Ka’apeha Academy: Middle School

The final unit for the academy was a combination of font, composition, color/value to create a poster that defines them!  Learners found a quote that best expressed who they are at this moment in time or their journey.  A range of materials were available for use and learners were able to pick the medium of their choice.

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As the continuation of the Observational Drawing focus, Middle Schoolers focused on Color Theory in painting.  They were to explore basic understanding of color from primary, secondary colors through more complex understanding of how to mix shades, tints for use in monochromatic schemes, and neutrals using  complementary colors and how to identify analogous colors.  In order to focus on color theory, we used Abstraction to remove the focus from realistic details of an object though we used photographs for the shapes and color fields.  Learners used a small 1 inch viewfinder to focus on a part of a whole to enlarge the image into a square painting.

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Middle Schoolers participated in the local Art Poster Design to celebrate Memorial Day and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is a national cemetery located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The contest was organized by the Department of Education the Theme was “Sew A Lei for Memorial Day.”

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In a unit exploring value, shading and observational drawing; the middle schoolers started with a basic gradation scale (or 2). Once they could create a variety of values using shading, hatching or cross-hatching, they began drawing objects of interest to them.  In order to spend 2 class periods on the drawing, the learners were asked to bring in an object from home, something they liked, represented themselves or just was interesting.

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Unit 2, the grades 6-8 are exploring three dimensions using the concept of movement through shape and repetition.  Learners looked at the work of Calder and other sculpture artists for inspiration.  Each class has been given different materials, but similar instructions and the same rubric: 1 group has wire and tissue paper, 1 group has toothpicks (75/student) and the last group is using toilet paper and paper towel tubes…

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Here are some sculptures using recycled toilet tubes.

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In Middle School, a fun first project is always a representational self portrait, use their name as a center or starting point and include details that describe who they are in a drawing.  For an interesting twist, we went to the roof top gym to draw the skyline of the city from the new location to include in their final piece; My Honolulu.

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