Walter S Parker Middle
Reading, Massachusetts
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Artwork Projects - this school year (since July 2015)
 
AS6: Printmaking (9 artworks)
May 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students used linoleum cutting tools to create a design in a rubber based surface to make a print. They experimented wit ...
   
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Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked out the art room windows to observe the fall leaves. They chose one part of the surrounding landscape to ...
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students experimented with making their own drawing tools and paints. this project had them working on unusual backgroun ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
A parody is imitating of a piece of artwork (literary, visual, oral) by using some of it's characteristics, and changing ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students practiced making stamps and clay pockets out of clay, taking time to incise, press into and make reliefs on the ...
   
 
Davis: 6: Zentangle (82 artworks)
Aug 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Zentangles are a form of controlled doodling, intended to calm the mind by drawing repeating elements to fill a shape. Z ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students designed a still life, including where the light source would come from, then took a photo of their composition ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students practiced their value studies by drawing mannequins under bright lights. They experimented with a gray paper, l ...
   
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Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students went on a nature hike, bringing into the school leaves, acorns and other interesting looking items to make a mi ...
   
 
Dec 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students practiced the rules for one point perspective, created words with shadows using perspective, and illustrated th ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students used one or two point perspective to create a drawing of their choice showing depth and distance.
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Being creative can be learned. You can use words to brainstorm ideas, experiment with materials to be inspired or use vi ...
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students practiced making pinch pots, then created pinch pots using a Peruvian method of hammering the clay around a roc ...
   
 
Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Davis: 8: Foam Sculpture (17 artworks)
Apr 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked at the difference between additive sculpture and subtractive sculpture. They studied the work of Henry M ...
   
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Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked at background, middle ground and foreground in paintings and how the use of color effects both the land ...
   
 
Dec 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students experimented with scratchboard after using pen and ink. Scratchboard is the exact opposite of pen and ink as it ...
   
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Davis: AS6: Collage (12 artworks)
Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students worked with collage, combining a variety of different papers and media in order to portray a theme. What media ...
   
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Davis: AS6: Ink blowing (19 artworks)
Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students experimented with ink blowing, seeing how it thins out on the paper as the ink blows away from it's starting pl ...
   
 
Davis: AS6: Pen and Ink (11 artworks)
Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
How does ink work differently from paint? How is it similar or different to pencil? We experimented with hatching, cross ...
   
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Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students studied face proportions and practiced drawing individual facial parts. They took selfies and traced their outl ...
   
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Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Apr 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked at pictures of Rousseau and heard stories of his life. They choose images of plants to create a leaf or ...
   
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Dec 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Feb 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked at the difference between positive and negative space, and tried to draw only the negative space in orde ...
   
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Feb 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Learning to retrain the brain to see negative space, students covered their paper with pastels and erased the negative s ...
   
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Davis: AS7: Pen and Ink (21 artworks)
Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Dec 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Davis: AS7: Pothole Art (27 artworks)
Apr 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Davis: AS7: Rule of 3 (20 artworks)
Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Davis: AS7: Scratchboard (24 artworks)
Feb 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students need 4 projects for the term. They must design, plan, sketch, and execute their projects, and add an artist sta ...
   
 
Feb 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
We began the year with brainstorming techniques and multiple ways to gain ideas when blocked. Creativity is taking ideas ...
   
 
Davis: Free Art (18 artworks)
Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Feb 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked at Alexander Calder, an American sculptor that started working in wire. They made wire, free standing sc ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Inspired by the quotes on snapple lids, students made pictures based on part or the whole quotes on random lids. A creat ...
   
 
Dec 2015, taught by Diane Davis
students put their name into an app to find the fantasy version of their name, and info on some of the adventures their ...
   
 
Dec 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students imagined they lived 5,000 years ago, as cave artists, with no stores to buy art supplies. How do you make art? ...
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Nov 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
Students practiced the 5 parts of adding value to a curved surface with reflection, mid tone, core shadows, cast shadow ...
   
 
Davis:8: Ceramic Stones (26 artworks)
Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students learned how to roll slabs, make textures, work with a drape mold and put together two forms to make a hollow sh ...
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students worked on finding a word for their larger theme, then adding a descriptive word to it, then adding an action wo ...
   
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Nov 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Nov 2015, taught by Diane Davis
Students started with an observation drawing, working from live plants. From there, they added organic and geometric sha ...
   
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Feb 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Feb 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Jan 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Apr 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Davis:AS7: Painting (25 artworks)
Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Oct 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Nov 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Mar 2016, taught by Diane Davis
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Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students answered the question "If you were an animal, what would you be?" and then found a visual resource of their sub ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
These are colorful experiments that students created while learning about line quality and wax resist.
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
As part of a unit on medieval art, students created their own reliquaries out of clay. They needed to identify something ...
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
As an extra fun project, students designed new Google banner ads inspired by the online "Doodle 4 Google" contest.
   
