Student Gallery

Visit the Art Insight Student Gallery on Flickr to see your work and what other classes are doing.  Here is a list of class projects.   Every few weeks, a new batch of work is completed so please take time to look back through what students have been doing all year.  The new projects will be added to the top, so scroll down to see earlier projects. Click on the picture to see an album of all the students’ work.  They’re very talented!

MarthaAnneHonors Portfolio Art – The Heart of the Matter

Students were invited to use any media of their choice to depict an anatomical heart.  Click on this heart to see all of works.

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Ceramics – Final Projects of Student Choice

Students are designing two final projects that use a skill they want to master.  Keep checking back, we’ll be adding things to this gallery until the end of the school year.  Click on the Polaroid Camera to see all the creative things students are making.

MollyIntroduction to Art – Dreamscape paintings

Students looked at the work of Marc Chagall and then made lists of things from their own histories that were combined in these Dreamscape paintings.  Click on the example here to see all of the paintings made by these talented student artists taking this short introductory class.

Ceramics – Coiled Construction VesselsJayla

Students visited the VMFA to see pottery from the Americas. They looked at both form and symbolic imagery to inspire these vessels.  Click on the vessel to the left to see all of the students work.

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Intro to Art – Breaking Out of Your Box

The class worked in collaboration with one of the creative writing classes on this project. Student poets gave us poems they had written on the theme of immigration and the student artists created sculptures that interpreted the poems. Everyone used a white cardboard pencil box as their starting point and explored how to use tools and materials in the art room to create something unique.  Click on the example to see all of the students’ work.

Intro to Art – A Colorful Start

The new Intro class combined two great beginnings. Color Theory…one of the first things artists learn.  And breakfast…one of the first things artists eat!  What could be better. They worked in oil pastel.  Click on the toast to here to see what everyone else is having for breakfast.

Honors Portfolio Art – Where I See FashionChristinaComposite

Following the example of some other artists we’ve seen on the web, these students found works of art at the VMFA that they found interesting and then used the aesthetics of those works to inspire fashion design sketches.  The picked their favorite sketch to complete in a more developed design, using color and style to refer to the original works of art.

Click on this example to visit the gallery where all of their work is displayed.

Ceramics, Semester 2 – Lidded VesselsJulianna

Students designed a variety of functional and decorative vessels with lids.  Click on the photo here to see all of their designs.

Ceramics, Semester 2 – Nested Plates or BowlsEmily.jpg

Students experimented with a variety of hand-building techniques, calculating relative proportions in a set of nesting vessels. They used nature as an inspiration for physical forms and visual language, expressing their own personal style making their project uniquely different in keeping with their artistic voice.  Click on the picture to see their sets of nested bowls and plates.

Painting – Semester 2 Bridget D.

We have a tiny but talented painting class this semester.  I will be posting all their work to this one gallery, rather than separate albums for different assignments.  Click on this picture to see their work and check back every few weeks for additional paintings.


Graphic Design – Design for Good Project

11 x 17 shirt mock upsStudents meet with representatives from four different non-profit organizations in the community and design a variety of products based on the needs of their clients.  The designs and files are presented to the organizations for their use at the end of the project.  Click on this layout to see the various products students designed for four different organizations.

Graphic Design – Self Portrait ProjectHastings_Sarah_Portrait Project

Students learned to create sheets of textures and then patched them together, blending them with artistic filters to create these expressive self portraits.  Click on the picture to see the other portraits

Ceramics – Hollow-form Animal Sculptures

Students created these animal sculptures using a combination of hollow forms. They added sgraffito textures to the surface to create the illusion of fur, wrinkles, etc.  Click on this animal to see the complete menagerie of creatures created.

Honors Portfolio Art – Scratching the SurfaceEmily.jpg

Students are exploring printmaking techniques like making collographs, incising intaglio plates, and carving lino cuts.  They were inspired by researching the traditional arts of cultures other than their own and made designs based on these international influences. Click on this print to see others they made.

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Painting – Get Real

In this assignment, students worked to describe objects in such a way that the three-dimensional forms looked realistic.  Click on the picture to see all of their works.

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The Humble Cup

You learn by doing, and this is our first chance to get our hands dirty with clay! Students used pinching techniques to make cups and then decorated them using sgraffito techniques.  Click on the picture to visit a gallery showing all of their cups.

vcic_stickerGraphic Design – 2nd Quarter Class / Design for Good Projects

Each Graphic Design Class takes on the challenge of designing for community groups who are addressing issues our students consider important.

They being by meeting with representatives of their client organization to discuss  the project’s purpose and analyze the audience.  Then students gather possible content, and determine what content to present to the audience and how.  They work to produce a set of products that are informative, relevant, and effective. The students present their design to their clients for feedback.  Once approved, they share their printed prototypes and design files with the client.  Many of the clients  use these student designs in their publications and promotional programs. Click on the example to see works from our 2nd quarter Graphic Design Class.

catherineHonors – Abstract Ecologies

Over the summer, students were asked to make multiple realistic sketches of a single organic object they found in a natural setting.  They pulled out these realistic drawings and looked at ways to abstract or simplify the images to create new interpretations.  Click on the picture to see their work.

