February 9, 2017
Seward Middle School students learned how to mix all 12 colors of the color wheel using just the primary colors: red, yellow, blue! Then they were given the assignment to come up with a composition which included all 12 colors! Here is what they came up with, great job!
Seward High students learned 12 different watercolor techniques, including using salt, rubbing alcohol, tissue paper, etc. Then they hand drew a person or animal and used this drawing to create a water color painting, utilizing at least 5 of these techniques as they chose. They did an amazing job! See if you can figure out what technique they used where!
Bekah Christenson’s Tupac drawing
January 17, 2017
Bas Relief Textured Tile Project!
Cultures all around the world make BAS RELIEF meaning LOW RELIEF! This is 3-D art rising from a flat surface. A penny is an example of bas relief because part of the surface is raised!
We are going to recreate ancient bas relief tiles to learn about texture and practice making it!
There is an accompanying video to this lesson here.
1. Roll slab of clay
2. Lay cardboard template on top and cut around it with pin tool.
3. Smooth your tile with your finger, a toothbrush, water
4. Cut out the ancient tile design you chose with scissors
5. Lay design on top of clay slab
6. Go over every line in the design with a pen
7. Lift paper/ Faint lines should appear in the clay where you traced!
Now is the time to add texture!
1. Incising – cutting the clay
a. Go over all lines with pin tool to make them more pronounced
b. Use small loop tools to cut wider lines or certain shapes out
2. Applique – Adding clay
a. Add clay to emphasize certain features!
b. Whenever you add clay, SCORE (make lots of scratches) the clay you are adding and where you are adding the clay, use water as well! Smooth
3. Stamping – press stamps into the clay
a. Create a pattern in the background with stamps! Mine is all random but you could make it even as well!
Next Class Period – hopefully your clay has firmed up some and is now leather hard!
If you have finished the 3 forms of texture on your piece now is the time to refine!
1. Brush off top with large dry brush (like an archeologist)
2. Smooth rough areas with a wet brush
3. Use a pin tool or loop tool to clean out rough or boogery areas
4. Gently flip it over. Smooth the backside with fingers, water, a toothbrush
5. Carve an inscription on the bottom, at the least you initials, at the most to so and so from so and so 2017…
At this point you can decide if you want your tile to be a trivet or a wall hanging!
Trivet – roll 4 small balls of clay of even size. Score and attach them to the 4 corners to act as little legs. Smooth.
Wall hanging – bore holes in each of the top corners. Twist as you push the bring tool through. Clean up holes.
When you are done and it is the best that it can be
January 16, 2017
We are beginning a watercolor unit. Our first project will cover the basic techniques in watercolor while making a cool piece of art. We are covering 12 techniques and here are examples of each:
You need to begin by coming up with a composition which includes 12 shapes which are all about the same size. Here is my idea!
After you get your design approved, plan out where you will do each technique. You can plan colors and shading too!
Next you need to tape out your design on watercolor paper. You need to make the masking tape tinner but cutting it into 1/2, 1/3 or 1/4 as thick using scissors or exacto knives. You may want to make some lines thicker and some thinner.
Before you begin painting make sure you have:
multiple brushes of different sizes
cup of clean water
Here is my video tutorial on how to do all of the watercolor techniques. Please follow along, and pause or rewind if necessary!
Here are the tehniques in the order I cover them:
Glazing first layer
Wet onto wet
After First Layer is Dry Revisit and Finish:
Liquid Frisket Background
Glazing Second Layer
January 9, 2017
December 21, 2016
To end the year, we did a variety of small projects involving optical illusions using lines and rulers! We started with the 3-D hand or sphere illusion, then did a one point perspective room, and ended with 3-D one point perspective letters! Here are just a few of them!
The assignment was to make a sculpture that could be used as a planter! SHS Art Students really did a great job, check them out!
December 8, 2016
The first semester is wrapping up here at Seward High and we are ready for our holiday break! SHS Art students completed block prints and did a great job! They were allowed to trace a photo of their choice. The artistry was in identifying and simplifying the image into 3 different values (light medium dark) and also showing different textures! Then they had to carve this image into linoleum and print in layers to get the different colors/values. Here are some great ones for you to check out!
linoleum block and tool example
November 18, 2016
Seward High Art Students made a painting of someone they admired and included a related quote, thinking about font and composition. They drew these by hand and mixed their own colors! Great job!
Riley von Borstel
October 21, 2016
Seward Energy Forum & Fair took place last weekend at Avtec! This fair brought light to clean, alternative sources of energy such as geothermal, biomass, solar, wind, and hydro energy. Students from K-12 made art inspired by this subject matter and did a great job! This show was juried by the public and has amazing prizes from local businesses! Here are some of them!
Emma Moore – HS First Place! Millers Landing Caine’s Head Full Day Kayak Paddle and Hiking Adventure for two!
Ruby Lindquist – HS 2nd Place! Alaska River Company Rafting and Fishing on the Kenai River!
Selma Casagranda – MS 1st Place! Kenai River Trips Kenai Scenic Float for 2 People!
Antilleon Atcherian – MS 2nd Place! Kayak Adventures 2 Free Half-Day Tours!