There are an number of art projects that any high school student or middle school for that matter, can undertake to showcase their talents.
There are an number of art projects that any high school student or middle school for that matter, can undertake to showcase their talents. I am fortunate that my school does this with frequency. One particular project which caught my eye recently involves using ink dots over written words. This particular one used ink dots that when put together created an image resembling the human anatomy, insects, fantasy or other creative forms. But first let us start by giving you a little history. Ink as you may know was introduce over 2500 years ago in China and the type of ink used here derives its origin for what today is know as calligraphy ink. n
Most calligraphy inks are made of pigment and a binder. For example, sumi ink is made of soot and and shellac. Walnut ink is made of boiled black walnuts" https://thepostmansknock.com/every-calligraphy-ink-question-you-ever-had-answered/
The students were given the choice of incorporating human anatomy, etymology or fantasy elements into their creation and these finished projects were nothing short of amazing not only in how well they were done, but also how recognizable the elements were and their simplicity.
Bear in mind that these were not drawn in the traditional way with brushed or strokes.
Each image is created by applying thousands of ink dots until an image appears. The author might then add some finishing touches with other pencils or even regular pens, but the main art form is done using one ink dot a a time.
The technique our students applied is the same as used in Pointillism
Pointllism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, but is now used without its earlier pejorative connotation.
This is then copied onto a paper that has words, or may be directed inked on an already written parchment. Usually these words tell the story of the project as well as many other factors, but this is extra. In this particular project, students just used pages for some books that were donated to the school and which dealt with may different disciplines.
Together they bring out an art form that tends to captivate a viewer, like it did me. Even tried to read some of the words but the art form is what really drew my attention in the first place.
When I spoke with the art teacher responsible for this project, she told me that students had been working on their projects for well over two weeks. Not only had they to select a theme, plan it carefully, do at least one draft, but painstakingly add one drop at a time until their desired results were achieved.
Other art forms used by these talented students were pencil art. Some were good yet others were nothing short of excellent.
I have included several samples from one such talented student. Her images are rich in impression and what I first noticed is that the subject's eyes did indeed seem to follow me.
These kids abilities to put to pencil what their eyes or imagination "sees" is extraordinary and what is more extraordinary is their ability to put this vision into a canvas using nothing more than a pencil and it is a pleasure to celebrate this art form.
This is by no means the only art project that students can do. There are literally thousands of ideas. You just have to be creative. For example the same group recently did another project which is now featured on our school halls and shows a representation of the World map along with lines showing some of the many places on Earth that our students come from or a least their parents came from.
It was made using cardboard cut int eh shapes of continents. The countries flags were hand made using regular acrylic paint and so were they respective arrows which point towards the author's points of origin.
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Art projects with ink. I have personally used this one for ideas and more
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