Monday, January 12, 2015

Mix Your Media

india ink, ink wash, watercolor, paper collage

This is such a cool assignment because the results are so varied and wonderful.
I give the kids a sharpened wooden dowel to draw with that they dip into india ink, 
(so no pencil, no erasing),
and then ask them to draw their still life object in Modified Contour.
(only looking at the paper about 50% of the time)
So right away the students are freaking out,
but I have them practice for a day,
and they end up loving the technique.
(it forces them to go very deeply into right brain)
This first piece was brilliantly created by senior Micheal Cantu.
The project requires them to bring in paper collage,
so this clever young man started off with his paper text
 and drew right on top of it rather then applying it at a later date.
Now did he watercolor before or after he drew,
I'll have to check.
What I do I know is this a noteworthy piece. 

Now we have this lovely work by junior Elias Rodriquez.
I adore his paper collaged background
 and how he has built in values to give it a really atmospheric look.
I also appreciate the asymmetrical balancing of the composition.
He has created a really moody, thought filled piece.

Senior Nathan Chong put a lot of critical thinking into his composition.
He actually created two separate works,
then cut out the head from one and superimposed it over top his other backdrop,
and anchored it with a strong cast shadow.
Are you starting to notice a theme here?
Subjects leaning towards the bizarre?

Senior Jovani Garcia worked/drew from one of my favorite student built wire sculptures.
Then he applied the gorgeous watercolor backdrop along with his paper collage
which really made the wire tree pop.

And lastly junior Jonathon Hsu has given us this eerie landscape with his beautifully
drawn wood burned gourd.
You must see the close up to appreciate his drawing skills. 


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  2. Those are wonderful pieces. I am always amazed at the level of work of your students.

  3. Absolutely love the finished works and especially the individuality expressed in the pieces for the same assignment! Way to go!!