Along with teaching Math in our charter school, I teach an art project for three hours each week. I wanted to teach my 7th and 8th graders how to start creating 3-dimensional illusions on their 2-dimensional paper... in other words, how to make form using light. I showed the students this tutorial on converting shape to form. They followed along, and withing a few minutes they had shaded six shapes into 3-D forms. Then I asked them to invent a creature using a combination of the shapes they had just made. They needed to indicate a light source on their paper, and we discussed shading accordingly. Last step - add a scene around their creature indicating size.
My sample creature is to the left.
Here are a couple of screen captures from the tutorial, and some of the students' shape creatures.
We had a blast, and the results were fascinating. Even those very reluctant to risk making art had success. I forgot to name my creature, any ideas?
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The students had the day off, and all the teachers had a day of professional development around the topic of service learning and high quality work. I learned a lot, and did some sketching while I listened. Interesting day all around...
Sunday, September 06, 2015
|Friends, hare and tortoise, chat about a contest one day while enjoying ice cream sodas.|
During the process, I taught my students a number of design considerations, including how to create the illusion of distance using size, temperature and placement.
My sample book resurfaced the other day as I was organizing. I designed my own take on "The Hare and the Tortoise" as an example of the finished product. Glad to have found the book. Let me know what you think.
|They lay out the course over hill and dale. The hare bounds off to a speedy start!|
|Confident Hare naps on the course while methodical Tortoise eventually passes him. Hare bounds off again.|
|Overconfident Hare stops for a picnic as Tortoise again catches up. Hare meanders ahead, Finish in sight.|
|Hare slowed to taunt Tortoise, who plods past and wins! Photo op with the trophy.|
|The two friends celebrate with ice cream sodas. Hare bemused, Tortoise ebullient. Friends to the end.|