Archway Families

Kindergarten through 4th graders drew their families as a way to share who they are and where they come from.

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Mr. Bones

We’ve been working on our basic drawing skills over the past two weeks, primarily focusing on line and space.  Mr.Bones, our friendly classroom skeleton, was happy to sit for his portraits so students could practice their contour drawing and use negative space.

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Pinwheels for Peace

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers from Florida as a way for their students to meditate on Peace and share their ideas about Peace with their communities.

This project serves as a visual reminder of World Peace Day, September 21st. This day of peace was first celebrated in 1981 and is now observed by people around the world. To inaugurate the day, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents…The inscription on its side reads: “Long live absolute world peace.”

This was Archway’s first year of participation and will undoubtedly become a tradition.

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Portrait of Igor Stravinsky

This is  one of my favorite introduction exercises…

In this assignment students reproduce Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, a lesson from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.  To make the shift to Right Brain students turn the image upside down and try to draw it,  from this perspective the figure is simplified into shapes and curves. Students really seem to enjoy the challenge and are always amused when they get to turn their drawings right side up and see their funny looking portraits.

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Blind Contour Drawing

In this drawing exercise students carefully examine their hand and draw what they see withour looking at their paper. This is a very slow process and helps to develop hand-eye communication. The final drawing is often fascinating but what is important is careful observation the subject.

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Audubon Style Watercolors

In this assignment students painting was inspired by the work of the early American artist John James Audubon and contemporary artist Walton Ford. These were painted by the class of 2010.

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Color and Composition

In this introductory lesson our 7th graders studied elements of art by combining color and composition. Students used oil pastels to draw the silhouette of a plant from or schools garden, each drawing goes off three edges of the paper to create an interesting composition. To finish the picture students used an analogous or similar color to paint the background. Using a waxy drawing tool and watercolor over it is a resist technique.

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