Foundations in Studio Art and Still Lifes

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My hope this semester is that I will expose my 9th grade students to as many new art materials as possible, while making connections to real careers in the art world. I also want them to find their own strengths and interests as young artists. As I told all of my parents recently at back to school night: We will be starting out very traditional, creating a still life painting on canvas, and then, from there, continue to add more and more real world applications for art. Before I go off on a tangent about what I have planned for the semester I would like to just start with our still lifes.

Each Freshman art student has just finished the first of 7 projects to come. They are amazing, and they took a total of 6.7 hours each. We have 80 minute class periods, and we worked on them for 5 days. Actually, you can probably round it down to six if you take into account intruction time and clean up, but still. Six hours is a lot of time, and it shows.

Below are some of the results. The first picture has a student’s painting of her glasses, me happy as can be, and my project example of a tea pot. A lot of our objects were shiny so I thought I would make sure my example included reflections.

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