Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Grade 11 #NipRockArt students are beginning to dive into the beautiful depths of Renaissance art history.  We'll examine some of the main concepts (such as references to Classical art, Humanism, and guilds), and explore major advances, artists and artworks.

Who were the major players in the Renaissance?  How did the Renaissance happen after a so-called drought in visual expression throughout the Middle Ages? (don't get me wrong, we still appreciate the texts & architecture of Romanesque & Gothic times...)  How did commerce and economics affect the production of art?  ...who controlled the money at that time?  What was life like for the average person?  How did people recover after the Plague?  What is a merchant family, and why is this important?  Who were the Medicis?  Did artists get along and learn from each other, or was there any competition?  How did developments in science and society affect the success of the Renaissance?

...the list of questions could go on and on...

Grade 11 students:  to help us build our knowledge, we will begin to construct graphic displays to share our understanding.  Mind-maps, online whiteboards, diagrams, whatever method you are comfortable with.  Show us the answers to some of the above questions to help others learn about the time period.  You can add to your display over the next 2 weeks, but preliminary designs will be assessed on Monday. :)  You will be giving feedback to your classmates between Monday and Tuesday, and then develop your diagrams in more detail.

*Please use your time wisely, since we will also be starting your next artwork at this time, and you will need to be very focused right up to November 7th (the due date for your diagrams as well as your artwork, which will be introduced and discussed in class).  

Note:  If you are an art teacher or historian and would like to help my students with their research, please leave a comment below, along with contact information (i.e. Twitter ID)  Thanks!

Note to students:  This is a great time to research museums that could help you with your knowledge.  Let's try to contact them & use the hashtag #AskACurator !



Monday, 20 October 2014

Show & Tell

There has been so much activity in the #NipRockArt room lately, I had to share some stellar work!

On October 6, Liz Sandals, the Minister of Education, visited our school.  Here are some pictures:

Brett presented Minister Sandals with his art, created in the Woodland style.

Abbi hand-painted a card just for the Minister's visit! 

#NipRockArt students love working with clay & making pottery.  
Here is a picture from our latest firing:

With most tasks, students are allowed to use the material/technique of their choice that helps them interpret a theme or demonstrate their understanding of a concept. 

Beautiful.  Thank you, Alexa.

Keep up the excellent work, everyone.  You are developing into wonderful artists!



Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Artists Observe...

What does it mean when we say that an artist observes?  What comes to mind?  What do you see when you take the time to observe, and what would you be observing?  Something tangible? Something no one else can see?

Is this artist observing?  Why or why not?  Let's look at another...

Is this artist observing?  Is it more or less successful because the image you see is realistic?

When you observe, you are absorbing the world around you.  When you create art, you are translating those observations for yourself and for others.  

Your drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints and conceptual pieces are manifestations of your interaction with others and your environment.  Grade 11 students, we will be taking a look at your art and the art of your classmates.  Think about what you are seeing.  What is the artist observing, and how is it presented for others?  How is the experience different for the artist than the audience?  Is this relevant?

Take a picture of your art and discuss your findings on a blog post.  Then, with the permission of your classmate, take a picture of their work and discuss it as well.  


~ thank you to Katherine Douglas for her insight & suggestions of resources ~


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

It's "Ask A Curator Day"!

#NipRockArt students, do you know what a curator is?  Get ready to find out.  Wednesday, September 17th is "Ask a Curator Day", and we'll be learning all about their roles & responsibilities by following the conversation on Twitter.

Grade 9 & 10, this is a great opportunity to become more familiar with people whose careers are focused on collecting and presenting art.  Grade 11, are there any questions you may have that relate to your Traditional vs. Contemporary Art assignment?

Take a look at the list of museums and galleries that are participating in the day's events:  "#AskACurator: Who to Ask".  Do you think that certain galleries may be able to answer your questions?

~ Don't forget to include #NipRockArt in your tweets! ~

A special thanks to Stacey Wallwin, who shared the information!

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Art Assignment

Whoa!  Grade 11 #NipRockArt students, you have to check this out:

Did you hear what they said about contemporary art?  ...and about traditional art?  Does it remind you of our Traditional vs. Contemporary Art assignment?  (I hope so)

I know I'll be exploring some of the great work that The Art Assignment has shared:  on Tumblr, (also: responses on Tumblr), on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Facebook.  You should, too!

Next week, we'll discuss how this relates to our latest project, and how it may influence your research as well as your art.