I was inspired by Matt Mazur’s lesson Notan From Dark to Light published in the January 2014 issue of Arts and Activities Magazine.
“The Japanese concept of Notan involves a play between dark and light. Some of the Robert Motherwell’s paintings and Japanese characters are good examples of light and dark contrast that connect well to the concept.”
“Paper cutting is a valued form of Japanese folk art – many Notan pieces are collaged, not painted.”
It is important to note that this project deals with Positive and Negative space, Organic and Geometric Shapes and Figure Ground Relationships.
I am working on developing a stained glass unit with my advanced art students. I plan to ask the artist Betti L. to come do a demonstration and be a visiting artist for a period in my classroom.
You will need glass scorers, running pliers, glass grinders, grossing pliers, copper foil or lead cane (I recommend the copper foil) soldering irons and 60/40 solder. Also safety glasses, stained glass, and lots of band-aids.
I love the projects featured on The Blooming Palette. Several semesters I saw the Sit Down and Speak Up project and fell in love with it. I show my students the Rock the Vote 2014 video and ask them to pick an issue important to them. We brainstorm a list of words and practice drawing several different types of chairs.
Here are some beginning sketches of chairs and stools I demoed in class.
First step, select the correct orientation of your paper — horizontal or vertical. Next make a slight mark where you would like the top and bottom of the chair to be on your paper. This is to remind you not to run off the page while you are practicing.
Second, using your pencil like a windshield wiper to find the correct angles. Draw a box out of the chair legs.
Next draw the chair legs going up. Just go for it. Don’t be afraid of making a wrong mark. Make many lines so you have enough to choose from.
Fourth, measure for proportions. How long are the legs to the back of the chair.
Next add detail. Look for the shading and changes in value.
Think about your composition. Does your eye go in a circle around the picture plane. Do you have some large and small objects? Is everything the same size? Are your dark areas balanced?
A word of caution about text – Think about the FONT of your words. If you use ALL stencils you will give your work a military feel. Do you want that? Does it help your artwork? Think about having some text hanging off/running off your page. Think about using cursive and print.
A word of caution – do not paint your entire paper, words and chairs all one color it will kill the composition. The more successful compositions masks out the chairs and paint the background in different neutral color washes. This will give DEPTH to your composition.
Wikipedia says that ATC’s are, “Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged.
Select details to enhance or embellish the ATC design.
Select text or quote (optional)
Play with the elements to create your design
Finalize the design and glue down
Finalize the back of the card
(sign your work)
Ideas for ATC
Art Ed Guru suggests: “Trading Cards: [History, Cultures] Create trading cards (2) for a famous artist in history based on a list provided by the teacher, chosen from a hat, or based on student interest. One card should show the artist, and their personal information on the back, similar to a baseball card. The second should be an artwork they are known for, with an illustration on the front, and simple but pertinent information on the back. These can be presented to the class, but also used later as a matching game to reinforce concepts, or copied and used to make a class set of flashcards for studying.”
On the facebook group Art Teachers, there were two cool artist report ideas that I saw today.
The first was a painting on a bottle with the report rolled up as the message in the bottle. This project is the idea of Jodie Kill-Victoria. Here is what she has to say,
“Tried a different approach to teaching art history with my high school painting class this semester. This lesson involved researching, evaluating, recreating and writing a personal letter to an artist from history that they were given. We painted using acrylic paint and sealed our bottles with a spray gloss. We then rolled up our letters for the finished “Message in a Bottle” art lesson.”
The second idea is an artist sketchbook report. This was created by
The elements on the page are 5 cool facts, 5 identifying characteristics, why are they important, a quote and 7 pictures of their work.
I first read about Task Party’s on my Art Teacher Facebook group from a post written by Ian Sands.Another art teacher, Mrs. B, has done this in her classroom – This activity is just TASK-ing to have fun. From her blog:
What? In other words, TASK is an activity where artists pull a TASK from the task box which can be interpreted any way the artist chooses. Then each artist contributes a TASK to the TASK box for others to interpret. “You take one, you write one” TASKS can be anything…from build a treehouse to do a line dance, to brush your teeth.
Materials offered to the artists can vary and include, paper, scissors, cardboard, yarn, string, glue, foil, bubble wrap, paint, crayons, tape….it is really up to the teacher. And, constraints can be added like time allotted or limiting materials.
I also read about it on Art 21’s blog – Oliver Herrin’gs Big Art Pary.
I must do this in my classroom.
Task ideas are:
Build a treehouse
Play your favorite childhood game
Make a garden
Pop out of a box and scare people
Put small pieces of tape on 10 people
Become a silent statue for 5 minutes
Create a tape circle with 5 people inside
Make a tea party