Friday, February 27, 2015

Paste Paper Patterns - lesson 5

The fifth session of the Follow the Drinking Gourd Music Map Murals residency consisted of painting papers using a paste mixture with tempera and creating texture using a paint scraper. The colors used corresponded to the object that would need to be created. The orange would be used for flowers or clothing and the green textured paper would be used for grass in the collaged landscapes, for example.

Drawing It Out - lesson 4

In the fourth session of the Follow the Drinking Gourd Music Map Murals residency students worked in teams to sketch out drawings after looking for clues in the lyrics of the song. Each student was encouraged to use lessons learned from one-point perspective and landscapes.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Stars Lead The Way - Lesson 3

Enslaved Blacks used the Polaris constellation, called the Drinking Gourd for its shape, as a starry map toward the north and freedom. Students practiced drawing the constellation using crayon on paper in this Follow the Drinking Gourd Music Map Murals residency.

Friday, February 6, 2015

What's Your Perspective? - Lesson 2

In the second session of the  Follow the Drinking Gourd Music Map Murals residency students learned about one-point perspective and how objects appear smaller as they are seen further away. Students created their own drawings using the concepts they learned.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Artist Books Final Critique Ends Residency

Accordian based books with cut-outs

Altered artist book

Traditionally bound book with signatures and a leather cover

Our final critique at Wilson H.S. marked the end of my residency there. Students presented their final books and talked about why they chose the book form they did and noted any successes and challenges in the process.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Learning About Landscapes - Session 1

As students begin the art residency, Follow the Drinking Gourd Music Map Murals, I gave a lesson on landscapes to prepare the students for the mural making.