. We had to use no solid colors and I thought it was very fun and interesting to do. At times it was challenging to decide what colors to blend together at certain places.  It was hard for me to not have solid colors in places, but in others it was extremely easy.

Art 1 - 8th period - Printmaking Collage

This is my printmaking collage named Beautiful. In this painting i used stamps and colored pencils. we did these in class when Mrs. J was here. The first thing we learned was how to print. It looked easy at first but it was hard. You would first find some prints that repersent who you are. So I choose that stamps the sun, a turtle, and a fish. We practice on our stamps for a while and when we thought we were good at them we got our final copy. After we printed on the final copy it was time to color. This whole art work is about me. Most everything I like is in this painting. I love the sports softball and volleyball, and if you can see the lilly pads are the balls. I also love under the sea. I loved doing this collage and would like to do more.
Brianna S.

 This is my print of the night day and water and ground and a soldier. In my picture i put night day water and ground and i put a moon a sun a frog and fish to resemble it. I love watching war stuff and hunting. I love guns pretty much. For my technique i just stamped then blended colors together to draw the different scenes. It did not take too long but the hardest thing was getting a good clean stamp to stick. Blaine B

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Art 1-Story People Sculpture

By: Taryn
       As one of our projects we created story people, these are sculptures that come with a quotes that we must create on our own. To start the project off we had to create our quote.Then,we had to collect pieces of wood, the pieces together had to create a character. We used wood glue and rubber bands to secure the wood together. After the sculpture was built, we painted them and gave them their special details.
        My story person is a girl, the quote i made is on her skirt, it reads, " People who want to sing, always find a song..". Then to portray her singing, i gave her a microphone. The project itself is supposed to sort of abstract, so I decided not to put a face on my character. Then twisted and bent spare wire for her hair.
      This story people project wasn't hard, but,  it was one of my favorite of the year. What I liked the most about it was, how everyone's turned out so different and unique. In fact I liked this project so much I have it hanging up in my room. Thanks for reading!


Art 1 - 4th period - Whistles

Why I choose a baby dragon, well I wanted to do an adult dragon with its mouth wide open and the wings billowing out.  But I could not draw or find a dragon that looked like that. So I started to play around with different things.  Then I happened to draw a baby dragon hatching from an egg, and I went with it.
Baby Dragon
How I made it was: first we had to make the whistle, which was really hard.  I had to start over sixteen times before I could get it to work. Then next came the shell, which I put around the underside of the whistle. Then the head, wings, eyes, and the head shell (peace of shell on its head). After that we fired it in the kiln, glazed it, then fired it again.
Materials we used were clay, kiln, glaze, popcicle stick, rolling pin, and our hands. 

For my whistle, I did a cow. I do not know why I chose a cow exactly. Maybe the reason is because cows are interesting animals, plus they are funny looking.
I started with a huge lump of clay. We were instructed to make a ball with that clay. Once I finished that, we had to cut that ball in half. After that was done, I hollowed out the center and then molded the ball back together.  So after all that, I ended up with a hollowed out ball for my wind chamber.  Next, I had to make a small, rectangular piece for the whistle part. That took a little while because I messed up a few times. Next came the air hole. That was the hardest part. You had to take a popsicle stick and poke a hole in the top and then another one through the whistle part. The reason why that part was so hard was because you had to poke it in a certain way. This took many people a long time in order to get a sound to come out of it. When I finally completed those parts, I started molding the cow. It did not take me long at all to complete that. When I was almost done, I decided to make a body with it.
I finished my cow, now all we had to do was put it in the kiln. When that was done, my cow had different colors on it. So I repainted it. Now my cow was perfect.
~ Mickayla

I created this project because I thought that it would be cool to do a chipmunk. I created the chipmunk with clay. First I had to make a ball that was big enough for the body and then I split that in half and then i cleaned out the center of both sides of the clay. Then I slipped and scored the outer edges of the clay and stuck them together. Next I made the whistle part and put that on it. I put the popcicle stick through the whistle part and made it go into the hole in the center of it. Then i made the hole for the air to come out when u blow in it. Next I made both of the arms and stuck them on. After that I put on the legs and it took a while to get the right angle of the legs. Once the clay part of it was done I glazed it by putting a brown coat on 2 times. Next part it went into the kiln. I used clay, water, knife, popcicle sticks, toothbrush.
-Brody                                                              Chipmunk

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ART One Artist Palette :) 4th Hour

