Welcome to Middle School Monday!
I'm glad my daughter has a creative bent and enjoys art. I've never been a very good artist myself, so I'm not sure where it comes from, but she is quick to pick up pencil or pen or chalk pastels and draw.
This year she doesn't have a separate art curriculum, as she has for the past couple of years. Instead, we are finding art projects that go along with her Cultural Geography course, and sometimes with her Meteorology course.
Sometimes they are rather serious drawings, like this one of Stonehenge. Although she can't resist adding a title in Dwarvish.
We had fun making these Greek theater inspired masks, almost like giant emoticons!
Simple science diagrams turn into artistic sketches.
She had an assignment in the Weather and Climate book asking her to draw a picture of her favorite kind of weather where she lives. She couldn't decide, so she did a four seasons panel in chalk pastel.
And any old time, she'll come up with her own projects for fun, like using up craft sticks, paint, and glitter to make Dr Who's sonic screwdriver.
Or just doodling with chalk pastels and practicing shading.
This was last week's art project. I challenged Kennady to come up with some art with the theme Autumn Leaves for the Virtual Refrigerator, and this is what she did:
If you're looking for art instruction or ideas suitable for middle schoolers, check out my reviews of ARTistic Pursuits Middle School Book Two, ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, and Geography Through Art.
How do you include art in your middle schooler's education? Leave a comment and let me know! I also invite you to drop by the Virtual Refrigerator each week and share your art posts.
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