Architecture from around the world, and throughout the ages is as diverse as it is beautiful. For this lesson students used simple shapes to design and "build" unique architectural forms. It is amazing how something that looks so complicated can be broken down into simple shapes.
The final design was replicated into a page of old encyclopedias to give the buildings visual texture. Some designs were adapted to better fit the space of the page to integrate the lines of the text and paragraphs. A color scheme was selected and watercolor color paint added the final pop of color to push the building off the page.
**photos of the designs to follow**
[Pop Art Candy Close-ups!]
Students created Pop Art with a twist for this painting assignment. Using their favorite candy logos, (and a few sodas) student zoomed in to create interesting close up compositions. Rather than Warhol style Pop Art that features the entire object, we strived to make ours a mystery, featuring key elements of the logo, but in a way that forced the viewer to stop, thin, and try to recognize the popular candy.
[Reflective Self-Portrait Containers "Revised"]
I am constantly adjusting and changing my lessons to better suit my students needs. I adapted this clay lesson throughout out the year to allow the students to be more reflective and symbolic in their clay creations. Each clay containers features at least one symbol or object that represents an important trait, feature, or aspect of that artist. It no longer needed a face, and could be transformed into any type of container the student could use. I am pleased with the adaptations. I hope you are too :)
Students created colorful patterned backgrounds that feature a color scheme, then layered a stylized contour line drawing Self Portrait on top. The final projects are bright, cheery, and really unique as the colorful background shows through their self-portraits!
[Enlarged POP Self-Portraits]
Using the grid enlargement method, students first drew their portraits from a photograph, focusing on their unique features and facial proportions. They then used Pop Art as their inpiration for a color scheme which they selected to add bright and vibrant colors to their portraits!
[Representational Clay Portraits]
After defining important aspects of themselves, whether it be personality, physical features, what they are interested in, or who they are, students created symbolic images to represent those important aspects of themselves. The 8th graders then applied those representational symbols onto a clay portrait. Each portrait may not look like the student physically, but instead has a deeper meaning as it represents something about who they are.