Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Art Studio Outtakes

As Trimester One comes to a close, here are some outtakes from the fall:

Madeline - Independent Project - grade 8

Zion - Independent Project - grade 8

Esmeralda - Renaissance Project - grade 8

Cameron - China Art Project - grade 7

Chidi - Independent Project - grade 7

Michael E. - Mr. Knight's Cup - grade 8

Tyeesha - China Art Project - grade 7

Kianna - Renaissance Art Project - grade 8

Ariana M. - Independent Project - grade 7

Lacrinia - China Art Project - grade 7

Kaya - Independent Project - grade 8

Student Profile: Fatima M.

Fatima graduated last year, but we worked together on her college portfolio.  She is a skilled visual artist who contributed much to APR's Thespian Society.  She said I could share a few images: enjoy!

Welcome Back!

I am so happy to be back after a maternity leave for my first child.  Thank you to Patrick Foran, my substitute, for doing a great job in my absence.  He is now the visual art teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter School.

There is so much great stuff happening this year in the Art Studio!  The room is 50% larger for more creative projects.  Students love it!  Also, the 7th and 8th grade students get to choose between Art, Drama, and Dance for electives.  We had a wonderful Trimester 1 Electives Showcase to celebrate their efforts.  There is a lot of excitement for the 2014-2015 school year!

-Ms. Tetrault

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

6th grade Interdisciplinary Project: Honor Portrait

In 6th grade, students created a portrait to honor someone from history.
All were done without tracing.  We learned how to grid a photograph and add detail to the background.

Soka: Rosa Parks
Cameron B: Deon Sanders

Fhrynee: Elvis Presley

Alexis F: Bono

Keyshawn C: Rocky

7th grade Interdisciplinary Project: China Art Project

In this unit, we connected to History class, where students were learning about three major Chinese philosophies: Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism.

In Art, they created two visual stories about a two of three of these philosophies.

Practice Work: 


Lao-tzu (500 BCE) promoted the idea of Daoism.  This included the idea that people gain happiness by living in harmony with nature.


Confucius (551-479 BCE) promoted a just and peaceful society.  Cornerstones included respect for elders, proper behavior, and love of scholarship.


Han-fei-tzu (280 – 233 BCE) promoted strict laws.  Believed in enforcement with rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.

8th grade Interdisciplinary Project: Memoir Art Project

In ELA, students wrote memoirs about their lives.
In Art, they created visual memoirs.

Memoir: (n), an autobiographical narrative that tells about important aspects of the writer’s past. 

Life is about the journey, not the destination.  Where have you been?  This project is an opportunity to visually communicate important aspects from your life. 

Self-portrait: as many artists have discovered, the self-portrait offers a limitless opportunity to describe ones journey.  You will draw or paint a self-portrait with symbolic images surrounding you.

Friday, May 9, 2014

8th grade Independent Projects

8th grade was mostly interested in drawing for their Independent Projects.  Younger students often love clay and multi-media, while older students want to work on their technical drawing skills when given the choice. Check out their hard work!

Laury's visual commentary on mainstream standards of beauty
Laury's social commentary
Isabel's portrait of Tyga
Seamus' illustration of a favorite book
Hakeem - one of several in a shoe series

Isabella - detailed character drawing
Sherbie - mixed media selfies
Isabella - detailed character drawing
Isabella - detailed character drawing

7th grade Independent Projects

7th grade was also interested in embroidery and mixed media.

Brandon's cross-stitching started the needlepoint trend.
Tiffany's Marilyn Monroe embroidery - notice the filled-in red dress.

Ciearra's embroidery of a woman.
Iriana's  Puerto Rican Despicable Me
Samantha's drawing.