Eight Students Accepted by Publication

I am so excited to announce that I had eight students accepted into the Fall 2017 Celebrating Art book being published this Spring.  Celebrating Art is an online national art competition three times a year that is open to any student in grades K - 12.  Only the top 25% of all the entries are accepted for publication.  I am so proud of all my students that were selected.  I will be posting the students separately to showcase their accomplishments in the coming days.

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Two Collages by Sawyer Whitmore

Sawyer is a new student who joined her brother here at Developing Artists.  Her first all black collage was created with markers to learn the five kinds of lines and the five ways to vary lines.  Her next drawing was done with only horizontal and vertical lines without the assistance of a ruler.  Because the mind plays tricks on us, students quickly learn to hold their heads straight, paper positioned at right angle to their body and learn if they have a dominant eye or not.

Sawyer Whitmore.11 yrs.markers

Sawyer Whitmore.11 yrs.markers

Sawyer Whitmore.11 yrs.marker

Sawyer Whitmore.11 yrs.marker

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Motif by Jennifer Burkinshaw

This type of composition is called a motif.  Students first create their design and then trace it four times onto watercolor paper.  In previous projects students have worked with switching between positive and negative space; In this project we introduced the concept of 'reverse imaging' for which the placement of the design and associated color scheme where all decisions needed to be made to complete the artwork.

Jennifer Burkinshaw.17 yrs.watercolor

Jennifer Burkinshaw.17 yrs.watercolor

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TP by Avagail Cabral

Ava made this colored pencil landscape from all triangles.  This exercise is done to teach students the relationship of one object to another and the power of observation.  Using the teachers finished composition example the student must identify placement of the mountains on the horizon line without a ruler.  They further must decide which entity overlaps the other, and where the figures are on the page compared to the other objects in the picture.

Ava.12 yrs.colored pencil

Ava.12 yrs.colored pencil

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Spotlight on Sarah Spanek

This still-life drawing rendered in pencil was Sarah's final project for the 'Design and Color' program.  This is the first time the student is introduced to drawing from life rather than photos or imagination.  Having physical objects in front of them and having to translate that onto a 2-dimensional surface is far different than using a photo.  She was apprehensive at first but accomplished the project with flying colors and gained confidence in her abilities.

Sarah Spanek.16yrs.pencil

Sarah Spanek.16yrs.pencil

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Dolphin Motif by Elaine Pu

This watercolor is from the motif project where students must create a design that later will be repeated four times onto watercolor paper.  The design can be repeated in any way they choose including upside down or the reverse side.  She then selected the color scheme that best suited her vision for the piece.

Elaine Pu.14yrs.watercolor

Elaine Pu.14yrs.watercolor

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