• CTE Art Facebook Page

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 4/16/2018 11:00:00 AM

    To see current Art being created by our CTE Middle School students, please check out our Facebook page.

    CTE Art on Facebook

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  • Having studied the work of James Audubon, the 6th grades made their own colored pencil drawings from photos of birds. Then they created whimsical bird sculptures using paper mache.
  • Want to read the classroom update letters? Scroll down the individual updates for more information and student work.

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 1/31/2017
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  • Moving In

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 2/23/2016

    Tuesday an excited group of 6th graders gathered up our art projects and supplies and we moved into out new art room. It’s not quite unpacked and organized yet, but everyone is happy to start settling in.

     

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  • New Art Room

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 2/10/2016

    We're getting closer, almost there. The new room is starting to look really good. A lot bigger on the inside the would be expected from seeing the front. It will be wonderful to be back in our own space for art.

     

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  • Figure Sculpture

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 2/10/2016

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    In an exercise learning correct human proportion, the students sculpted wire figures in action poses. The kids tried to show movement through the use of strong diagonal and curving lines. They began by creating a wire armature, and then built up the figure’s form. When completed, all the figures will be combined to create a fun climbing installation. We looked at the work of George Segal and Chris Mason among others for this project.

     

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    As this stage, while the paint dried, the the kids decided it looked rather like a zombie grave yard!

     

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  • Landscape Drawings

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 12/17/2015

    The students made some beautiful chalk pastel drawings this week. We are so lucky to have such lovely views from our campus.

     

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  • Views from the school

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 12/11/2015

    We are concluding our unit on landscape and color, with a landscape drawing. Art students spent this week drawing outside views around the school. It’s starting to get a little chilly, but the kids have been great, with few complaints.

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  • Artist Visit - Giselle Gatreau

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 12/3/2015

     We had a great visit from local artist Giselle Gautreau. Ms. Gautreau brought a number of her own landscape paintings, and gave the students a wonderful demonstration of how she creates a composition, color value, color mixing, working with oil paint and glazing.

    http://gisellegautreau.com/oil-paintings/

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  • Tree Study

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 12/4/2015

    With their new confidence with working in color, the class went outdoors to draw trees directly from nature. The weather has been holding out, so students could be outside and tried to really see the details in color, texture, form and negative spaces.

     

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  • Portraits

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 9/25/2015

     

    The students did excellent work observing the values in their photographs, and turned their photos into wonderful charcoal drawings. It was difficult for some of the students at times, but they persevered to produce these great artworks.

     

     

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  • Tonal study

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 9/23/2015

    The students are adding shading to their drawings using charcoal to show form. The emphasis is on using values of gray for highlights, mid-tone and low lights.

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  • Using a grid to scale

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 9/22/2015

    The class analyzed their photos, and attempted to simplify the image into shapes describing the tonal values. Then, using a grid to help with the scale, the students enlarged their pictures and drew them on to newsprint.

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  • Photo Portrait

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 9/16/2015 7:00:00 AM

     

    Migrant mother By Dorothea lange

    Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange

    Having studied the portrait of the migrant mother, Florence, by Dorothea Lange, we have been discussing the attributes of a strong emotional portrait, and the power of a photo to document a social issue. The students have had fun creating their own black and white photos to illustrate dramatic scenes from books they have enjoyed.

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  • Apple Study - Tone and color value

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 11/20/2015

    Introducing students to describing form in color, students created a color study of an apple with chalk pastels and colored pencils, using warm and cool, analogous colors. Emphasis was on observing and drawing details and showing irregularities, rather then drawing a symbol of an apple.

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  • Watercolor Landscapes

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 11/14/2015

    Continuing our study of George Caleb Bingham's Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, students painted with watercolors to show reflections.

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  • Atmsopheric/Aerial Perspective

    Posted by Helen O'Dea on 12/1/2015

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    In class we have been anayizing George Caleb Bingham's “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” among other paintings, as well as photos of our mountain landscape. We looked at the effect of atmosphere on color, and how could we use this information to imply depth on a 2 Dimensional surface. Impurities in the air, water vapor, dust particles act as a screen to obstruct our vision. The more space, the more impurities. Color appears faded. Students created a monochromatic perspective collage, using tints, tones and shades of one color.

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Wire Portraits, drawing in space

  • Switching things up a little, we went from drawing the head, a 3D form, with values on a 2D surface, to using line to describe the form in space. This was tricky, as the students had to think in a completely different way, while learning new skills in manipulating wire.  This proved to be an unpredictable and fun project.