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Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
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Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Independently designed projects from students in Grade 6 and 7 General Art classes.
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students learned a technique for contour drawing and practiced it by observing a complex animal line drawing. Emphasis w ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
After carefully observing their chosen "inner animal," students learned about the Principles of Design (balance/imbalanc ...
   
 
Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
After learning about the Art Elements, students were asked to create compositions about the theme of a tree, focusing on ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students invented mythical creatures that would help in solving problems, both world and personal, and would show their ...
   
 
Ropple: 6: Potato! (85 artworks)
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
As part of a unit on pencil rendering, students took time to observe a humble potato and draw it with dimensional form u ...
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students looked at the first images made by people and took visual notes about the cave drawings and sculptures they saw ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
After learning about drawing with two vanishing points, students designed a futuristic building. They focused on accurac ...
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students reviewed the art elements by creating inventing monsters and expressing them using at least three types of each ...
   
 
Feb 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students chose a special object to hold in their hand and observe, creating a drawing that showed both their hand and so ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students spent a period reviewing the contour drawing process and creating a page of hand studies in preparation for the ...
   
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Apr 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created small non-objective paintings based on an abstract concept as an introduction to painting.
   
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Feb 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students were asked to carefully observe a page from Michelangelo's sketchbook that depicted a human figure study for a ...
   
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Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Using the RADIAL SYMMETRY TOOL in the SUMOPAINT digital art program (free to use at Sumopaint.com) students created thei ...
   
 
Feb 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students demonstrated understanding of one point perspective by choosing a word to illustrate.
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Relief prints based on endangered animals. Students looked at the artwork of Andy Warhol and John James Audubon for insp ...
   
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Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
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Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
These cardboard mask collages show facial feature abstraction.
   
 
Feb 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created a hidden name experimenting with various pattern and different color schemes.
   
 
Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created their own imagined landscapes inspired by a place that they love, or a place of importance to them. Th ...
   
 
Feb 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
3D paper sculpture conveying an emotion.Students used the art elements, shape and line to create a 3D form that evokes o ...
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created pastel drawings about a dream, real or imagined, using curves and diagonals to create a feeling of unre ...
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created self portraits that show a visual likeness as well as information about a place or setting they enjoy. ...
   
 
Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
After creating an imaginative drawing using pastel, each student selected a photo of an owl to interpret using the same ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
students selected magazine pictures and developed original compositions around them.
   
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Apr 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
As part of a project mixing digital photography and fiber art, students learned how to creatively edit photos using Core ...
   
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Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Three-dimensional cross-contour sculpture that is based on a well known landscape painting. Students used the prompt of ...
   
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Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students identified and described a "journey" and represented it using maps as paper within their artwork.
   
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Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Some students experimented with digital art this term using Sumopaint.com.
   
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Ropple: AS7S1: Painting! (23 artworks)
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students explored painting on canvas by creating an original composition, and deciding how abstract or realistic their a ...
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Sketching shoes!
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students chose an image to observe and draw with pencil. They then developed five additional compositions based on the i ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Each student made a sketch of a figure that they wanted to use for a collage. We enlarged the designs and printed them o ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students experimented with drawing with black thread on white fabric using a variety of stitched marks.
   
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Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Art Studio 8 took advantage of beautiful weather on 10/8 to go outside and observe a tree in the schoolyard. Each artwo ...
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
independently designed art projects by students in Art Studio 8, Quarter 1.
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Independently designed and created projects by students in Art Studio 8.
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Independently designed and evaluated projects by Art Studio 8.
   
 
Apr 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Independently designed work by Art Studio 8 for Quarter 4.
   
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Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students worked on transforming discarded books into artwork by making Altered Books.
   
 
Feb 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
As a first project for the course, students chose a font they liked and made a letter design, filling it in with found p ...
   
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Feb 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students worked with juxtoposition -- selecting images from a variety of sources and combining them in new ways to expre ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Each of these pieces use the paper weaving process to juxtapose two or more found images and create a new expression.
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
These drawings are not finished masterpieces. They are practice drawings using blind, continuous line, and looking conto ...
   
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Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Free choice pieces based on meaningful subjects and techniques by the students in Drawing and Painting Elective
   
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Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students were given a textural object to observe and draw with an ebony pencil as a pre-project activity.
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
This project followed a series of color mixing and technique experiments. Students chose a season to illustrate using or ...
   
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Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
if you were a shoe, what would you be, and why? Students created a drawn composition that represented them through use ...
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Drawings from individual sketchbooks, peer shared every Day 1.
   
