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Still Life

Elements of Art: Line, Value, Form

Principles of Design: Contrast

Skill: Drawing

The artists started the Drawing unit by studying contour lines, continuous lines, and blind contour lines, choosing and photographing their subjects. They then learned various shading techniques (hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, stumbling, and blending), and each artist selected one to create their artwork, focusing on creating form through value. With the right drawing pencils, they brought their drawings to life, achieving a remarkable resemblance.

Papier-Mâché Sculptures

Elements of Art: Line, Value, Form

Skill: Sculpture

The 6th-grade artists were introduced to the artist collective, Chiaozza, Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao. They learned about building, papier-mâché, painting, and how to write artist statements. Each student pulled inspiration from either the artist or nature: some felt it important to create a piece that was a social commentary on the mistreatment of nature through deforestation, while others created a piece to bring a smile to people’s faces.

Yarn Painting

The 6th-grade artists explored Folk Art, particularly the Nierikas yarn paintings created by the Huichol people, who are indigenous to Mexico and descendants of the Aztec. Traditionally, the Huichol communicated their history through stories and symbols since they did not have a spoken language until recently. Inspired by this, the artists illustrated meaningful stories, depicting their favorite memories or worst nightmares, using yarn, glue, and tweezers to create their artwork successfully.

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