Art Explorations at Twinfield

Seventh & eighth graders choose from 5 different mini-courses, which meet 4 days/week for about 6 weeks. The Explorations block also includes PE and Music electives. All students are required to take 1 Art elective, and may choose to take a second Art elective if they interested. 

Art Electives for 2017-18:

Session 1- 3D Media:  Students made 3 different kinds of sculpture using familiar techniques plus some new ones: relief sculpture (using paper mache & mud-clay), free-standing sculpture (using pottery clay) and large-scale hanging mobiles (using wire, foamcore, or packing tape). Here are a few samples of  students' artwork.  Click here to see more photos.

Session 2- Collage, etc: Students learned a variety of paper-painting techniques, such as paste papers, marbling, and Itagime (Japanese folding & dip-dyeing) to create a portfolio of beautiful papers. They used these for collages, hand-made books, and mixed media art. They also had an opportunity for other unusual kinds of art, such as window-displays, and (by popular demand) a bit of clay sculpture.  Click here to see more photos.

Session 3- Print-Making: Students carved linoleum block prints, made their own t-shirt designs with screen-printing, and experimented with other print-making techniques such as hand-cut stencils, monotypes, and large-scale tangram prints.

See more print-making photos here.

Session 4- 2D Media:  For students who love to draw and paint, this wass a chance to work on their skills and experiment with different styles. They practiced traditional techniques such as hatching, value shading, and basic color theory, using a range of media including graphite, charcoal, pastels, and acrylics. The first project was large-scale masking tape murals, which are essentially line drawings.   See more tape mural photos here.


Session 5- Digital Photography & Digital Art:  Students will learn how to use light, contrast and composition to create interesting photographs and use editing apps like Photoshop Elements to alter images. Experimentation with GIFs and short animations is likely.