April 17, 2017
The eye is the window to the middle schoolers soul… 🙂 We studied and practiced drawing the human eye. The assignment was to draw an eye using oil pastel and chalk on black paper and to make something unique about it. Here they are, awesome job SMS Art students!
April 10, 2017
The KPBSD Art Show happened last week with the top art from all around the district competing in a juried show! Seward High Art students took some awards, congratulations to Emma Moore for 2nd Place in Mixed Media, Case Estes for 2nd Place in Printmaking, and Josh Parks for 2nd Place in Watercolor! Meghan Mullaly took home an honorable mention in functional ceramics! Good job everyone!
Emma Moore Grade 11
Case Estes Grade 12
Josh Park Grade 9
Meghan Mullaly Grade 10
April 6, 2017
The Art of Mapmaking is called Cartography. Cartography (in Greek chartis = map and graphein = write) is the study and practice of making representations of the Earth on a flat surface. Cartography combines science, art, and technical ability to create a balanced and readable representation that is capable of communicating information effectively and quickly.
We are going to create maps of an area in Kenai Fjords National Park which include some of the local flora and fauna.
Here are some cool maps to check out and inspire you! What are these maps communicating other than the geography?
Pacific Coastal Whales
The Imperialism of Britain
Places, Animals and Goods of Ireland
Species of New Zealand
Compass Rose with Shipping Charts
Greenland Sites and Species
Animals of the world
Empirialism in Africa – Different Shields of different ??
More Sea Monsters!
Different Ethnicities and species on multiple Continents
Tourist Destinations in Europe
Wildlife in India
Birds and Iceland
Not sure but this seems to be about Imperialism too! Africa? Land of Plenty!
Alright lets take it back to home!
Here is an interactive map of the boundaries of the Kenai Fjords National Park!
It starts near Seward, wrapping around Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefields and extends all the way south west to Nuka Bay.
Here is an interactive shaded topography map of our area
Here is another topo map, with lines to repesent elevation gain.
Use these maps or another one you find to choose the area of the Kenai Fjords National Park you wish to illustrate. Zoom in and out to find an interesting section. Make sure it is actually in the park! Use the snipping tool to take a screen shot of the area and paste it into Word so you can print it out!
Assignment: Make a map of a portion of Kenai Fjords National park which communicates about the Flora and Fauna in our area (plants and animals)! You can do many small animals or a few bigger ones, up to you!
Accurate Land/Ocean depiction
Fauna/Flora at least 3
Labeled names of ocean features (bays)/land features such as mountains and mines
Optional features choose at least three:
Topography (mountains) either with topo lines or shading
You will be drawing your map by hand. The original cartographers weren’t able to use satallite images when they were making maps, they had to travel the land and figure out how to represent it on a flat surface! Make your drawing as accurate as you possibly can!
Once you have the map drawn out, add your features! No tracing for this either, but you may look at pictures of the flora/fauna you are adding!
Once it it perfected, trace your design onto watercolor paper.
Paint it neatly and have fun with the colors!
After the paint is dry we have new skinny sharpie pens in ever color to add details and lines!
Do your best and make your map awesome!
March 9, 2017
SHS just finished oil pastel/chalk pieces focusing on reflections in water. They did great and here are a few!
Nikki Farquarson’s work
SHS students studied the art of Nikki Farqharson, who combines collage work with intricate patterns. Here is some of their work emulating her style!
Kyrsetn Johnson Grey
March 7, 2017
There is an accompanying planning sheet with this assignment. Fill it out as you read through the assignment for a grade.
- There is currently a call for art for Alaskan “Aristic License Plate” designs. Begin by reading this Alaska Dispatch Article about the contest. Next read the call for art.
Here is their example
2. Lets think about the subject matter of the art on your license plate design. This is an Alaskan License plate so it should celebrate our state! They suggest the topics of culture, wildlife, and geography. What comes to mind when you think about our Alaskan identity and way of life?
Here are my ideas to get the wheels turning in your brain, feel free to come up with your own!
Culture: indigenous cultures, subsistence culture (gathering berries, hunting, fishing), xtratufs, parkas, small planes, boats, winter sports, dog mushing, kayaking, gold mining, oil production…
Wildlife: salmon, moose, bear, mountain goats, dahl sheep, whales, sea lion, seal, eagle, mosquitos etc! Plants too: Fireweed, blueberries, salmonberries, devils club, lupine, forget-me-nots…
Geography: mountains, ocean, tundra, arctic, glaciers, volcanoes, rivers, lakes…Specific Mountains: Denali, Mt. Susitna, etc…
Note: You may not trace the art for this piece! It would be a copyright infringement! You may print a photo to look at as you draw!
3. Police use License Plates to identify specific vehicles so they need to be able to read them as easily as possible! You are required to use contrasting colors on your plate. Which numbers in the example below can you read the most easily?
Complementary Colors are across from each other on the color wheel and it is said they contrast. What do you think?
4. Another Rule they have is that the top 1 1/4 inch of the plate must say Alaska and the bottom 1 inch can say a slogan of your choice, for example THE LAST FRONTIER.
Now that you have all the information, fill out the planning sheet!
Here is some inspiration from license plates around the US:
March 6, 2017
I have had some amazing Ceramic students at Seward High and Seward Middle School this past Quarter! Here are some of their projects!
Ancient Bas Relief Trivet:
Textured Slab Built Vase/Bottle with Wheel Thrown Neck:
Riley von Borstel
Riley von Borstel
Dana Van Slyke
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