Ceramics – Final Projects

Each ceramic student designs two different works for the final projects.  They build on skills they’ve learned during the semester and chose something they want to explore for their last two projects.  Click on the picture to see their work.

Drawing – Self Portraitsalex

Each student came up with a phrase that used the word “after”…. aftermath….after the storm….it’s after me….you get the idea.  Then they used that phrase as the basis of a self-portrait.  Click on the picture to see a gallery of their portraits and see if you can guess what phrase each of these young artists may have been using.

tanyiCeramics – Coiled Vessels

Artists have been using the coiling technique about as long as they’ve known how to use clay.  Sometimes the coils are blended together and the pottery is left with a smooth finish, but in this set of works, the coils were used as decorative line work. Click on the photo to see what the students made.

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Honors – Concentration series

Each student in the Honors class is working on a 4-6 part series of related works tat will show at the end of the school year.   Click on the picture to see a sampling of what they are up do.  Check back often as this group produces new work for this gallery every few weeks.

Jackie DCeramics, Semester 1 – Lidded Vessels

Students designed vessels with fitted lids in the style of their choice. Click on the ice cream sundae to see the other great designs this group of girls came up with!

pallocca_imaginarylandscape-1Graphic Design – Imaginary Landscapes.

Students were asked to create an imaginary landscape that uses a surrealistic juxtaposition of scale and an interesting combination of nature and at least one man-made object.  Click on the picture to see where their imaginations took them in this assignment!

natalya-eDrawing – Illustrations of Our Neighborhood

After an introduction to linear perspective, students took a walk around the neighborhood, photographing scenes representative of one or two point perspective.  They used these are reference to create pen and ink drawings of our community.  They had the option of adding watercolor washes to their drawings.  Click on this example to see all of the student drawings.

grace-gIntro to Art – Ceramic Vases

The Intro students wanted to try their hand at ceramics, so we created these geometric vases.  They were asked to create something that had asymmetrical balance, used one of five kinds of color schemes we had studied (monochromatic, complimentary, split complimentary, analogous or triadic), and to decorate them using sgrafitto techniques to scratch through their underglaze to reveal the color of the clay below.  Click on the example to see all of their wonderful vases!


Intro to Art – Paintingscaroline-g

After visiting with Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, a local plein air painter, these students used Google Street View to explore locations they’d like to visit.  The composed a screen shot of the place and then used that photo as a reference for these paintings which were made with oil paint on canvas.  For many, this was their first time painting.  They can all be proud of these works!  Click on the image to see all of their work.

jackie-dCeramics – Imaginary Seed Pods

Students created hollow-form sculptures inspired by nature in the form of seed pods for imaginary plants.  Our focus was on combining pinch pot forms, using color expressively, and using our imaginations.  Click on the example to see more of these interesting pods. Just think of the lovely plants that might spring from these seed pods!

img_3257Honors Art – Media Experiments

Students were assigned to small groups and challenged to research and experiment with materials and techniques they were unfamiliar with.  They all created a work of similar size based on an Andy Warhol print, reinterpreting that composition in their new material.  These collaborative works will hang as a set in the building with an explanation of the materials they were experimenting with: encaustic painting, wire art, intaglio printmaking, textiles, batik and Google draw.  Click on this piece to see the others.

ainsley-cCeramics – Stenciled Platters

Students learned to use a slump mold to make a platter and then used stencils to layer under glazes to create their surface designs. Click on the platter shown to see all of their works.

kelly_mcgDrawing – Still life Drawings

Students focused on using value to create the illusion of three-dimensional form and creating an arrangement of their objects that communicated spatial depth in their composition.

Click on the example to see an album of all their drawings.

20160925_124429croppedHonors Portfolio Art – Collaborative Gallery Installation

9th grade theology students read the book, Seedfolks, which tells the story of a community coming together to make a garden. Each of our Freshmen designed a seed pack for something they would like to grow this year…hope, patience, kindness, happiness, silliness, etc. They wrote planting instructions to go with the packets…many of them are very touching and exemplify the depth of these girls’ character. The honors class was commissioned to create a centerpiece for the exhibition along the same theme of coming together to grow something beautiful. Their combined efforts have created a beautiful garden in the gallery.  Click on the picture of the garden tree to see more of this installation in the gallery.

Intro to Art – Drawingsemma_l

Several classes started the year with a look at forms in nature.  The Intro to Art students accepted the challenge of creating contour drawings of pine cones. Their goal was to create the illusion of three-dimensional form using only line as a tool. Click on this picture to see all of their drawings.

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Ceramics, Semester 1
The Humble Cup

You learn by doing, and this is our first chance to get our hands dirty with clay! Students used pinching techniques to make cups and then decorated them using sgraffito techniques.  Click on the picture to visit a gallery showing all of their cups.

