by Ashton Graves
The art classes of Mrs. Robin Dirks have undergone some new projects.
Mrs. Dirks’s Art 1 class has started studying different drawing techniques including stippling, shading, and foreshortening. They have worked with pencil, charcoal, pastels, and ink. They will start figure drawing, portraits, color theory, and painting.
The drawing class has drawn still life composition and abstract one point perspective. They have experimented with pencil, charcoal and ink.
The pottery class has worked on the potter’s wheel and with hand-built techniques. They have created slab cylinders with textural designs, a set of pottery items, coil pottery, bird houses, and a vessel with other materials added to it after the firing.
In the independent art class, students choose their own projects they want to create. They began the course with an assignment to which they had to add newspaper.
“It’s a busy class with lots of different techniques and ideas being experimented with,” said Mrs. Dirks.
The eighth grade exploratory art is learning and experiencing many techniques and work with a wide variety of materials. They create drawings, paintings, calligraphy, and pottery.