Art students at Delta Middle School are mastering the "ABCs" of art — learning the elements of art and how they should be applied to design. The goal was to create a fall mural for the hallways of Delta Middle School.
Students in Annalee Couch's art class began by doodling, using specific combinations of straight lines, then curvy lines, then a combination of both to create unique patterns.
The students gathered leaves that had fallen from the trees. They then dried and traced the leaves in their sketchbooks. They analyzed the shape of the leaf and chose a design with high contrast to the shape. When they were satisfied with their concept, the students used metallic markers to replicate the design on the leaf.
The next step of the process was planning three thumbnail sketches of fun fall activities, like flying a kite or playing hide-and-seek. Ms. Couch helped the students revise and select a final design. With a partner, the students traced the life-size design onto black paper to create a silhouette. After a lengthy discussion on the safe use of X-acto knives, the students cut out the silhouettes.
The final step was installation — stapling the silhouettes to the wall and surrounding them with falling leaves.
As the leaves became more brittle, they broke and crumbled onto the carpeting. Some of the silhouettes were torn by students as they brushed by. But as Ms. Couch pointed out, the installation project was not intended to be permanent.
What will endure is the lesson the students learned about the creative process and how it can be applied to other projects.
Participating students included Felipe Bedoy, Gianna Brown, Odin Higgs, Sean Horn, Naomi Johnson, Jack Jones, Shad Lewis, Alexander Lindberg, Javier Martinez, Gadiel Mendoza-Leon, Darius Moralez, Alonso Saenz and Kaysha Wagner. Darius Moralez is in the seventh grade; the rest are sixth graders.blog comments powered by Disqus