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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Multi Colored Self Portrait Stencils

This week in Art One we are working on Muti-colored Self Portrait Stencils (see above).  We've done stencils before but always using only one cut out.

This year we are a little ambitious  going for three or four different cuts out to complete the portraits. I've never done this before ... the students have never done this before... so its all new to everybody and nobody is really sure if it will even work.. But I think we are off to a good start.

Check out the process so far...

We started the adventure up in the computer lab by importing a photograph into Photoshop. There, we applied the cutout filter to break the image down into basic shapes. Then we applied a gradient map to match the colors of the spray paint. I've created a video tutorial you can watch here.

Next, we projected the resulting image onto tag board. Each color was traced onto a separate sheet. That's what is going on in the photo above.

All the fun comes when each piece of tag board needs to have the negative space cut away from it. We use x-acto blades. Boy is this part fun! Now where is my tongue? Oh, here it is. firmly embedded into my cheek.

The final step takes very little time, especially compared to the rest of the process. Each piece of tag board is placed on a background and the chosen color sprayed though. Pretty simple.

Above you see the second layer being applied.

Here you see the work with two layers sprayed.

This is the same piece with three layers sprayed.

Jess is now adding the final layer, the white spray paint.

This is the final version after spraying. We might take these to the next level by adding color pencil, marker or pastels on top of the sprayed images. Stay tuned!!

To better understand what we did in the computer lab, watch or share with your class the video below.

Creating a Stencil Reference from iansands on Vimeo.

Apples to Apples

The Computer Art class spent the morning taking their first look around the iPad app Sketchbook Pro. The objective was to learn about using layers with different brushes, opacities and colors.

What better way to start using an Apple then by drawing an apple from observation. The best part was, we ate the apples when the class was over!  

Just to be clear... we ate the apples, not the Apples.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Drawing Class NOW here at Apexh High!!

Do you LOVE to Draw?
Would you like to LEARN?
Are you cooler than cool?
 Then Sign up already!!!!  Check out this video about the course.....

Try our slideshow creator at Animoto.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Registration Begins at Apex HS

Before you register for class next week.. Watch these two videos -->

Art History..
One Class. Once a Year.. Are You In?

Make your own slide show at Animoto.

Computer Art...
If you Can Imagine it....

Make a video of your own at Animoto.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PLN Animation Collaboration

A week or so ago, we kicked off a new unit in animation using artwork created by students at other schools. I tweeted my PLN asking for volunteers. The three participating schools included -->

The Creature that Came with the Chair:
by Second graders at Dryden Elementary Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Visual Pun 
By middle school students at Space Center Intermediate School Houston, Texas

Exquisite Corpse
By students at Byron Center Middle School Byron Center, Michigan

You can check out the first round of animations here . Our Apex Computer Art students selected an image and used Photoshop to create these animated gif's. Here are a few more of the animations...

Animation : Walking

 For this second animation project we created a walk cycle using cutout paper puppets. Each paper puppet was placed into position and a single shot taken. Then, the puppet was repositioned and another photo taken. The grand total of frames needed to create a walk cycle, 8.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shadow Art from Junk

As part of our value unit, the Art One class created shadow art. The catch, they could only use piles of junk in order to create the scenes....

2013 Spring Newimals!

Everyone likes a Good Newimal! New animals created as one of the first Photoshop projects the Computer Art class here at Apex HS completes. The objective is to mix the colors, textures and body part shapes as seamlessly as possible. Take a look -->

Still want more? Click here to see previous class Newimal creations!

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