Works from 2015-16 on Picasa (This service is no longer being supported and we have moved to Flickr, but these albums will be visible for some time.)

Intro to Art – Botanical Prints

Ah-h-h!  It’s the last week of school and the sun has finally come out after a long stretch of stormy weather.  It seemed a great time to bring a little nature into the classroom with these mono prints made by the Intro to Art students.  Using natural elements they each created a set of three collographic mono prints.  Click on the picture to see their sets of prints.

IMG_2282Honors – Amalgamated Art

In this project, students selected three artists from different centuries who they thought had something in common. They took influences from each of these artists styles, techniques, and materials to create an original work of art that would continue the visual conversation.  Click on the picture to see all of their work.

Victoria M_Choice 1Painting, Spring Semester – Student Choice Projects
After three preliminary projects that teach the basics of composition, color mixing, and painting techniques, student select from a list of possible projects. These paintings reflect individual interests in developing specific skills or exploring specific concepts in art.  Click on the painting to the left to see the other student choice projects.

Ceramics – Final projects, student choice

Nicole VFor their last projects, students were invited to design a work that used the skills they either thought were their strongest, or to challenge themselves to improve on something they had tried earlier in the semester.  These projects are coming out of the kiln daily, so check back often.  Click on the picture to see what each of them are doing.

Intro to Art – Self Portrait MasksPhoebe N.

Is identity how we see ourselves, or how others see us? Is identity what we are or what we would like to be? Do we form our own identity, or do others form it for us? Can identity be changed? Why is it important to express identity? How would you express or conceal your identity? Click on this picture to see how these students interpreted their identities in sculptural masks.

Peyton PascoeCeramics – Nested Plates or Bowls

Students experimented with a variety of handbuilding techniques, calculating relative proportions in a set of nesting vessels. They used nature as an inspiration for physical forms and visual language, expressing their own personal style making their project uniquely different in keeping with their artistic voice.  Click on the picture to see their sets of nested bowls and plates.

Maddy ACeramics – Hollow Form Animal Sculptures

Students learned to accurately judge proportions in the design of a sculpture depicting an animal.  They learned to combine pinch pot and slab forms to create these sculptures and then experimented with alternative decorative finishes using sgraffito techniques on underglaze and various glaze applications.  Click on the picture to see all of the animals in our collection.

GraceIntro To Art – Speaking IN Color…Non-Objective Art

What is non-objective art?  Students explored examples of realism, representational art, non-objective art, and abstract art, learning that abstraction was a form of simplification and focus.  Working from isolated portions of photographs or representational illustrations, they created these little jewels of abstraction using color pencil on paper.  Click on this example to see all of their work.

Ceramics – Lidded VesselsDana D

Students had a lot of choice for what they wanted to do with this project.  Their only requirement was to make a lidded form but they were encouraged to explore lots of ideas before finalizing their design.  Click on the picture to see how each student tackled the challenge.

Painting and Honors Classes – Memory Project

Students in both the painting classes and the Honors class worked on these portraits of children living in Peru. The original works of art will be sent to the children overseas as a gift, helping them create good childhood memories and forging a bond with American art students.  Click on the picture to see all of the portraits.  To learn more about the Memory Project, visit their webpage.

Intro to Art – TAG Teams

TAG stands for The Art Game, an activity this class used to put into practice what they had learned about color, contrast, scale and composition. Based on chance, drawing various cards from a deck tells the student artist whether to draw, paint or collage. A roll of the dice determines the color they will use, although they must mix it, deciding how light or dark to make it. And another card tells them the general shape they are invited to make. The students work together in teams to create a non-representational design that is both balanced and engaging.  They were working on two canvases that were 24″ x 48″ and had only one class to complete their mixed media works.  In a second class, they critiqued what they had done and decided if anything needed to be changed.  These large scale works will hang in the faculty lunch room.

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Ceramics – Coiled Vessels

Students visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to study their collection of pottery from the Americas. After making notes on the forms and the symbolic motifs that decorate the pots, students referred to these same expressions of style in the coiled pots they created.  Click on the vessel to the left to see everyone’s projects.

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Painting – Color Considerations

Painting students looked for ways to use tints and shades of complimentary hues in a painting that focused on the ways that colors influence each other in a painting. Some tried their hand at techniques used by artists such as the pointillist painters like Georges-Pierre Seurat or pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Others learned to use watercolor for these works.  Click on the picture to the right to see all of their works.

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Ceramics – Surrealist Sculptural Plates

Surrealism was one of the most important and subversive movements of the 20th century. The movement flourished in the 1920s and 1930s and provided a radical alternative to the rational and formal qualities of previous art movements. Some Surrealist artists favored automatism in which conscious control is suppressed and the subconscious is allowed to take over. Others pursued a hallucinatory sense of super-reality in which the scenes depicted make no real sense. And some Surrealist work focused on the juxtaposition of unrelated items, setting up a startling unreality outside the bounds of normal reality.

