Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Linear Equations

After our Zentangle project, I moved on to Linear Equations. 

This is a fun project for students because they get to trace photographs. Zero artistic ability required, yo. It's pretty rad.

So basically what we do is spend a day in the computer lab finding images they can use. These have to be good quality images (no pixelations here folks!) and real photographs (not cartoon images, logos or words).

Students have to find two images that are somewhat related to create their own original composition. It's fun to see what kinds of things students come up with - what are they interested in, etc. Then, when they have their chosen images in the right sizes printed out, they have to figure out where to place the images in order to create their own composition. Then the tracing begins.

We made our own tracing paper by covering the reverse sides of their printed photographs with graphite and then tracing the images on the other side over their final piece of drawing paper. I don't have any photos of the original photographs my students used, I just have the finished products.

This project is good to teach them composition and appropriation of images. Plus it's easy to start out the year with since they don't feel pressure to draw something exactly how it looks, they just get to trace the image. Fun, fun.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Zentangles - Intro to Line

my example for the project

In my Art 1 class we are starting off the year right, and by that I mean full of sharpies, colored pencils and lots of line work.

So to start off this lesson I just did a basic discussion with my classes - what the heck even is line? They were all very mathematical, I'll have you know, what with their segments versus rays versus points in time and blah blah blah.

What it boils down to are these types of lines (as far as art is concerned):

There were a few more types that varied from class to class, but those were the big ones I hit on. They needed to use all different kinds of lines in their designs.

We started with a large sheet of drawing paper, a thick sharpie and a fine tipped sharpie. The students traced two circles (from coffee cans, etc. so they were fairly large). I had them trace two in order to have one in only black and white and the other in color.

And then I showed them this video and sent them to work.

Here are some examples of what was produced: