Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharp

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summertime, summer-time, sum-sum-summertime!

It's here!  Summertime!  Part of me is wondering where the year went and part of me can't believe we finally made it.  Our state testing was rather late in the year so I had my 4th quarter students about 2 weeks longer than I have in the past.  This gave us time to do some catching up and a little bit of assessment toward the end of the quarter.

The last project that we did was a bit of a test.  I reminded my students of the concepts that we explored this year, some way back in September.  I put containers of sea shells on their tables, along with some photographs of seashells and challenged them to fill their pages with drawings of the shells.  I gave them free reign but asked them to show me what they remembered about value and space, drawing from life, drawing from other sources and a few other concepts.  The only thing I asked was that they show me value in grayscale, using pencils only.

This is what they came up with.  I think it is safe to say that we are all dreaming of long, lazy summer days.

I took these pics with my iPhone, so I apologize that they aren't the best quality


I love how they are all different but they also all fulfilled the requirements of the lesson.

I have been trying to figure out how to embed a PDF document here so that I could share my Summer Art Challenge with you but so far, I have not been very successful.  In the meantime, here are a couple of screenshots of the challenges I came up with this summer.  Lots of kids took one so I hope to have a bunch of stuff turned in when school starts back.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful, creative summer and that all of your summertime dreams come true!

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