Ceramic students were asked to concoct story about themselves that could be represented in a surrealist sculpture. They had to include an animal representation of themselves and a portal from one space to another unrelated space. Their sculptures include realistic objects in surrealistic settings.  Click on the Phoenix to see examples of all the girls’ work.

Punch_Emma_Graphic_Design_Selfie_PosterGraphic Design – Selfie Project

Graphic design students are learning to use tools in their Photoshop software to explore scale, transparency, color adjustments, etc. They practiced the techniques they are learning in the creation of these digital self portraits.  Click on the example to see all of their “selfies.”

Painting, Spring Semester – Get RealIMG_1678Sm

Knowing how to observe what is around us and capture it realistically is an important skill for an artist to have and takes hard work to develop. Key to making things look “real” when we try to capture them in a drawing or painting is understanding how to use the elements of art such as value and color to give flat shapes the illusion of three-dimensional form. That was the learning objective for these painting projects. Students looked at personal objects sitting in front of their easels and did their best to capture a realistic depiction of the forms.  Click on the picture to see how all of the girls depicted the forms they were observing.

AndreaHonors Portfolio Art – Personal Concentration Series, Third work

Another work has been added to each of the student’s portfolios.  Click on the picture to see what they’ve been up to recently.

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Honors – 1:25 Photography Exercise

1:25….ONE object, multiples of that object, that object transformed or altered….TWENTY-FIVE different locations or set ups.  This was the challenge for these students.  They took many more than 25 photos, but initially submitted 25.  Then they were asked to choose their 10 favorites.  Then they were asked to play with those 10 in Photoshop–cropping, adjusting lighting and exposure, experimenting with filters and effects, etc.  Then finally they were asked to curate their collection again and submit five photos in a final portfolio.  Click on this picture to see the results.

Drawing – Charcoal Self Portraits

Annabelle - As a character from history

Annabelle – As a character from history

In this drawing assignment students were asked to pull a description or scenario out of hat and then create a self-portrait to illustrate the selected description. They were challenged to create self portraits that emphasized expressive poses and interesting vantage points, accurate figure proportions, and elegant use of chiaroscuro–a wide range of values used to describe the three-dimensional forms that make up the figure. Oh and of course….a resemblance to the student.  Click on the drawing to the right to see all of the drawings.

Dana DPainting, Fall Semester – Student Choice Projects
After three preliminary projects that teach the basics of composition, color mixing, and painting techniques, student select from a list of possible projects. These paintings reflect individual interests in developing specific skills or exploring specific concepts in art.  Click on the painting to the left to see the other student choice projects.

Honors Portfolio Art – Personal Concentration Series, Second work
Blair_2Each student in the Portfolio class has selected a concept or skill set they want to work on in a series of related works that they will create over the course of the year.

Look at the creative journey of each student as the year progresses. I will add new projects to this album as they are finished. Click on the picture to see the second set of projects completed by these young ladies.

Annabelle B.Drawing – An Old Masters Drawing

In this lesson, students learn to observe from direct observation, strengthen their grasp of the proportions of the human figure and study the style and drawing techniques of a master artist.  By learning to emulate the strokes of the master they are looking at, they learn how to manipulate an image and make the most of the materials they are working with.  Click on the photo to see their work.

Painting, Fall Semester – Let’s Compose OurselvesEden Winfield

Before there were selfies on telephones, there were self portraits on paper, canvas, and panels.  Nearly every artist does one at some point…many make dozens of them.  Why do people make self portraits?  Sometimes its as simple as wanting to practice but not being able to afford a model.  But usually it’s because they want to make a statement about themselves or share some insight into the way they think and work.  In this project, our painting students chose a variety of approaches to their self portraits. Click on the picture to see their work.

Drawing – A Sense of Place

Emma P.Any place is “….temporal and spatial, personal and political.  A layered location replete with human histories and memories; place has width as well as depth.  It is about connections, what surrounds it, what formed it, what happened there, and what will happen there.”  –Lucy R. Lippard.  In this project, our student artists explored places around our school that are layered with meaning for them.  Click on the picture to see the work of all our students in this second semester drawing class.

Honors – Figure DrawingGabby J.

Richmond, VA is recognized as a leading city in the field of tattoo arts.  Our Museum of Fine Arts hosted an exhibition on the ancient Japanese traditions of Tattoo Design.  So we decided to combine our study of the human figure with some original designs for tattoos.  Students in this class practiced drawing figures in the classroom, then used what they had learned to draw imaginary folks with tattoos that they had designed.  Click on the picture to see examples of their work.

