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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Texture Drawing

Altering the Texture of an Everyday Object

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson
After making our clay boxes (lesson found here) the 8th graders went back to drawing.  This time we talked about texture and how it can be rendered.  I reminded them of the sphere they drew before we did portraiture and how it was all about the way you shaded the object.  Texture is no exception.   We talked about how it is all in the shading and edges when drawing/rendering texture.  I gave the students a printout of various textures and asked that they practice by replicating a few of them (the handout had 10 textures on it and they got to choose which ones they replicated).  


I know that something like this can be a hard task for an 8th grader (or for anyone!), so I wanted to break it down a little bit simpler for them so that they weren't completely overwhelmed by the texture handout.  I suggested that they approach their replicas in steps.  I also reminded them that these were my suggestions, and if they felt more comfortable approachign them differently, they were more than welcome to.  First, they should simply layout basic (and major) outlines of the shapes/textures and try to match the location of them in the box.  Examples of this step:
Texture Drawing Middle School Art Practice

Then I suggested that add the darkest shadows.  I find it easier to start dark and get lighter as opposed to starting with the highlights.  I encouraged them to pay attention to the direction and placement of the shadows to maintain a more realistic quality to their drawings.  Again, I reminded them that this is merely my suggestion of how to approach their renderings.  My example of that step:

Texture Drawing Middle School Art Practice
I recommended that they then work from the shadows into their middle grays which will eventually lead into their highlights.  I warned them that they would not turn out perfect and I did not expect them to!  I think that is the most important thing to remind them of since they were just learning this skill and they are in 8th grade.  My examples of this progression:
Texture Drawing Middle School Art Practice

Texture Drawing Middle School Art Practice


Once they had some practice under their belt, I asked them to create one drawn texture of their own.  Those who had an easier time replicating texture were encouraged to use colored pencil as their challenge.  And the other students were continuing their practice.  Free choice examples:
Texture Drawing Middle School Art Practice

After we had practiced our techniques and decided which textures were felt most comfortable with and/or were interested by, we took our drawings to the next level.  I asked that each student select an "everyday object" and to alter its texture.  I reminded them that they needed to take their texture off of their edges and pay attention to the shape of the object and imagining how the texture would lay/grow on that surface. To remind them of this, I kept this memo on my dry erase board while they worked:

I had the students run their ideas by me first so that they didn't choose anything too easy or too hard.  I vetoed the smartphone as I thought its shape was too easy and suggested that we avoid the use of snakeskin due to time constraints and my fear of that student's future frustrations. Similar to our practice drawings, I suggested that students start with basic outlines before adding their shading.  I asked that they maintain some features of the object so that we did not lose its identity all together but wanted them to cover the majority of its surface with the texture of their choice.  The results were magnificent!  I had my students write a reflection on art at the end of the year and many students oohed and ahhed about their texture drawings and how they had no idea they could draw like that and how cool it would look.

Starting with a basic outline
Newly textured with some key details remaining

You are now entering the "My students are talented!" Gallery:
Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson

Texture Drawing Everyday Object Middle School Art Lesson



Themed Clay Boxes

EXTRA! EXTRA! 8th Grade Finally Works with Clay!

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

My 8th graders haven't worked with slabs before so I thought this would be a good opportunity.  The lesson is pretty simple and self explanatory, so I'll lay out the basics.  The students were asked to sketch out a plan for a themed box.  The theme needed to be portrayed in some way, shape or form on all sides of the box plus it required a topper (gotta practice those slip and scoring skills).  This meant that some of my students planned on adding attachments to their sides and others painted or carved into them while all of them had to create a 3D topper to attach to the lid.  Once the sketches were done, they made templates from posterboard (most of the students planned on cubes, so this step was easy).  I taught them how to make a slab.  As I tend to do with middle school, I made them an instructional video and did a class demonstration. It is hard for all of them to gather around a table and watch me, so the video helps with that part and the live demo helps clarify anything they were confused about in the video.


They each made their necessary slabs and once they were leather hard, we slipped and scored them together  (as a hollow form, we cut the lids off later) plus any other attachments we needed and carved what needed to be carved.  We cut the lids to have uneven edges with Exacto knives so that the lid wouldn't just slide right off but it also had to be removable.  Once bisqued, they had the choice of painting their box with acrylics and adding a gloss, or they could glaze it.  And as I always say...they came out great!  I absolutely love the work that these kids do!  I tried to get a couple of angles on a few of these, so you could see how their themes panned out:

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson




Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson
Important caption to the bird box--this student's box was caving in while she attached her slabs and instead of giving up, she altered her plan and made something creative and beautiful!  Love when that happens!
Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Fall of 2014 Examples:

Painting vs Glazing Clay Students Choose Medium Middle School Art

Painting vs Glazing Clay Students Choose Medium Middle School Art

Painting vs Glazing Clay Students Choose Medium Middle School Art

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes Full Display
Display Case of 8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes with 2nd Grade Animal Accents
 Close ups:
8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Marvel Box View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Marvel Box View 2
 
8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Coke Can

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Cupcake

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Gatorade Bottle

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Beach Scene and Dowling High School Volleyball Theme

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Lighthouse

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Notre Dame Football

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Outer Space-Planets View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Outer Space- Planets View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Winter Theme with a Canadian Maple Leaf

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Cross Country Theme

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Robot

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Frog

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Police Box

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Snowman
Side note: this snowman was dropped during the making of it and she gave it the TLC it needed to revive the smashed up version!

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Easter Theme

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Cat with Fish Topper!

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Minion

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Clay Kitty

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Penguin

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
One of my avid readers made this book themed box! (view 1)

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Book Themed View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Mario and Luigi!

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Slug View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Slug View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Slug View 3 (back)

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fall Theme View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fall Theme View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fairy Tale View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fairy Tale View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Minion

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Gatorade

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Clay Cat