Friday, May 25, 2012

Classroom Mural 2012

This is my final dry erase mural from East Valley High School. This work was executed by students from 9th to 12th grade and it comprises multiple sources. Close reading reveals fine art references (Harunobu, Picasso), pop art (anime, Ralph Steadman, Disney), as well as clip art, found art, sketchbooks and, of course, graffiti. I have absolutely no doubt that every kid involved learned a great deal about art.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Classroom Mural 2011, 10, 09

It's been quite a while since I last posted on this blog and in that time I've gathered some wonderful images. Hopefully this is the first of many to come. This piece is my third classroom mural and it actually comes from last semester. Once again this is a dry erase marker mural on a 4' by 16' whiteboard in my classroom. The drawing was created by my students using a variety of source materials including ideas from their sketchbooks, pop culture images, clip art, and direct observation. This is from a beginning art class and it always starts with my telling the class to "graffiti my white board". That assignment always ends up with a lot of scribble, bad drawing, and some inappropriate content; however, with a little direction the students feel more confident and they begin to incorporate the basic elements of design that we cover in class. By the end, everyone wants to contribute and everyone learns something.