DanaPainting, Fall Semester – Color Considerations

Color is one of our most important tools as artists. Your use of colors can influence the composition of a painting in several ways. It can create either harmony or contrast in your work. It can be used to unify a scene. It can set forth a visual path that the viewer’s eye will likely follow. And it can create a focal point or area of emphasis in your work. It can create mood.  In this lesson Painting students looked at the work of some well-known artists and selected an artist’s style to emulate.  Then they selected one of five color schemes to use in their painting and worked to use hue, intensity and value to build a strong painting.  Click on the picture to see their work.

Honors Portfolio Art – Personal Concentration Series

Kathryn L. - Project 1Each student in the Portfolio class has selected a concept or skill set they want to work on in a series of related works that they will create over the course of the year.

Look at the creative journey of each student as the year progresses. I will add new projects to this album as they are finished. Click on the picture to see the first set of projects completed by these young ladies.

KristenPainting, Fall Semester – Get Real

Knowing how to observe what is around us and capture it realistically is an important skill for an artist to have and takes hard work to develop. Key to making things look “real” when we try to capture them in a drawing or painting is understanding how to use the elements of art such as value and color to give flat shapes the illusion of three-dimensional form. That was the learning objective for these painting projects. Students looked at personal objects sitting in front of their easels and did their best to capture a realistic depiction of the forms.  Click on the picture to see how all of the girls depicted the forms they were observing.

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Drawing – Object Lessons

Learning to look at an object in front of you and figuring out how to render it so that is looks like a three-dimensional form involves learning to judge proportions, values, colors, highlights, cast shadows, and so much more.  That was the challenge for these drawing students who selected something they might be tempted to eat.  Click on the picture of the olives to see all the other tasty depictions they created.

Students, Faculty and Alumnae Summer Photography Competition

Guest Book PageThe Visual Arts Department sponsored our first Photography Competition for Students, Staff and Alumnae over the summer and we’re excited to share the results.  Our school theme for the year is Reflect and we invited participants to submit work in four categories: Reflection of Family, Reflection of Friends, Reflection of Community, and Reflection of Service. We had more than 200 entries from students, faculty and alumnae.  Four professionals in the visual arts accepted the challenge of judging the submissions.The winning photographs will be on display in the Art Gallery for the month of October, along with a digital slide show of all the photographs that were submitted.  Click on the photo to the left to see all of the entries.  Winning entries are captioned.

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Honors Art – Recycled Reseen: A Reflection of a Master

Over the summer each student in the class collected 100 things in an assigned color.  When they got together this fall, they selected three masterpieces from Famous Artists and recreated them using their found objects.  We photographed their collaborative works and will be producing large-scale prints for exhibition.  Click on this recreation of Miro’s 1925 painting called Dancer to see the three works they completed.

Drawing – Contour Drawings

IMG_0134In honor of the international bike race that will be coming to our city next week, we’ve started the year off with some contour drawings of bikes.  We were drawing from direct observation of bikes that belong to teachers here at Saint Gertrude. The room has been full of fun forms this last week. Our emphasis was on learning to see all the shapes that make up a complex form and to capture them in a way that makes the form look three-dimensional without the use of shading.   I love seeing the many ways these students focused on different details, all with an eye for engaging composition.  Click on this sample to see all the girls’ work.

Honors Art – Media Experiments

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Along with the drawing classes, students in the Honors Art Portfolio class started the year looking at bikes. For several class periods, they were given a different media when they entered the classroom and they had very limited time to produce a work from start to finish.  Our goal was to experiment, take some risks and generate ideas quickly.  I think you’ll agree when you click on this picture to see examples of several of these quick projects, these young ladies aren’t afraid of a challenge and can work under pressure!

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Honors Art – Gourd VesselsHailey_1

While students were finishing up their final projects we brought out a box of gourds and invited them to make decorative vessels out of them.  It’s interesting how closely these last-minute creations reflected the personalities of the student  artists who made them!  It was a fun balance to the stress of exams and the end of the year pressures!  Click on this example to see the other vessels made.

Mugs_1Ceramics – Noah’s Children Service Project

In any ceramics class there’s an awkward week or so when you’ve had to cut off working with clay and you’re waiting for things to come out of the kiln for glazing. Ceramic students used that time to design and decorate mugs to donate to a local group called Noah’s Children. This children’s hospice organization holds a fundraising auction each year and our students wanted to donate some of their original artwork to this good cause.  Click on this picture to see all they cute designs they came up with.

Graphic Design – Design for Good ProjectsIMG_8639

Graphic designers create a bridge between information and understanding. They have power to influence people by designing products they buy, magazines they read, what they shop for, and in many more ways than most of us think about. In their final project, Graphic Design students focused on design citizenship while producing designs for socially relevant causes.  Click on the picture to the left to see and read about the issues they addressed and the design products they created.

ClarissaCeramics – Final Projects

For their final projects, Ceramics students designed a work of their choice using any technique they had learned in class. Each created a work they thought would showcase their strongest skills.  Click on the Granny Ballerina to see what other students created.

Honors – Amalgamated ArtKathryn

In this project, students selected three artists from different centuries who they thought had something in common. They took influences from each of these artists styles, techniques, and materials to create an original work of art that would continue the visual conversation.  Click on the picture to see all of their work.

