Art Nouveau Silk Painting 

These beautiful scarves were created in the last 8th grade art lesson where the students learned about a an international art movement in the early 20th century known as Art Nouveau - "New Art". With the advent of industrialization and the invention of photography, art did not need to be realistic anymore. Many artists went for bold, sweeping designs, and they were seen on everything, including fabric, architecture and graphic artwork, etc. Organic shapes and decorative patterns were especially favored. Students were encouraged to create something they like on these silk scarves by using bold, sweeping brushstrokes and colors. We used the French serti technique, which involved enclosing an area on the silk using a resist (gutta/outliner) before filling in with brilliant silk dyes. 

Chinese Calligraphy

The 7th and 8th graders learned about the invention of the modern calligraphy styles starting at Qinshi Huangdi's (秦始皇帝)times。  Words used to be carved on stone, wood, bronze vessels and bamboo slats, but due to the amount of wars that were waged and the desperate need to communicate with the central government regarding supplies and warfare strategies, modern brush and calligraphy styles were invented.  Students practiced calligraphy strokes first, then learned to "paint" words, paying close attention to the proportion and the spacing, the white space is just as important as the black!

Quilting Cultures from Around the World

The middle school students learned that people make quilts from all over the world.  Quilting started out as a practical way to piece old fabric and scraps together to create something that keeps you warm.  It evolved later into something that carries traditions and connects people together.  Each piece of the quilt is different and unique and yet, we are all connected to each other in some ways.  My 8th graders, as they were sewing this big quilt together using red thread, talked about how the read thread meanders through the quilt as a symbol of "life", which is never a straight line, and it's complicated and connects us all together.


Year of the Dragon

Japanese Woodblock Prints

After the style of Iwao Akiyama.