Monthly Archives: August 2012

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Mrs. Johnson’s Art I classes continue to excel in Art and create beautiful work!

 

Our discussion of LINE and VALUE as elements of Art will continue as we begin the self-portrait project.  All students will have a digital self-portrait to work from as a visual reference and will begin to GRID the photograph in preparation to draw themselves in a larger format.  We will look at examples of self-portraits by famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Romare Bearden, Frida Kahlo, and more.  The self-portrait drawings will eventually develop from a line drawing with the addition of shading and values to add dimension and depth to create a realistic portrait.

GHS ART I

GHS ART I

Mrs. Johnson’s Art I classes had a great first week!

Please return your signed syllabus by Monday, August 27.

Next week, we will finish the sketchbook cover collages!  SO, if you have photographs or magazines that you would like to bring in to incorporate into this project, please bring them in on Monday.

On Monday and Wednesday of next week, we will be using the computers to take, edit, and print a self-portrait photograph.  We will talk about the use of LIGHT and how to compose a photograph.  The photograph will be used as a visual reference when we start our first big drawing project…SELF PORTRAITS!  Before the self portrait drawing can begin, we will be discussing LINE and VALUE as art elements and working on several smaller sketchbook assignment drawings that will lead up to the final project.

Art I, See you on Tuesday!

Art I, See you on Tuesday!

Art I-B1, B3, and B4, Day 2

 

Welcome to Art I!  During this first week of school we will be taking care of the syllabus and other classroom business items as well as getting to know each other.  I am so excited to start my first year at GHS and look forward to having my students create many successful pieces of art!  We will start a graded art project on the first day of class.  The students will be creating original name design tags to place on the front of their art room cubby.  This project will give me a chance to get to know the students through their use of creative expression and how they handle the art materials.

 

Parents-Please read, sign, and return the class syllabus.  The return of this syllabus is a “sketchbook” grade.   Please note the supply list for all Art I students on the syllabus and on my previous blog post.  I would like to see all students bringing in their sketchbooks and supplies within the first two weeks of art class.

 

Once the name designs are complete, they will stay up in the art room for the remainder of the year to serve as an identification of the student cubbies.  Up next, we will be altering and collaging the front cover of the sketchbooks.  Then we will begin preparing for our first big project of the year…SELF PORTRAITS!

 

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I met many parents and students at school this week, thank you for welcoming me to Goochland High School and I look forward to working with you.

Ready, Set, Art!

Ready, Set, Art!

I have been hard at work preparing for my Art I students!  I look forward to getting started and just wanted to post the suggested supply list for those of you who may be doing some back to school shopping…

Supply List for Art 1-

  • Sketchbook – I suggest a spiral bound book no larger than 9×12 inches.  Make sure that you get a drawing type of sketchbook and not a watercolor sketchbook (just to make sure you have enough pages).  You may also get a composition book instead of a sketchbook!  Composition books are great and I will provide drawing paper to insert for drawing assignments.  We will be altering the covers of the sketchbooks/composition books during the first few lessons.
  • Pencils- Please come to art class ready to draw each day with real wooden pencils (NOT mechanical), I suggest having a few on hand.
  • Hand held pencil sharpener- Just a small, metal sharpener is fine.
  • Pink Erasers

Let me know if you have any questions!  I know that I will have a bunch of talented young artists in my classes this year and can’t wait to get started.