I had the pleasure to watch one of my talented Amazing Artist create this masterpiece 🤩. She is only in Grade 10.
High School Students learned about surrealism and the work of Salvador Dali. They looked through magazines and chose two unrelated pictures and combined them to create a drawing inspired by surrealism artists.
Here is one of my high school lessons where my students learned the history about Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque Art and architecture. Prior to my introduction I set up on a table in the middle of the room different size paper cylinders and cones that resembled a castle as a still-life this made the students curious as they walked in the room.
After my intro I did a demo showing students how to draw the still life. I showed them how to draw one cylinder in front and one behind another. Then I showed them how to shadow them in using charcoal. I explained how they should look at which way the light is hitting the cylinders, and how they should squint their eyes to start at the darkest areas and work their way to lighter shades and value. I had them do this as a practice for one day and told them to brainstorm ideas and to think about their castle, I expressed it can be fantasy or realistic. I gave them examples like the Harry Potter castle, Lord of the Rings castle. I told them their castle can be in water or on land; it was totally up to them.
The following day I showed the students how to draw details like bricks, balconies, doorways, etc. I used the same example from the demo the day prior. I demonstrated how to draw their lines according to their horizon line (see attached).
Once they began working on their layouts several of my students had questions. For example: they wanted me to show them how to draw bridges, roof tops, spiral stair cases, or how to shade in mountains and clouds. I demonstrated on a one to one basis. This is a great way to monitor your student’s artistic growth.
Overall I was very impressed with their ideas and creativity. They really used their imagination to create their castles, Take a look at some of their castles and enjoy.
Here is a cool High School Lesson where I introduced Pop Art and the work of Roy Lichtenstein to my students. I showed them some examples and discussed the meticulous use of benday dots. The students first searched for a magazine image of their choice. They then traced the image using contour lines only. They then transferred the image on white paper using charcoal transfer paper. Next students outlined their image using a black sharpie. Students then began to paint their design using primary colors only. I had my students use Q-tips for their benday dots, some chose to use a ruler aswell to line them up properly. Remind your students to practice their dots on a seperate paper prior to beginning. Once students are done with their dots they will use black acrylic to paint everything they outlined in sharpie. I had my students add a caption to give their design a more comic book effect, however it is not necessary. Have fun🎨