7th graders worked with lines and patterns to create zentangled trees. Their focus was on using good black and white balance, as well as creative problem solving to creatively and seamlessly fill their tree outline with patterns. For the final stage, students chose either warm or cool colors to use as a light wash in their backgrounds.
Continuing to focus on lines and learning about how lines can also be used to indicate form and surface qualities of an object, students drew contours of their hands. We discussed how hands can be used to communicate. People can use sign language, come up with hand shakes, do “pinky promises”, etc. What do open hands communicate as opposed to a closed fist? After students drew their hand contours, they were challenged to add cross contours to communicate the forms and surface qualities.
Students learned about Islamic art, specifically focusing on the use of shape in Islamic Tiles. They developed a pattern using geometric or organic shapes and carved that design out of linoleum squares using gouges. They used printmaking ink to stamp their block 16 times in a way that showed radial symmetry.