Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The ART of Self Expression

Untitled by Phyll (Grade 6-A)

(untitled by Phyll Migallos) One of my students painted this artwork during one of my lessons on Modern art. He never got the technique that I wanted to be emphasized on the artwork. In fact, this picture is way way off the topic that it made me think twice on whether I should let him do it again or not. However, as I examined the artwork, it reminded me of nothing else but the student himself. The artwork was an expression of who he is on the inside- that fun loving, creative, self-expressive teenager who usually blends in with the back ground. As I was looking at the picture, I remembered what I forgot. Art is not about techniques or concepts. Art was about self-expression on a deeper sense.

Abstract Painting Project

For the major project of my sixth graders this term, I asked them to make an abstract rendition of Sandro Botticelli's Madonna and Child and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The project was called Renaissance to Modern Art. I gave them a really short introduction about Pablo Picasso's works. I guess looking at Picasso's masterpieces gave them an inspiration because their artworks turned out really good. The students needed to paint the artwork on an 12x16 canvas using either tempera or acrylic paint.

Here are some of their artworks:

Madonna and Child by Carmel Baulita (Grade 6-B)

Madonna and Child by Marga Ebrada (Grade 6-B)

Abstract Mona Lisa by Mina Heo (Grade 6-A)

Abstract Mona Lisa by Niqui Belen (Grade 6-A)