For my blog entry I decided to choose to my art palette for what art project I will talk about. When I first started this project I thought it was dumb and worthless. Once I started to think about it I wanted to make my palette about Imagination and when I thought about it my mind exploded with ideas. I wanted to get everything onto my paper so fast, but I didn’t know where to start. I just put random things because that is what my mind and imagination comes up with. I am not ordinary I am original, different I don’t think like other people and that is how my art work is like no one else's. Random would be the word I would use for my art work and my life. See every second you make decisions. I am making decisions about what to type right now, but when I am doing art I don’t think I just do it. Anything in my mind ends up on the paper. If I am thinking about bananas that is what will be on the paper I can’t help it. On my palette I have water colors, crayon, thread, fabric, puzzle pieces, and sharpie. I tried to use all of the mediums I could just to show imagination, imagination is not just crayons or just painting it is everything together. Right now we are working on a "dot" project I am now searching for a picture to use for it. I think I might just find a picture that is like me, random. I use to try and be like everyone else I didn’t like it, so now I am myself and that is the life experience that shows in my work. That's just me and how I roll.   
                                         ~Courtney Rose :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Denver Public Library Art Show Student Winners!

HS Art students have artwork on display at the Denver Public Library Art Show from Nov. 13-19th.  Everyone is encouraged to attend this public event.  A reception for the artists, judges and public will be held in the Denver Community Room Nov. 18, 2010, from 5-8 p.m.  Beverages and cookies will be served.
Congratulations to the Denver Library Art Show winners in the Student catagories:  
Painting- Honorable Mention: “Winter Days”  Riley Jo Pollock

Drawing 2nd – “Soccer Goal” Abigail Terrill, Honorable Mention: “Dress”  Lexi Roeding,  “Flower”  Courtney Rose Ott, “Bad Spellers Untie” Breanne Oesterle

Mixed Media - 2nd – “Illinois Sports Team”  Brittany Austin, 3rd – “Tactical Nuke”  John Stafford, Honorable Mention: “Tree” Renae Savage, “Tree and Leaves” Bailey Victoria, “October Night” Megan Frost, “A Long Drive” Taryn Fischels

Art 1 - 8th period - Grid Drawings

By Abigail T.
     This is a piece I shadd using regular pencils, dark pieces of lead, then paper towels and blending stumps to blend. This specific project I chose out of the pictures my cousin had taken in black and white. I had seen this soccer goal and ball when I saw him once and it stuck in my mind. I usually choose my inspiration pieces, or in this case my original version, according to my interest in the subject and how it relates to me personally.
     The first reason for my choice this time was that it was my cousin's photo. I also knew that I loved how the background was unimportant; how the goal and soccer ball are both very clear, and standout. The other aspect of the picture I liked, that related to me personally, was the ice on the ground and the icicles on the net. This is because I know my cousin took this picture during the 2008 ice storm, which was a week-long roller coaster experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed sketching and shading this project, even if it was tedious work.

By Cody M.
 The picture I did was of a mallard duck in the water that i found on the internet so I decided to redo it for my piece of art. It was all about shading so we used a shading pencil, blending stumps, and I used a eraser to highlight some of the picture. Over all I think I did a nice job on it and I had a lot of people telling me I did good on it too. It was hard to do at times but I liked the contrast on the final piece.

By Hannah T.

I shaded this rose using a normal pencil, graphite, a blending stump, and a piece of paper towel and eraser to blend it all together. I started out by putting a grid on the original picture and than drew one on the piece of paper I would be drawing on. This helped me enlarge my rose more accurately and get everything in its right spot. I than sketched it all out and started blending and shading. When I was done I went back with an eraser to make the highlights.
   I chose a rose because I like flowers and it was a good challenge because of all the different dark and light areas. This has been my favorite piece of art so far this year!

This is a picture of a dodge viper I shaded using a pencil, eraser, blending stump, and paper towels. I used a grid to help draw out the outline of the car. After was done with the outline of the car I shaded it in. I chose the car because it is something I like and it would still be a challenge. I've gotten a lot of complements on it. I also thought I did a nice job on it.  Kyle

The project I am telling about is my grid drawing project. I was assigned to choose a photograph from either the Internet or my house. I chose to look through old pictures at my house because I knew my sister's birthday was coming up and it would be thoughtful of me to make a piece of art for her. I found a photograph of us when we were little when she was 9 years old while I was 5 years old. This picture was when we got our hair dressed up at a beauty salon for her birthday party.
 I used pencils and graphite blocks to draw out the image and used blending stumps and toilet paper to blend it all the way I wanted. I spent about two or three weeks working on this piece at school and in my own spare time. I thought it turned out great. It was a total surprise to her and she loved it. My sister is in college right now and my portrait of us is hanging on her dorm-room wall.
Made by Megan F.

by Lexi R.

