Block Printing

This week, 5th grade artists completed their mixed-media accordion books — a huge accomplishment!  The project incorporated book binding, foundational drawing skills, painting with guache, exploring positive and negative space, create a sense of horizon, and basic calligraphy skills.  Students are bringing home this project this week, so be sure to ask your 5th grader to show you her book if you haven’t seen it yet!

Today we started our next project:  Block printing!  Through this compelling art form, students have the freedom to create an image of their choosing.  Their goals are to design, carve, and print an image that is bold, simple, contains a clear focal point, and contains a variety of line widths and directions.

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Photography Assignment #1: Composition

Photography Assignment #1: Focus on Composition

Take nine photos, one for each compositional approach (described in the handout below). The goal is for each photo to have a strong, captivating composition. The subjects of the photos are anything that is meaningful and intriguing to you. (Examples: Portraits of friends, family, or pets; plants or trees; action scenes such as sports or activities; create a still life using interesting objects…)

Come to class on Wednesday, January 6th with your camera and computer, ready to describe which compositional approach you used for each photo.

Photography Composition Tips