Eighth graders here at Marshall Simonds Middle School learned how to use Photoshop while creating posters of inspirational figures. We mind-mapped famous people who have made a difference in this world. Students brainstormed important issues for which they are impassioned. It was an excellent assignment to get students on the new Macbook Pros and teach Photoshop to middle school students. I was a bit nervous as it was my first time getting middle grade students using the Adobe programs. I have found that many students have trouble moving from an iOS device to a Mac OS, but it worked very well. I set my expectations low and these students far exceeded them! I see students 2 out of a 6 day rotation schedule and I would estimate that this assignment took about 8 classes to complete.
To adapt this assignment for those students who do not have Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Mix is a great app to use although the options are a bit more limited.
Click here to view the Google Doc assignment
Gustav Klimt uses abstract imagery coupled with realistic painting techniques in order to juxtapose the two together, creating a beautiful dichotomy. Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School learned about pattern design, the art of Gustav Klimt, and also learned how to professionally photograph art. What I love about these designs is that they empower students to feel like they can make art by focusing on patterns and shapes. The designs were a lot of fun as well. Take a look at how students took their figure and created shapes and patterns that worked with the figure in some way (either the figure's pose, clothing, or mood).
Here we are back in another school year! With this being my first year teaching at the middle school level, I have had a lot to learn about this age group. It has been such a wonderful experience thus far. What has been really great is getting back into fine art. I haven't taught much drawing and painting in my last ten years of teaching.
Now let's get back to the art! I hope to post much of my student work this year here on my blog.
How to Draw Your Own Selfie
Here at Burlington High School, I run a program called the Digital Publishing team, which is a full year course where students design graphics for the community and the school. The team consists of 11 students from grades 9-12 working together (often collaboratively) to come up with advanced design solutions. Some of these students have come to the class with much graphic design experience, and some have just began their journey into digital arts. I am so proud to teach these wonderful students who continue to impress and inspire me.
This year we are happy to announce that the Digital Publishing team is exhibiting their artwork in Burlington's Cambridge Street Gallery! The work will be on display for the month of May. Come check it out! In the meantime, a small number of designs can be viewed in the gallery below.
*Not pictured are our fabulous seniors who are out on internships this term.
This year the Burlington High School Art Department hosted the 46th annual Art + Fashion Show, where students from a variety of courses came together to exhibit the art that they have been working on since the beginning of the school year. Hundreds of pieces were on display from courses like Architecture, Drawing & Painting, Design, Photography, Web Design, and Ceramics, to name a few. Additionally, the fashion class hosted the always popular fashion show, walking down the red carpet showing their original designs.
BHS Alumna, Sam Marchese (Class of 2016), came to visit the fashion class and also spoke with some marketing students regarding her experience after high school. Sam recently spent the summer in New York doing costume work for an independent film that will soon be released. She showed photographs of her experiences being on set and filming with the crew. Sam talked about how she was given a budget for clothing, purchasing many items for all of the actors in the movie -- relying on their self-taken measurements.
While Sam was in high school here at BHS, she was an extremely successful fashion design student, taking fashion for three years. She also worked part time at the costume room in Burlington, helping out with costumes for the Burlington musicals and plays. She works in the costume department at Providence College currently.
Currently Sam is a junior at Providence College, majoring in Marketing, with a specialized minor in costume design. Sam hopes to be a professional costumer in the future. Now with experience in the film industry, she has more options for her career.
During our first ever 21st century learning day here at MSMS, students were able to choose sessions run by teachers. The purpose of the 21st Century Learning Day was for students to experience real world skills. I chose to bring fashion design into the art curriculum and bring students over from BHS to work with middle school students.
Below is a description of the workshop:
Choosing 1 of 2 options, students worked with senior high school students to create either a fashion croquis or a paper garment in order to identify the skills necessary to work in the clothing industry.
The fashion industry is a thriving economical career option for students, from fashion designers, merchandisers, stylists, buyers, and more. This workshop will challenge students to creatively problem solve within the realm of the fashion industry, choosing either to create a garment or to create a fashion croquis (sketch).
The Digital Publishing Team consists of a group of students in grades 9-12 working together to create and design artwork for the school, the Burlington community, and beyond. Under the instruction of their teacher, the class learns design principles, marketing and business techniques and runs much like a professional design agency. The Cambridge Street Gallery exhibit showcases this year's winners for a multitude of design projects including the BHS yearbook, the school musical, the BEF road race, and even a logo for a local company. Students listened to clients' artistic needs, and used their design skills to create the works in this show.
The slideshow below is comprised of this year's design winners. All of these designs are exhibited in the Cambridge Street Gallery at 123 Cambridge Street.
I teach art at Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts. My goals include teaching my students to live and thrive with 21st century learning skills while helping them to learn valuable creative artistic thinking and technical skill.