 
Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students used photographic visual resources to create a sampler of twelve textures. The focus was on adding value to dr ...
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Bringing together first quarter skills into an ebony pencil drawing of a small toy, creating form, texture, and accurate ...
   
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Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Crumpled paper drawings in pencil, and black and white studies of popcorn.
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
As a first project using the raster program Photopaint, students experimented with filters and effects to create a varie ...
   
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May 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Learning about the effects and adjustments that can be made using Corel Photopaint.
   
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Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students used the Artistic Media tools in CorelDraw X4 to create interesting landscape or seascape compositions.
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
These images are invented "hybrid" creatures. Making these images involved using the "Objects" manager and a variety of ...
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
This exhibit features digital artwork made in addition to class assignments. Enjoy!
   
 
Ropple: DA: Logo Design (21 artworks)
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students invented a company or product and created original logo designs to represent their ideas. They created a design ...
   
 
Apr 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Students were challenged to come up with an original logo that could be used for the Boston charity "Boston's Forgotten ...
   
 
Oct 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Create a collage of at least twelve text objects that express an idea that is not stated on the page. Use object propert ...
   
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Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
As a second project practicing image editing and layering, students created an image that was a self portrait through ch ...
   
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Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students learned basic CorelDraw functions by creating a graphic based on a specific theme or idea.
   
 
Nov 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Each student chose a painting, drawing, collage, or print that is considered a "masterpiece." Using Corel Draw and/or P ...
   
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Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Students selected an example of architecture that they found interesting and created it using CorelDrawX4. this involved ...
   
 
Mar 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
For extra credit, we played with Corel Draw to create original characters for an imagined video game.
   
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Ropple: DAS1: CD DESIGN (18 artworks)
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
Creating a musical CD design that could be printed and put in a jewel case!
   
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Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Sixth Graders began the year by creating three Artist Trading cards based on the following themes: an abstract design, " ...
   
 
Sep 2015, taught by Amy Ropple
Imagine, Observe, and Free Choice assignments. Created by students in Grades 6 and 7 General Art Classes.
   
 
Jan 2016, taught by Amy Ropple
We gathered objects from outside and pressed them into clay, creating relief designs. We then painted them with undergla ...
   
 
W (1 artwork)
Aug 2015, taught by Diane Davis
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Non-Exhibit Artwork (2 artworks)
Nov 2015
   
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Activity this school year (since July 2015)
6438 published artworks 300 comments
 
2721 artist statements 681 artist fans
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School Awards & Honors
  2014-2015 Leadership Award
Ranked #1 in Massachusetts (#30 in the nation) for overall participation among all schools
  2014-2015 Art Publishing Award
Ranked #1 in Massachusetts (#28 in the nation) for art published among all schools
  2014-2015 Fan Clubs Award
Ranked #8 in Massachusetts (#262 in the nation) for fan club signups among all schools
  2014-2015 Comments Award
Ranked #5 in Massachusetts (#119 in the nation) for comments posted among all schools
  2014-2015 Statements Award
Ranked #1 in Massachusetts (#9 in the nation) for artist statements collected among all schools
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Student Hall of Fame
Shown are five randomly-selected students who have entered the Hall of Fame this year.
 Laurel459
awarded on 4/28/2016
 Maria7269
awarded on 3/12/2016
 Claire6104
awarded on 4/7/2016
 Cameron11924
awarded on 1/14/2016
 Elizabeth13135
awarded on 11/13/2015
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Recent visitor comments ...
I love your style. -- Doug
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Wow--this is really cool. I can feel the stiffness in this person's arms--great drawing! One of my favorites ever of yours! -- Mom
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Ava- Love the detail and color. -- Dad
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Recent artist statements ...
I think this looks better without paint because the paint would make it look like too dark and make it look bad. Drawing is easier than painting because you don't need to deal with all the mess.
written by Sean8555
I made a shoe and a bucket and a pot. I used value to give the items life and make them look realistic. I used emphasis by putting lights and darks next to each other. I choose the first two things I saw, and I just wanted to get it done with. The best part about this picture is how the two figures stand out compared to the background. I could improve my shoe by shadowing it better.
written by Lucas6163
there is a pot that is pretty cool looking and I took a shell and leaned it against the pot and took a picture of that. I used value a lot because we were working with a light on the shell and the pot. I used contrast because whenever there was a really dark part there was a bright part right next to it. I choose these because they were both sort of round and I liked the cool texture (contrast) of the two items. The best part of this is how the shell looks like it is leaning against the pot. It looks pretty realistic because of the shadow. I could improve keeping it less smudgy and more percise so that I wouldn't accidentally fade out any of the actual things I was drawing.
written by Dan1212
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