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.