Students in Middle School Art studied to work of Harlem Renaissance artist, Romare Bearden. After looking at his jazz inspired paintings, students created a collagraph plate of a musical instrument using layers of cardboard. Students used these plates to create collagraph prints and they experimented with different colored inks and papers.
Students learned about the importance of expressive intent (being purposeful in artistic decisions) and practiced this concept by creating an abstract artwork using oil pastels and watercolor. Students chose an emotion to portray using only abstract lines, colors and shapes.
(Right-Left, Top-Bottom: Matthew - Rage, Matthew - Hope, Peter - Joy, Laura - Calmness, Victoria - Excitement, Sabrina - Envy, Jack - Despair, Luca - Hope, Ellen - Lovesickness, Laura K - Anxiety, Ben - Serenity, Laura - Confusion)