The prefix of mono means one and chroma is color. Students were allowed to choose one color and then change that color through the addition of either black or white. A color mixed with white is categorized as a tint while a color mixed with black is known as a shade. Tints and shades were developed by our seventh grade artists as they completed a second self portrait.
Inspired by the way artist Chuck Close uses a grid to break his large portrait paintings into smaller "bite sized" pieces, 7th graders tried their hand at gridded self portraits. After studying value and discussing proportion, students first made a grid on their final paper, and translated the information from each square on their photograph into the corresponding square on their final paper. Lastly, they were challenged to add value and imitate the texture from their photograph. They did an awesome job! (There will be more to come as they are completed!)
Students got to dabble in working with low relief while creating textures and patterns on a piece of copper sheet metal. After "antiquing" their copper tooling with India ink to enhance the relief, students used oil pastels to extend their pattern onto a border. They seemed to really enjoy this project, and these pieces are looking lovely hanging in the halls--I just love the way the light catches the metal!