I changed things up today and I read the story Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak. It was after lunch so I think the students enjoyed taking a break for a few minutes and listening to a story. Then we reread the book through the eyes of an illustrator and noted all the rich textures. I had my student’s fill out a worksheet with some of the various textures they saw.
Then we created our own monsters. Today the kids created their first monster with no texture. Tomorrow they will be reproducing their monsters 4 times and applying a different texture to each one. I will be out tomorrow for a professional deveopment so I’m leaving a video of the next steps for them to follow with the Guest Teacher.
The above examples were made by my 12 week exploratory class.
I had the wonderful opportunity to present with our CTE team at the Educating for Careers Conference in Sacramento. We discussed how we grew our wonderful CTE middle school program from 1 CTE course to 5. We now offer courses in Robotics, Coding, Health, Engineering, and may favorite Digital Design.
I also had the opportunity to attend some amazing sessions, meet other educators, and even pick up some swag. I should be good in the pen department until the end of the school year.
After looking at professional logo designs that used words to create an image, students chose nouns to turn into literal word art. Students began first with an exploration of thumbnails. They collaborated together to refine, modify and edit their designs. Students took photos of their designs using Photo Booth, imported it into Adobe AI, placed it on it’s own layer with a transparency of 50% They then created a new layer and used the pen tool and pathfinder tool to create their words.
One of the very first things we do in our Graphic Design class after becoming familiar with Photoshop and how to import and download images is create a Dream Bedroom. What’s nice about this project is that the students already have a previous understanding of how to create perspective from their beginning art course.
This lesson focused on: Importing a photo, creating layers, creating a layer mask, using the trasform, warp, and perspective tool.
One point perspective can be a challenge to teach. The vocabulary can be daunting, and interest soon fades. I found grid paper is a great way to help calm axieties of trying to draw a straight line. Also names are naturally engaging.
Sixth graders studied cool and warm color schemes. We then used wet on wet watercolor technique to paint the background in either cool or warm colors then used a wet on dry technique to paint the bird using the opposite color scheme.
Welcome to Mrs. Dowd’s Art Class. I teach 6-8 grade art to a bunch of incredible kids. Here I will be documenting my lessons and work for my students, parents, and other educators. I hope you enjoy our Middle School Journey to the Art Side.