     This is my grid drawing project. We had the option of whatever photo we wanted. I was on Google when I found this one. I chose this picture because I thought it was simple and really beautiful. I usually choose my pictures or subjects randomly, as long as they have some sort of personal connection to me. 
     I completed this project by first covering the original picture with a transparent grid and getting all of my measurements out. After that, I sketched the outlines of her dress, arms, and the bow. I used straight pencils and graphite blocks for the shading and outlines, and I used a blending stump and paper tissue for the blending of the edges and shadows. I absolutely love the outcome.
     My parents were shocked and so proud of me when I brought this home! They're thinking of getting it framed? :)

For this drawing i took a picture and put a grid on it. the goal was to blow it up on to a larger page of paper while still having the right sizes. I choose this picture because I liked the range of dark and light. I also like what the picture stand for, how the people all come together in a harmony that they put in a picture. You must be careful to keep your lights and dark spaces clear. If you can put in as much detail as you can your picture will look way better then a simple pice.
I had a lot of fun on this picture. I used pencil and graphite to create this. Blending stumps and toilet paper paper help to soften the marks and make different shades of gray. There are different types of pencils they have some different hardness to the graphite block. The softer ones give you a darker streak then the harder ones that will be lighter. The graphite is very soft and will gibe you the darkest shade. It is good for shadows and dark areas.
By: Breanne O.

Art 1 palettes

   For my palette I decided on a quote that I think is really inspirational, "Don't tell me sky is the limit when there's footprints on the moon". I chose to splatter paint my background, because stars are everywhere not in order and I thought splattering would give it that effect. I used a toothbrush and flicked the bristles that had white and gold paint on it causing a star like look. I also made a rocket that gave the effect of coming from the moon. I made my rocket using paint pens. My planet was made from transparent paper.
    I chose the quote because it has a good moral to always try harder then what you are already doing. My finished product look exactly like i wanted it to look. I enjoyed doing this project it was one of my favorites. It was a lot of fun to think of ideas to make a great piece of art.  ~Bailey V.

This was our first project of the year. I enjoyed making this palette because we got to put whatever on the palette that we wanted to. It didn't have to be something exact and we could be very different. I really enjoyed combining things into each other. my favorite thing to use on this project was the metallic silver sharpie. I think it made certain areas really pop out and look different. I loved making the volcano that turned into a fish tank. This was by far one of my favorite projects this year! and I'd love doing more projects like this! :)  -Alex K.

 This palette was the first project we did in this class. I used paint, pastels, markers, crayons and magazine cutouts. I liked this project because it probably gave us the most freedom regarding materials and what not. There were hardly any limitations other than the fact that it had to be shaped like a palette. I chose the things i did because they represent me and my interests. It was kind of just random assortment of all-about-me objects. ---Jake Morrow

Art 1 - 4th period - Grid Drawings

I recently finished a piece of Art. It is a grid drawing of a lion. For this Art piece I had to find a picture online, I choose a picture of a Lion that was printed in black and white since that is what it would look like when it is finished. After that I took the picture and found a graph paper that fit to the small picture that I had. Then I took that scale
of the small picture and made it a larger scale so I cold transfer it onto a large sheet of paper. After that I had to draw a big grid on the large sheet of paper, so it made it easier to draw and get the correct detail.
After all the griding was over I had to start sketching out the head of the lion, once that was done I had to start shading. First I started with the head of the lion and worked out to the mane. I think that the shading of the mane was the hardest part because it had so much contrast. I had to erase, shade, and use blending tools to get the best shading for the mane.
My lion took a long time and hard work to do, but I really like it and to me it presents boldness, courage and bravery. Which sometimes I don't have, so by drawing the lion it pulled out my courage, bravery, and boldness.:)
BY: Renae S.

 I did this grid drawing, it is a picture of my favorite breed of dog, rottweiler. I've had an interest in rottweilers since I went to my aunts house and played with her two-hundred pound rottweiler. I started with a simple black and white rottweiler picture, then I put the picture onto a grid, when that was done I converted the grid onto a piece of paper, finally i copied the picture. I used several different shades of pencil, most was very dark, but I also used light pencil and even rubbed some led on my finger and then onto the drawing. When it was finished I put a border on it to complete the picture, it makes it look more professional and a lot nicer.
BY: Jensen J.

