October in the Art Room

Posted by Anna Kogan on 10/25/2017

October in the Art Room

We have had a very productive month and we only have a few weeks left of the trimester.

Mixed Media Art

In mixed media art, students have created block prints based on a topic of their choosing. The print needed to incorporate hatching or cross hatching (texture). 



Students extended this project by creating a clay impression of their block and then painting it. 


clay impression

Students also explored collage further and created colorful collages using recycled wallpaper. Their collages needed to incorporate 4 layers of papers and show depth and craftsmanship. The results are beautiful.

collage   fox


Students are also finishing up beautiful watercolor paintings of animals. These pieces also needed to include texture. Many students utilized the fan brush to create fur or feather effects. 


cat 5   fish   peacock   bird

Now, students are working on transforming advertisements into large drawings. Soon, they will either paint or collage into the drawings to change or enhance the meaning of the ads. These should be very interesting and because they are using a grid method to draw the ads, the drawings are turning out very well.


Students in 3D Art have been very busy. Most students have had a chance to try out the pottery wheel. Some students found the wheel quite easy while others found it very challenging. Students have now glazed their mugs using food safe overglazes.

mugs   mugs 2   mugs 3

After spending a block period sketching in the neighborhood to observe architectural details, students created relief sculptures inspired by anthing architectural around the world. Students were to create at least 4 levels of depth in their relief clay sculptures. These will be painted after they are fired.

skull   architect   architect2


They have also created musical instruments that are shaped like animals. These will soon be fired and painted. The animals are simlar to rainsticks. 


Some students are currently working on coil pottery and a few have gotten to design 3D printed objects. In the last few weeks of the trimester, students will work with plaster, cardboard to make sculptures and popsicle sticks. They will also spend time glazing and painting all of their sculptures. They have created such wonderful work this trimester and should feel proud.


Advanced Art

After our eventful field trip to the animal shelter in Santa Clara, students have been busily working on gouache paintings of the cats and dogs they met. Almost every cat or dog is represented in a painting. Student also had to write about their cat or dog, writing our their animal's thoughts and feelings. On November 2nd, the volunteers from the shelter will come to Hillview to see the paintings and talk to us about the shelter more. What a wonderful service the students are doing for the homeless animals.

dog   cat   cat 2   dog 2

Students are also working on large 6" x 12" block prints. These should be very impressive. They are also working on painting their burnished sculptures as well as their tribute boxes. The last 2 weeks of each trimester are dedicated to students working on an independent project, which is always exciting.