The annual “Coupons for Classrooms” fundraiser kick-off is Monday, January 30th. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Oak Mountain Middle School Arts Council. From here, the Arts Council provides funding for Art, Music, Drama, and more.
This year the Council has decided to up the ante on us and is offering an incentive to sell the books. They are having a friendly competition between those they support and who ever sells the most books will receive an additional $1000 in funding. This would truly help out in our desire to purchase a high-fire kiln for the art room.
If you have a student enrolled in art, formerly enrolled in art or who simply loves art, please help us reach our goal and sell the most books.
If you have any questions or would like more information on the coupon book sale please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your help and support.
So with the changing of the calendar year brings a changing of the art classes here at OMMS. I have enjoyed meeting all of my new students that will be with me for the next few weeks. It is also nice to see my “former” students in and around the school as well. We are starting our time off together with a project I always like with new students. We are taking our name, drawing it using block/bubble letters, and then creating a design around our names to fill the page. This is a good starting point for the students so that they are able to work independently, they can showcase their talents and they can get acclimated to the art room and rules. This project helps me tremendously in that I am able to “break the ice” by helping in any way needed and at the same time learn all of my student’s names. I look forward to an exciting time with all of my students and will keep you updated as I can. Happy 2017 to you all.
My 8th graders are going to be working on a project which requires the use of brown paper grocery bags. If you have any extra just hanging around, please send them in and we would greatly appreciate it.
Happy Monday to you all!
No it is not a suggestion for students in the art room, it is however the focus of our ongoing project with 7th grade. Still-life painting is a staple in the repertoire of every young art student. It is in these paintings that we are given the chance to look at shading, line, movement and space conveyed in our art works. This project began with a look into van Gogh’s sunflowers and how he utilized shape, form and line to create a cohesive work of art. Through our knowledge of forms, students began with an empty vase on a table and transformed it into an explosion of lines, shapes and colors. Overlapping and size difference were emphasized to convey to the viewer a sense of space in these works. Tempera paint provided us the medium in which we were able to fully show to the viewer that flowers were not simply round, simple circles with bumpy petals, but were much more: organic flowing shapes with details such as leaves and stems, stamen and color variation. By far, one of the most talented and successful bunch I have seen.
Today we looked into the life and works of Vincent van Gogh. Students read aloud a brief bio of van Gogh’s life and we discussed how tragic his story truly is. Troubled throughout his life by depression, loneliness, poverty and dispair, van Gogh found his safe place and solitude through his expressive lines, dramatic colors and beautiful scenes from his everyday life. Through looking at his works, the students drew comparisons and contrasts between the landscapes of Arles and the photographs of Yosemite taken by Ansel Adams. Discussed were the grand mountains, trees, hills and rolling hills present in both works. Students will begin creating a simplified landscape based on Adams’ works and utilize the line, movement and color found in the works of van Gogh. Oil pastels will lend their rich and vibrant colors to our finished works in order to find and reveal how well these two differing styles blend as one.
We welcome Ms. Kayla Gough to the art room here at OMMS. Ms. Gough is a student intern from the University of Montevallo. She will join us on Tuesdays from now until October 22nd and will be observing and helping out on her way to her Master’s degree in Education. She presented our 7th graders with an introduction to the art and life of artist Keith Harring. Ms. Gough began this project with a virtual tour of the life and works of Harring, explaining along the way how his use of symbolism, simple lines/shapes, and quick outlined works were meant to convey his ideas to many people in a very understandable and universal way. We look forward to seeing how these works are integrated into the student’s works very soon.
It’s all in the way you look at it… Linear perspective is popping out of our 7th grade art works. Students were introduced to this lesson through looking at how simple art elements come together to make wonderful new creations. Line turns into shape; Shapes turn into forms; Forms create the illusion of 3-D space on a 2-D surface. I think they are “coming out” very successfully.
Our 8th graders here at OMMS have been looking and learning about Pablo Picasso. We looked at his background in Visual Arts to see how his formal training turned into a very “informal” method of creating art. His ideas on Cubism, Fragmentation, and influence from African Tribal Masks have been incorporated into our own works of art. Our “Picasso Portraits” are being created in his style but still remain works of our own. I believe that what Picasso said almost 100 years ago still holds true today: “Every child is an artist.”