      I finished a grid drawing recently. My picture is a corner back on the NFL football team the Green Bay Packers. A corner back is someone who guards the wide receiver so he can't catch the ball. During the time I was thinking about the Packers and he is my favorite player so I looked him up under google images and found a good picture of him in his defensive stance.
      We made this by making a grid on a sheet of paper and increasing its size to make a bigger photo and I used an eraser, a blending stump, and a pencil to make this. It is black and white, and I used my blending skills to blend things together and make a good background, shadows, and picture. Also, to blend it a lot of the photo I just colored it in with a pencil and used a tissue and blended it so it would spread around. To get the line figure out of the picture I would use the blending stump over all of that and spread it again with a tissue, sometimes I used an eraser that was covered in led to spread it around too. I decided to make this photo because I love the Green Bay Packers, I watch them every time they play and cheer them on!
Al Harris
BY: Chad J

Brittany W.
For our first project we had to do a grid drawing. The first thing we did was find a picture online. After we found the picture we drew the picture on a poster and the colored it in with pencil. The picture I picked was the Eiffle Tower and i picked this one because it is a birthday present for my mom. I thought this was a very good project because we could do something we wanted to do. I also liked that mine was a little difitcle. I thought it was cool to see how pictures could look so cool by colering with pencils.
   My Eiffle Tower took a really long time to make. After i got done with it i thought it looked really cool. I picked the Eiffle Tower because my mom loves france and it is a wonderful building to see. My picture shows the difitculty and creatifty.

bulldog by nathan
We recently were assigned to do a grid drawing, at first I didn't know what to draw. I thought of things I like, which I love dogs so I went to the computer and looked at different types of dogs.  I found the one dog that I hope to own some day, which is a bulldog. I printed it off and put a clear plastic grid over top of it and taped it on. When I was done drawing this was my finished piece. Nathan B.

We were assigned to do a grid drawing. When I first heard this I had no idea of what I was going to do. Then it just popped in my head that i should do the medal of honor. I choose the Air Force Valor medal because I plan on going into the military hopefully the Air Force.
Medal of Honor by Zach Oberheu

Panda by Brittany A.
I was assigned to do a grid drawling, I have always loved pandas becuase they can be gentle and they are fluffy, so I looked for panda pictures in books and on the internet and finally found the right picture. It took alot of thinking and shading and took some math to make it the right size.in the outside rim i messed up a few times but it was fixable. And that is my my grid drawling. By Brittany A.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Farewell Ms. Janaszak

 Adding to the atmosphere and resources of the art room this fall has been Courtney Janaszak, come to be known as Ms. J (the second).  A student at UNI, she student taught with Miss Johnson (also Miss J) from the beginning of the school year until October 14th.  She will be missed!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

7th grade Chinese Calligraphy

Students in 7th Exploratory Art started out this unit writing the calligraphy symbol for the year of their birth according to the Chinese callender.  Continuing to practice the form of each stroke students choose a word, name or saying to write and mount.  Their final piece was to write a descriptive word or name on a rock.  They sealed the lettering in with a spray on each rock so it will last longer.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Art 1 Blog Posting

Art 1 students will be required to post a photograph of at least one piece of art you've made this semester with an artist statement.

You will be graded on the following:  your photograph (angle of view, clarity, cropping), grammar, spelling, the artist statement and signing it with your first name and last initial.  There should be some substance to the content of your artist statement.

How to write an artist statement…Your artist's statement is a testament to your creativity and self pride in your work. Understand that communication about your work is a powerful tool for creative growth as well as for the viewer to understand where you were inspired to create what you did.
First begin with a simple statement of why you do the work you do, (not that your had to, or you only did it because it was assigned). Support that statement, telling the reader more about your goals that connect to your art work.  Next, tell the reader how you make decisions in the course of your work. How and why do you select materials, techniques, themes? Keep it simple and tell the truth.  Tell the reader a little more about your current work.  What inspired you?  Possibly how it grew out of prior work or life experiences. What are you exploring, attempting, or challenging yourself by doing this work?  Do you use some of the same themes?  Why?

Your 2nd 9 weeks Blog Posting/Artist Statement needs to be completed by Dec. 17, 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Glazing Mania!

We spent the morning glazing in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade exploratory classes.  There was a lot of excitement in the air with everyone anxious and imagining what their glazing efforts will turn out like after they're fired in the kiln!

Monday, October 4, 2010

6th Grade Secret City Drawings

At the beginning of the year, students learned art vocabulary words of:  Foreshortening, Shadow, Density, Overlapping, Size, Contour Lines, and Surface in this unit.  Then they put their knowledge of how to incorporate those words into their drawings, creating a fantasy land.  Here are a few examples of their efforts.