Painting – Student ChoiceGrace_2

After three preliminary projects that teach the basics of composition, color mixing, and painting techniques, student select from a list of possible projects. These paintings reflect individual interests in developing specific skills or exploring specific concepts in art.  Click on the painting to the right to see the other student choice projects.

ClarissaCeramics – Coil Construction

Building with coils is a technique that has been used since the earliest examples of clay construction. In this lesson students could use coils to build a vessel inspired by the pottery of Native American artists on display at our local museum, or use exposed coils as a decorative element in a more contemporary vessel.  Click on the picture to see all their designs.

 SophieR -webGraphic Design – A Digital Remix

In this lesson, students learned to use irony or satire in the creation of a work of art. They used graphic design software, digital cameras, scanners, etc. to gather and manipulate images, creating a remix of a classic work of art that suggests a new meaning. Click on the picture to the left to see all their work.

AlexOPainting – Lets Compose Ourselves

Students were challenged with creating a painting that demonstrates an understanding of the proportions of the human face and/or figure and communicates something about themselves. The each selected an artist to look at and then worked in a similar style while adding their own artistic voice to the conversation.  Click on Alex’s painting to see the others.

AnnaPainting – Color Considerations

Students had a wide margin of choice for subject and style in this project.  We were thinking primarily about color.  Before making these paintings, students studied color theory and designed a painting that used a particular color scheme.  Click on Anna’s painting to see what each student painted.

CassidyCeramics – Lidded Vessels

Students had a lot of choice for what they wanted to do with this project.  Their only requirement was to make a lidded form but they were encouraged to explore lots of ideas before finalizing their design.  Click on the picture to see how each student tackled the challenge.

Kat_3aHonors Art – Concentration Series, Works 3-5

Each student in the Portfolio class has selected a concept or skill set they want to work on in a series of related works that they will create over the course of the year. We have been adding to this album all year. Look at the creative journey each student has taken.

Click on this picture to see work from the entire class.

EmmaCeramics – Hollow Form Animals

Students learned to accurately judge proportions in the design of a sculpture depicting an animal.  They learned to combine pinch pot and slab forms to create these sculptures and then experimented with alternative decorative finishes using sgraffito techniques on underglaze and various glaze applications.  Click on the picture to see all of the animals in our collection.

Honors Portfolio – VANS Custom Culture Shoe Design Competition

GroupImage_SaintGertrudeVans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.  Click on the group picture to see shots of the individual sets of shoes designed and created by seven girls in the class.

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Intro to Art – Papier-mâché Animals in the style of Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Students were asked to consider the difference between fine art, folk art, decorative art, and ethnic art and whether a work of art can fall into more than one category.  They learned about folk art traditions of the Oaxacan culture, indigenous to Mexico and created folk art sculptures in the style of the Oaxacan wood carvers using papier-mâché.  Click on the picture to see everyone’s work.

CassidyCeramics – Lino Cut Projects

Lino-cut in a technique used in printmaking. The artist cuts away the part of the linoleum that they do not want to print and then print the raised part of the plate as a relief print.  Ceramic students raided the printmaking supplies and used this same technique in reverse.  They used the plates to create raised texture by pressing their clay slabs into the incised parts of the lino-cut.  Click on this example to see the variety of plates, boxes, and tea pots the students created.

xLittle_Print copyHonors Art – Getting Things Straight / A salute to Ursus Wehrli

Every week, students in each class are assigned an Artist of the Week that relates to concepts or techniques they are using in class. They look at the artist or artwork and make connections to things they are doing themselves. During our recent week of snow days, the Honors Art class looked at Swiss comedian and artist Ursus Wehrli who is on a campaign to deconstruct and sort out the “unbearable mess” of our modern world, and tried their hand at re-composing or getting something straight in their world.

HannahHonors Art – It’s Alive
“Autopoiesis” might be a new word to you. It means “self-creation.” The term was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. In the understanding of biological cells, for example, the components of a cell interact and are their own support system. Autopoietics have since been expanded to describe some types of machinery, social systems and corporations.  We have invited the concept into our art room–in this process students are given prompts for each work session. It might be a concept, or a material, or a technique.  It is nothing they can plan for–each idea is randomly fed into their art making process  and the end result can not be known until it exists.  Click on the picture to see their varied creations.

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Painting – Objects that Describe Me

Students were asked to paint a still life based on the theme “Objects that Describe Me.” There were a lot of interesting responses to this prompt. What can you tell about these girls from the objects they chose to paint? Click on this picture to see all of their work.

Painting – Spatial Depth and Color Mixing Exercise

Our opening exercise in the Painting class was to create an imaginary landscape that showed something at a distance. It was a chance to learn how to mix paints, design a composition, and play with dramatic colors. Click on this landscape to see the others.

