A Great Spring Semester

I had the pleasure of working with some dedicated students (at three different schools) this semester and I thought that I would share some of the projects that they completed.

Charcoal on Paper
This was drawn by a Drawing 1 student, from a still life set up in the classroom.
This project was an autobiographical still life. Students were asked to choose thematic objects that could tell a story about their life.
Another autobiographical still life. This one is white charcoal on toned paper.
Here is one last, autobiographical still life.

For the project below, the students were asked to depict an interior space that they see on a daily basis, using linear perspective. The students were also asked to include thematic elements that told a narrative of how the space functioned for them.

Graphite on paper. What narrative do you see in this drawing?
Here is another “interior with a narrative” drawing, using graphite on paper.

For the final project, Drawing 1 students were asked to create a self portrait using the grid method. After transferring their image, the students were to include additional elements in the background/negative space to enhance the drawing.

This student placed herself in another space. What additional elements do you see in the drawing?
Charcoal on paper. Here the student experimented with simulated texture, creating a “crinkled paper” look in the background, that occasionally merges with the portrait.
Mixed Media, graphite and colored pencil on paper. Can you see the additional elements added in her hair?
Graphite on Paper. This student incorporated a poem that he had written himself, adding a personal element to the drawing.
Graphite on Paper. What theme do you see here?
Graphite on Paper.
Graphite on paper.

The Drawing 2 students were given a project inspired by artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They were asked to choose an interesting object and wrap it in some type of material for working in class. After the students created the graphite drawing, they revealed the object underneath, to the class.

Graphite on Paper.
Graphite on paper.

The image below is a drawing from the “Trois Crayon” project. The trois crayon method was a method used by artists of the Renaissance, in which they would draw with red, black and white calk on toned paper.

Red, Black and White Charcoal on toned paper.

The Drawing 2 final project was to choose a “master work” by a master artist and re-make the work in soft pastel, adding contemporary elements. See if you can note the master works chosen and the changes added. 😉

Soft Pastel on Paper
Soft pastel on paper
Soft Pastel on Paper

I also taught an Art Education, 2D Experiences class this semester. The image below, is the Cultural Heritage project. I asked students to research their cultural heritage by interviewing family members. The students then had to choose an important figure (grandparent, parent etc) and include text, symbols, colors and/or images in their work of art, that told a story about that person.

The first step was to create an ink wash drawing of the portrait, in grayscale. The second step was to match the ink values to the corresponding value of the images, symbols and photos chosen.

Ink Wash and Collage
Collage on Board
Ink and Collage on Paper

Another project was the “Comic Strip.” Students were to choose a current issue discussed in the news and create a 6-10 panel comic strip illustrating that issue. They had to design a main character and supporting characters for the comic strip.

Marker on Paper
Ink and Marker on Paper
Ink and Marker on Paper

For the 2D Experiences final project, they also had to remake a master work however these students were allowed to choose the medium appropriate for what they wanted to do. The dimensions of the original work were also to be considered when creating the final product.

The student below, wanted to stay true to the format of the original work so she created a square composition for her mixed media work. The figures are wearing geometric designs as tattoos, rather than clothing. This idea was appropriate for Richmond, VA, one of the most tattooed cities in the U.S.

Mixed Media on paper. Master Work, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss 1907-1908

The following student, was inspired by a Mark Rothko color field painting and the new “yarn bombing” trend that is popular in Richmond’s downtown art district.

Here’s a little more information about yarn bombing,

On city street corners, around telephone posts, through barbed wire fences, and over abandoned cars, a quiet revolution is brewing. “Knit graffiti” is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then “donate” them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination.” To read more visit http://yarnbombing.com/yarn-bombing-the-book

Yarn Installation, Inspired by Mark Rothko
Yarn Installation
Yarn creation, in the classroom.

The student below chose the color theory work by Wassily Kandinsky, titled Circles and Squares. As her remake, she made edible, homemade glazes and even layered different colored batter into the cupcakes. The final step was an interactive process in which fellow students were asked to try the cupcakes, explaining the different flavors discovered. This work covered several senses.

Cupcakes, Homemade frosting glaze, dye.
Cupcake with Circles
Cupcake, dye, flavored glazes.

Published by Lisa Johnston Hancock

I'm a visual artist, illustrator & art educator, finding a balance between freelance work and playdates.

8 thoughts on “A Great Spring Semester

  1. Loved this Lisa. I really liked looking at all the different perspectives. You have some very talented students.

    1. We were probably the best students ever. So, it was a good thing that we had an outstanding and inspiring Professor.

  2. Such a diverse collection of work:) I know your students loved your classes! It’s evident in what they produced:)))) Congrats! You’ve definitely arrived as “Professora Excelante”!

      1. Makes you feel good doesn’t it? 🙂 makes up for the few sluggards;)

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