Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Costume Design and the Business of Art

Thursday morning students in the Arts track spent time learning the basics of costume design with Ms. Palmer, who has taught theater at both the high school and college level for almost ten years.  Focusing on theatrical, rather than movie, design, students learned how lighting and movement on stage can affect actors in costumes.  They also learned about color symbolism, and how costume designers use color to create certain effects on stage.  The lesson culminated with students creating a story synopsis involving four types of characters after being assigned an historical era.  They then created renderings of the costumes for those four characters.

Monique, Cicorra, and Maddie tell their story set in the Cavalier era.

Shyla Jones shows her excellent rendering of a king.

Ellie Kiebert shows her Victorian dress, with colors chosen to represent her character

Sara Anderson shows her 18th Century gentleman's attire

This group shows their early 20th century designs

Brian, Evan, and Victoria talk about their story, set in the Civil War

Some excellent costumes were created!

Thursday afternoon, Mrs. L. worked with students as they learned the ins and outs of the business of art.  Working in multi-age groups, students used their creativity to invent a businesses utilizing each person's creative interestThey created names, logos, services, products, and aspirations for their businesses

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Plein Air

On Tuesday, professional Plein Air artist Jared Shear traveled from Thompson Falls, Montana, to teach the students in the Arts track how to do Plein Air painting.  Plein Air, defined as the open air, especially during daylight hours (and referring to a painting style in said open air used in the 19th century), is a new style to most students.  They traveled by foot down to the river as Mr. Shear discussed technique, and then demonstrated for them.  Students then practiced techniques on their own.  Next week, the group will travel to City Beach in Sandpoint for another hand at the style before teaching the Outdoors Track what they know in future lessons.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paper Arts Days

Thursday and Friday were spent exploring, practicing, and mastering elements of art with paper as a medium.  Students learned how to make their own paper using a blender and a screen, how to create intricate paper flowers with tissue paper, how to use a printing press after etching their own designs in acrylic, and the basics of calligraphy.  By the end of the two days, students had created their own paper, designed a thank you card, and made two flowers.  The cards will eventually go to those who support the arts track as guest speakers or financial donors.

The most popular activity was using Mrs. Lutzwolf's printing press that she brought from home.  Kids enjoyed seeing their sketches go from a thought to a reproducible object in a matter of minutes.
Next week students will get to work with a Plein Air artist to hone their painting skills, and learn the ins and outs of theatrical costume design.

Sophie demonstrates the mess involved in printmaking

Eliska, Catherine, and Lily make paper in the background, while paper dries in the foreground

Students write in their field notebooks at the end of the day about what they learned

Mrs. L. demonstrates the papermaking process

Some of the flowers created by students, including begonias, roses, dahlias, and peonies.

Mrs. L. shows Sammy how to run the blender for papermaking

Jane pushes the button to create the base for paper

Students create their thank you cards using their homemade paper and printmaking results

Mrs. L. passes around a piece of homemade paper

Nona and Hannah demonstrate how to use the printmaking machine

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Yesterday was our first day with the experiential learning tracks.  Students in the Arts track got to know each other and themselves a little better through a variety of activities.  The day started with an icebreaker called "This or That", where students made a choice between two things (ocean or desert, for example), and all students who agreed raised their hands.  For everyone who agreed, a string was looped around a nail on a canvas.  The end result was an amazing piece of artwork that represents all the members.

Students then explored Plein Air painting by learning about composition, blocking, and theme.  They next explored ideas for personal art projects they will be creating for a juried art show in January.  The day ended with students working in groups to create a sculpture based on a feeling or emotion.  The results were outstanding!

Monday, September 14, 2015


Welcome to the Arts Experiential Learning Track at Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School!