Thursday, August 31, 2017

Strategies for Successful Drawing from Observation

Block Out or "Zoom In"

Its easy to get overwhelmed by too much information; especially when what we're drawing is as "familiar" as the parts of a human face - We get so caught up in making sure the "eye" looks like a "real human eye" we forget it's just lines and values on a piece of paper! 

Gridding is one way we can break up the information, and even forget what we're drawing, so we can more accurately record those lines, darks and lights as we really see them with our eye, not our brain. Students in both Drawing 1 classes were issued a grid-segment from this drawing.

Twenty-four different students copied one or more grid-pieces and assembled them over a class period. As the last piece was set into place, they finally got to SEE what it was they were drawing.  Because they didn't know what the subject was, they were free to pay closer attention to the subtle differences in value, curve, and angle.

Better real-life accuracy was achieved specifically because we weren't trying to draw a face.
Period 2

Period 5

Friday, April 28, 2017

Art Fest in Petersburg, 2017

Artfest this year happened in Petersburg from April 19-23!
JDHS sent a team of 8 students, Summer Putman, Capri Potter, Riley Stadt, Lily Deitz, Ericka Nebert, Cody Wilson, Grace Walli, and Mari Bell.

Here's some of the artwork we took to represent our Art Program in the Brought form Home category:

And, Here's some of the things we made at Artfest!!

Here's Ericka after recieving one of her best of workshop awards:

Here are some of the instructors:

Ms. Ridgway taught a leather mask making workshop, and here are some things her Artfest students made. Recognize these TM students?

Everyone in Petrsburg wa SO kind! We lucked out and got housed together at this amazing spot -

Surreal sketches by Drawing 1 students

Ana Vakauta

Jade Lott

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Our All-State Art competition contributions

WOW! This is always the toughest decision. Sometimes, even after all the photography, artists' statements, determining what will represent best in which category, Ridgway is still flummoxed by the judges final decisions. But this Art Show gives good feedback, and its great to have your work published on such a noteworthy site for a year! Check out this slideshow to see what was in the running this year...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Some 3rd hr students in CERAMICS class

Wedging clay makes working it much easier and is important to getting strong products.

Creating coil pots - They must be over 5 " tall!