This week's Art Tech student work is from the 8th grade Stations of the Cross project and the 7th grade mini-golf design project. The 8th graders used the grid method to make free-hand pencil drawings of illustrations by contemporary artist Shari Van Vranken. The students colored photos of their own drawings in the Sketchbook app on their iPads. Seventh graders created their mini-golf lanes and the surrounding thematic sculptural forms with Tinkercad computer-aided design software on their iPads. Dimensions of the putting lanes and walls are used for performing math calculations. Students engineered all of the complex 3D forms in their models using only the simple shape tools of Tinkercad. This math-art interdisciplinary project was developed by Mr. Bell and Mrs. Cvetan, who teach it collaboratively.
Seventh graders have recently been creating mini-golf lanes (or holes) with Tinkercad computer-aided design software on their iPads. Mr. Bell and Mrs. Cvetan developed this math-art integrated STREAM assignment. In the first stage of the project, students create and label the segments of their putting lanes, as well as obstacles that contact the putting surface. In Mrs. Cvetan's math class, students use measurements of components of their models to calculate surface area, volume, perimeter, and cost of materials. Their math calculations relate to the putting surface and walls. Students express themselves creatively by making elaborate sculptural forms above or around the putting area. In addition to their time in art class, students of 7W and 7C have been team-taught by Mrs. Cvetan and Mr. Bell for about 45 minutes per week. All of the forms in these virtual 3D models were created by our student artists with only the simple shape tools of the Tinkercad engineering software.
For their giraffe paintings, kindergarten art students traced cardboard rectangles to draw the main shapes of the bodies of the animals. By arranging the rectangles to create the general shapes of the giraffes, students learned that simple shapes can be used to make more complex forms. Tempera paint was applied with cotton swabs and fingers.
The below Videos titled "5 Green Art Class Flapping Birds" and "5 Blue Art Class Flapping Birds" show our fifth graders flapping the wings of their origami creations and practicing their bird calls.
8th Grade Stations of the Cross
Many 8th graders in art tech class are now applying color to their pencil drawings of the Stations of the Cross. They are using the tools of the Sketchbook app on their iPads. Although our students employ modern digital technology to develop their images, the basis of their work on this project is free-hand drawing with pencils and pens.
To begin this project, students drew grids with 1/2-inch squares on small prints of illustrations by contemporary artist Shari Van Vranken. They drew proportionate grids with 1-inch squares on their drawing papers in order to scale up the images they were viewing.
The works shown here are among the first to be finished. Many more very strong images are nearing completion. Students have been highly motivated on this project because it allows them to express their faith in a creative and challenging way.
3rd Grade Hound Dogs
In art class, third graders have been creating doghouses, dog pens, and dogs with Sketch Up for Schools computer-aided design software on their Chromebooks. This geometry-based architectural software allows students to integrate their creative art production with math and engineering. Students of the 3H art class are shown here with their drawings of dogs. Soon, students will use the "scale" tool to resize their dogs and move them into their pens.
Mr. John Bell, Art Teacher
Mr. Bell focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and presented STREAM (Science, Religion, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) workshops at the Diocesan Teacher Conference, as well as multiple workshops throughout his years in the Diocese.