Our classes worked on applying shading to forms to make them appear three dimensional. As we practiced our shading we utilized pencil and charcoal. The still life drawings were started with students drawing the contour of the images in front of them and then adding value to at least one piece. Some students worked so steadily and quickly they completed value on most of their image.
This focused on shape--organic, geometric, positive, and negative. Students were inspired by Matisse's paper cut art work. They were encouraged to create pattern and establish balance in their work through repetition of color and shapes.
In this lesson, students listened to a variety of types of music--ranging from classical guitar to heavy metal to orchestra. They created compositions based on what they heard. For example, a low steady note might be represented as a thick bold line. A fast-paced song might be shown by using a line that has a lot of movement. They also used markers and water to add colors to what they heard! Here are a few snapshots of their finished work.