Throughout the year my students have learned about the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. They have done projects focusing on the individual elements and principles. My students have also learned the different theories for art criticism. It was interesting to see the reactions of these high school students.
Writing a positive comment was not that difficult for most students. But when it came to making a suggestion some students were confused. I was asked over and over if they were supposed to say what was wrong with the work. I kept clarifying that I wanted them to write a comment giving the artist a suggestion of what they could have done to make the art work better. They were told not to make a negative comment such as “I don’t like…….” After the students wrote their comments then they were allowed to make the decision about award winners.
5 – 8 years old:
Maggie, you have great style. I really like the mixture and variety of color in the clouds. I love the realism and shading. I get the feeling of a storm approaching but I also sense a peacefulness.
Comments: Using all the different techniques is very creative. Good color choices. The placement of the butterflies gives a sense of space. The work is unique and gives an abstract feeling. I enjoy all the textures. I see something different each time I look. Great job!
Comments: What a unique subject! I really enjoy the different colors reflected in the bubbles. The design is more interesting since you made each bubble a different size.
Comments: Good use of color. Like the way you blended the colors and did not make the tornado all the same. It looks real, have you been in a tornado? When I look at your tornado it makes me think of how I feel when I get angry. Great use of the whole page.
People’s Choice was voted on by you the viewers. I was surprised when the deadline for voting came and there was a tie. So for the May 2011 show we will have two People’s Choice awards.
Congratulations to Maggie for her pastel titled The Sailboat and to Tyler for his watercolor crayon drawing of High Sky Dragon! You both did a great job!
I want to take this time to thank everyone for entering the Art For Homeschool Art Show. I hope this online show is an encouraging and educational experience for you. If you won an award, you will receive an email from me asking for your physical address so your award can be mailed to you. If you did not win an award, remember that this is just one art show. Please continue to nurture that artist within.
***Note: I have had grief posting this article. I am not sure what the problem is with my version of WordPress. I apologize if the format is a little crazy.