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Ceramics – Pinch Pot Mugs

The second semester Ceramics Class started with simple pinch pot mugs, but used sgraffito techniques to give them an extra flair!  Click on this example to see what other students did.

Intro To Art – Speaking IN Color…Non-Objective ArtIMG_7915

What is non-objective art?  Students explored examples of realism, representational art, non-objective art, and abstract art, learning that abstraction was a form of simplification and focus.  Working from isolated portions of photographs or representational illustrations, they created these little jewels of abstraction using color pencil on paper.  Click on this example to see all of their work.

TerraFDrawing – Playing with Social Commentary

The still life genre is as diverse as its history is long.  From the Ancient Egyptians who painted food and valuables on tomb walls to contemporary artists working today, artists keep coming back to still life as a form because it gives them a chance to explore color, form, composition, and light.  Still life artists often select the objects in their set ups to articulate ideas. They use items that are symbolic and or that can create a visual allegory. They can create a narrative through the visual relationship of one object to another. Drawing students were asked to select a cast of toys to use in a narrative that illustrated a social issue of interest to them.  Clicking on the picture will take you to a gallery of their work.

AnandaCeramics – Final Projects

For their final projects, students were challenged to design and build something that reflects their personal interests and would highlight what they considered to be their strongest skills as artists.  Click on the photograph to see what each students decided to build.

EmmaPIntro to Art – Still Life Drawings

We decided to just ignore all those New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthy foods and made drawings of sweets and treats! Our emphasis was on using color to create mood, making objects look three-dimensional and creating a realistic sense of spatial depth on the picture plane.  Click on the picture to the right to see all the drawings.

Ceramics – Coiled Vessels 

AnnabelleIMG_6820Students visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to study their collection of pottery from the Americas.  After making notes on the forms and the symbolic motifs that decorate the pots, students referred to these same expressions of style in the coiled pots they created.  Click on the picture to see everyone’s work.

HMackenzieSonors Art – On the Move

Students were asked to create works that explore physical, visual and conceptual movement.  Each student had a unique take on the assignment.  Many students were working in sculpture for the first time.  All used very interesting materials! Click on the picture to see their work.

Intro to Art – Collaborative SIMG_7480culpture Projects

Students in the Intro to Art class worked in three small groups to collaborate on the creation of a sculpture. Each group was given two artists to look at and then combined ideas from what they saw to make an original sculpture.  The experimented with new materials and focused on how to create both visual and physical balance in their work.  They made collaborative decisions about how to use materials, worked together to create the sculptures and then voted on what to name them.  Their sculptures will be displayed throughout the building.  Click on the picture to the right to see the other two sculpture projects.

KathleenBHonors Art – Concentration Series, Work 2

Each student in the Portfolio class has selected a concept or skill set they want to work on in a series of related works that they will create over the course of the year. Theses works are the second works in those series.  Each time they add to this gallery, I will put the newest work first in the display for each student.  Click on this picture to see work from the entire class.

Drawing – Charcoal Self PortraitsIMG_7312

In this drawing assignment students were challenged to create self portraits that emphasized movement, expressive poses and interesting vantage points, accurate figure proportions, and elegant use of chiaroscuro–a wide range of values used to describe the three-dimensional forms that make up the figure. Oh and of course….a resemblance to the student.  Click on the drawing to the right to see all of the drawings.

BridgetCeramics – Lidded Vessels

Students had a lot of choice for what they wanted to do with this project.  Their only requirement was to make a lidded form but they were encouraged to explore lots of ideas before finalizing their design.  Click on the picture to see how each student tackled the challenge.

Intro to Art – Drawing with Scissors

Henri Matisse is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. He was prolific, creating a remarkable body of work that encompassed sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, stained glass, set design, mural painting, and collage.  Ellis_EmmaIn the late 1940s, Henri Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium. This leap followed decades of working in oil on canvas, yet many of his artistic goals remained constant–he was committed to the exploration of color theory and a desire to achieve formal harmony. He described this new technique as drawing with scissors.

Intro to Art Students experimented with this challenging process of cut out collage–a technique that Matisse made look so simple. They created original works in-the-style-of Matisse, simplifying forms, giving attention to contour, balancing the abstract and the representational, and playing with the positive and negative space. Click on the image above to explore these celebrations of color and movement.

Honors Art – Women in the Media

Little_MadelynIn this lesson designed to introduce students to digital manipulation and Photoshop software, we looked at the role that the media plays in defining the models that women look up to.  Students began in the digital realm and then were asked to add traditional media on top of their prints.  Click on the poster to the right to see the way students in the class looked at the interplay between fashion models and role models in the media.

Azzarone_Thea_1Intro to Art – Getting “Hooked” on Printing

Gyotaku (gyo=fish, taku=impression) is an ancient Oriental art form which uses actual fresh-caught fish to create lovely one-of-a-kind art prints on cloth or paper. On their very first day in Intro to Art class, these young ladies proved that they were willing to work outside of their comfort zone when presented with a problem solving activity that required exploration, experimentation and teamwork. They took the bait and ran with it! They used what they learned making prints from real fish to inform their next challenge—designing and carving a collagraph plate to be used in a more contemporary form of printmaking.  Click on the picture to see both sets of prints.

