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Expression Paintings

After learning about Kandinsky's emotional and improvisational paintings, my middle school students create their own works of abstraction. This is their first project of the year and they learn a lot about the art elements in order to make a successful composition.

This project has evolved over the years which keeps it fresh and fun. The first year teaching this lesson, the composition was all about the textures, colors, and shapes contained in squares. Then classes experimented with cutting their paintings into interlocking shapes and this year made backgrounds more active with white/metallic colored pencils. The students learn a lot from manipulating their painting. Experimentation is extremely important to develop creative thinking and this sets the tone for the whole year.

Please click on the image gallery below to see how the Expression Paintings have changed over the years.
Topic(s): acrylic painting mixed media 2011 middle school lessons
By Heather on November 15, 2011 at 1:20pm EST Add Comment


Pure Joy

I love working spontaneously. I didn't have an exact plan when creating this piece and I'm pleased with the outcome. It's made out of a scrap of cardboard, acrylic paint, and colored pencils. The abstract shapes reminded me of something my puppy would investigate and zoom around so I wanted to include her. I like to combine representation with abstraction. Her happy swirling trail reminds me of all the fun we have running around the many trees in our yard. Pure joy!
Topic(s): acrylic painting mixed media 2011 colored pencil cardboard puppy
By Heather on November 14, 2011 at 1:47pm EST Add Comment


Rochester-Finger Lakes Regional Exhibition
"Home" is at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Regional Exhibition at the Rochester Institute of Technology's Bevier Gallery. I made parts of this piece in the summer of 2010 and completed it this winter. It's a lovely reminder of what's on the way!

Two of my Middle School students from McQuaid Jesuit have artwork up as well. It's a wonderful Exhibition that showcases both students and their teachers.

From Friday, February 4, 2011 until Sunday, February 27, 2011.
Topic(s): 2011 computer art exhibtion
By Heather on February 6, 2011 at 6:20pm EST Add Comment
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