Reggie Laurent Inspired Art

Together we explored the work of contemporary artist Reggie Laurent. After looking at his art and using our Avid strategies to take focused notes about the artist as well as the inquiry process to analyze his use of shape and color students created their own painting inspired by the artist. This was a great lesson in pattern and unity as well as learning how to use acrylics and taking care of supplies. Of course we ended the lesson with a gallery walk and a peer review then individual written reflection.

In my Room Project

Students in my CTE/ Design class showed off their skills in Adobe Photoshop. They had to create their own dream rooms. Students had to manipulate images to create a room in 1 point perspective. Then they had to impose themselves in the photo and use a vector mask to blend themselves in. I wish I could showcase them all, however I selected the ones where the faces are obscured for security.

Warm/Cool Fish

Last year the sixth graders explored color theory with the cool/warm parrots. This year we tried something new. Students created cool paper with various watercolor techniques. I believe the sedan wrap on wet paper was their favorite. They also created paper with warm colors. When the papers dried, they tore up the cool paper to make a sea. They used the warm paper to create sea life. The end result a mixed media collage with high visual contrast.

O’Keefe Inspired Watercolors

EQ: Where do artists gather inspiration

I’m not going to lie. Watercolors are deceptively difficult.

Over the years I’ve learned I really need to teach watercolors as a whole unit.

We begin with the very basics. How to get the colors ready, how to use the palette, how to use the brush, not holding the palette sideways when putting away!

Then we move into mixing colors with a color wheel.  My students make a color wheel for each new medium. Then we explored various techniques through a guided step by step painting where we all painted the same thing.

Then the students were ready and able to pick their own subjects.