Month: November 2015

Stylized Portraits

Seventh graders reviewed facial proportions but this time, they stylized their self-portraits to communicate more about themselves than just what they look like. It was the first time that I required them to use a mirror and I insisted it be a self-portrait. They really enjoyed being able to pick each other out in their work and talk about personalities.

Blending with oil pastels was also something they have struggled with in the past. Color demo day began with a brief primer on HOW to color with oil pastels. I’m really pleased with the variety of skin tones and value they were able to achieve.


Op Art with 6th Grade

Students used repetition and color to create optical illusions. They learned about the optical art of Victor Vasarely and Brigitte Riley then chose what kind of visual effect they wanted to recreate. Their options were a vanishing point illusion, a grid based design, or freestyle design. They all had great focal points and borders. Below are a few early finishers.