Ceramics – Nested Bowls or Plates HelenA

Students experimented with a variety of handbuilding techniques, calculating relative proportions in a set of nesting vessels. They used nature as an inspiration for physical forms and visual language, expressing their own personal style making their project uniquely different in keeping with their artistic voice.  Click on the picture to see their sets of nested bowls and plates.

KathleenQDrawing – Old Masters Drawings

In art schools all over the world, throughout history, artists have copied the work of masters in order to learn from them. It’s like borrowing someone’s recipe to make a gourmet dish or listening to a good recording of a song before learning to play it yourself. In this lesson, students were asked to draw from direct observation of another artist’s work, strengthening their grasp of the proportions of the human figure, and emulating the style and drawing techniques of a master artist.  Click on the picture to see all their works.

Graphic Design – Design for Good Projects

1-3Graphic designers create a bridge between information and understanding. They have the power to influence people by designing the products they buy, the magazines they read, what they shop for, and in many more ways than most of us think about. In their final project, our Graphic Design students focused on the importance of design citizenship. Working individually and in groups, each student produced designs for a cause that she finds socially relevant. One team worked with representatives from CARITAS and the Salvation Army to design a campaign to address homelessness and poverty in Richmond. One group worked with the SGHS Guidance Department to address bullying and social acceptance. And, one group worked with the SGHS Health and Wellness Department to illustrate the value of good nutrition for students and faculty.  Click on the picture to see their projects.

EmmaB (2)Ceramics – Pods

For their first project, Ceramics students made explored hollow form sculpture as they created organic pods inspired by real and imaginary plants. Click on the picture to see all their interesting sculptures.

Honors Portfolio Art – Personal Concentration SeriesIMG_6327

Each student in the Portfolio class has selected a concept or skill set they want to work on in a series of related works that they will create over the course of the year.

Theses works are the first works in those series.  Each time they add to this gallery, I will put the newest work first in the display for each student.  Click on this picture to see work from the entire class.

BE_Poster_Snavely_LoganGraphic Design – Poster Design

How many times have you been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Are they asking what your job title will be–a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker? Are they asking you what your family situation will be–a single adult, a wife, a mother?  Are they asking what your personality traits will be–kind, strong, independent, joyful, nurturing? Just what is it they’re asking? Well this assignment gave students a chance to explore what they want to be in a visual way.  Click on the poster to the left to see all the designs from the class.

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Honors Art – Layers of Meaning, Encaustic Paintings

What does it mean for something to have “layers of meaning”?

Students in the Honors class worked with encaustic paints and mixed media techniques to produce these works of art which are made up of both physical layers as well as layers of conceptual information.  Click on the picture to see how each student interpreted this challenge.

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Ceramics – The Humble Pinch Pot

Ah-h-h-h! The first feel of clay in your hand! It all starts with the humble pinch pot and builds from there. These are the first experiments with clay from our new ceramics class…just wait until you see what they offer up next.  Click on the picture to see all the girls’ work.

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Drawing – Elements of the Landscape

Our drawing students are learning to really look at an object and see contours, color, values, and forms that make up the object itself.  Each student made four small drawings using graphic marker, depicting some small part of a natural landscape.  Click on the picture to see the work from all of our students.

HaileyC_3Honors Art – BEEing Experimental, Media and Technique Experiments

In our first five classes, honors students were challenged to try a new media each day. Starting with oil pastel, they worked their way through watercolor painting, lino cut printmaking, dry point printmaking and digital collage…they were given only one class period to complete a finished work in each medium.  I think these examples show how committed these girls are to learning. Click on the bee to the left and see all the works created during that very creative couple of weeks.

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Honors Art – BEEing Experimental, Digital Collage

The Honors Class began the year with a unit called BEEing Experimental. Each class period they were challenged to complete a finished work of art using a different media or technique each day. These digital collages were composed on the bed of a scanner, then cropped in Photoshop by each student artist.  Click on the picture to visit the Picasa Gallery where all the work is exhibited.

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Drawing – Visualizing Sound

This was a fun first day experiment.  We began with a dark mass on the page and then traded our charcoal for erasers.  As I played the sound of buzzing bees darting in and out of a hive, the students tried to capture the essence of the sound on their paper by using their erasers to create a sense of movement.  Click on the picture to see what all the buzz was about!  Each student had a different take on the sound.

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Graphic Design – Photoshop Exercises

The Graphic Design class started by using a digital camera and graphics software  to experiment with photo manipulation.

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Our emphasis for the first exercises was to learn how to use basic tools, layers, and filters in Photoshop.  They completed three exercises, some with stock photos and some with photographs they took themselves.  The third exercise allowed them to design their own work, using Text as a visual element in their design.

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