Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Wire 2D or 3D scuptures

Artist inspiration: Alexander Calder



  • Explore animal symbolism throughout various cultures. 
  • Apply knowledge of the Art Element Line and begin exploring Space and Form to create a 2 or 3-dimensional wire sculpture of a chosen sea animal. 
  • Gain experience utilizing simple wire techniques. 
1. Participate in one-liner drawing activity and challenge.
2. Create 8-10 thumbnail sketches of chosen sea animal using only ONE continuous line.
3. Using appropriate materials and techniques, manipulate wire into desired position.
4. Creatively mount wire sculpture on base and display.

Grading Criteria:
  • Sculpture must resemble chosen animal.
  • Effort
  • Quality
  • Creativity

Watch the videos below to learn a little bit about creating a 3-dimensional wire sculpture using the appropriate tools.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Elements of Art: LINES


A.- Lines create forms:
Use an A4 sheet of paper and draw a shape with a pencil.You will have to work as the following example with a felt pen. When finished, erase the pencil. Do not use a ruler!.

Here you will find another example: La línea y la almeja.
Last course assignements: Lines creating hands and Lines creating 3D shapes.

B.- Lines create shapes:


Take a sheet of paper and create drawings using a continuous line (outline), similar to those you have seen in the video.

Have a look at last year's assignments.

  • Artist: Keith Haring. Look at these videos: 

Let's play with the semaphor disks:

Now you can play with Haring.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Pointillist fish


Fish Sketches on PhotoPeach


Rosa Fernandez de Slidely by Slidely Slideshow

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

PBL Oceans 2 - Warm up

Link to videos and worksheet
Aitor, the artist - 1st D

Imaginary people and animals on PhotoPeach

Friday, 16 October 2015

The elements of art: DOT

Georges Seurat invented the technique known as Pointillism, which uses tiny dots instead of broad strokes to put the paint on the canvas. The individual dots of red, yellow and blue are sucked in through your eyes and mixed up in your head to create a variety of shimmering shades.

Click here to see an hiperrealistic and pointillist video: http://vimeo.com/33091687.

Jackson Pollock (Jack the Dripper) was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock's technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting.

Alexander Calder is the most representative cinetic art sculptor.

Take a look to this wonderful mobiles by Julie Frith.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian-born artist who is often credited as being one of the first modern artists to create abstract art. Kandinsky's goal was to use brilliant color with geometric shapes, lines and points to create images that had no symbolic, figurative, or narrative elements.

Sonia Delaunay (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979) was a Jewish-French artist who, with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design.

  • HOMEWORK. At home: PRINT THIS BOOK, pages cover,1,2 and 3. Bring them and stick them in your notebook.

  • Pollock interactive. Dripping Art. It’s a simple click and move the mouse around affair, but the feeling of the paint splodging around is surprisingly pleasant. Each click changes the color. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Elements of Art

A lot of vocabulary, but do not worry, we are going to work with the elements of art one by one:

  1. Listen to the first video and create a list of keywords in your notebook (Title: Elements of art-vocabulary).
  2. Send a comment in this article with the list of words.
To comment: 
Remember to write your NAME+ the first letter of your SURNAME + COURSE.
I will publish your comments when all of you have done the task.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Digital typographies

First of all... a game for all the group:

Alphabets - Typography on PhotoPeach

And now, some interactive activities:
Activities for the computer room
  • Look, you will be able to build your name using letters from Flickr. Look at my name:
 letter O letra S letra A

If you want to build yours, this is the link: http://metaatem.net/words/. You only have to write the name in the white box, click on "spell" and you will get your letters. If you want to change the type, just click on each letter and a new one will apperar.  Click right mouse button on each letter to save it as a jpg image. You can use them in your school homeworks, posters, in headlines, titles, headings... or just to write a letter or a greeting card to a friend. This is more original than using Word or PowerPoint WordArt. Isn´t it?.
  • Periodic table writer. Try! 
  • Try another one. Using the software CoolText, we transform a text into amazing icons. I have used it and this is what I got:
  • The following one is in French, but I'm sure you will do with it: Coloriage Prenom.

Letters can be used to create whatever you like. Have a look:
Do you want to try?
And more:

Saturday, 10 October 2015


TYPOGRAPHY is what language looks like. 
It is the art and technics of type design.

Type the sky
Type the sky is an original project by Lisa Rienermann, a student of Duisburg-Essen University. Each letter is an empty space in the sky of Barcelona surrounded by buildings. She says: "Todo comenzó por la Q. Estaba en una pequeña calle de Barcelona y al mirar hacia arriba vi las casas, el cielo y las nubes. El área oscurecida por las casas dejaba entrever una forma en el cielo que parecía una Q. Esa fue la idea de la técnica. Pensé que si una Q me había encontrado a mi, no sería difícil que yo encontrara al resto del alfabeto. De modo que pasé semanas mirando al cielo, buscando el resto de las letras entre las casas."

Eating from A to Z! By Luiza P. (Flicker user). She says: “This project was conceived as a way to document my eating habits and routine, through the creation of an alphabet.“

A pop-up book.

Human alphabets
Human Alphabets 3

Human alphabets 2
Human alphabets 1

More examples:
  • Draw me a song: take a look to these wonderful typography examples. Posters.
  • Modular typography: Made typography using half moon shape as the negative space between box shapes. Then translated into cardboard sculptures mimicking the same design elements. Sculptures.
  • Fillingraphy on typography. Cakes!

Friday, 18 September 2015

The first task: TYPOGRAPHY

This is a task I like doing when we begin a new course. It let me get to know you, learn your names and, by the way, we work with a "popurrí" of items which we are going to work with along the next nine months.

I realize you don't understand very well what your are doing now. Don't worry, you will. We will hang them in our corks and we will have good references for the different topics we are going to deal with, such as technical drawing (parallelism, perpendicularity, Thales), image, typography, visual elements (dots, lines, colours, textures), design process, sketching ...

You will see your drawings published in this blog very soon....

Monday, 14 September 2015

Who are you?

Publishing comments on this blog sometimes will be a task in order to answer a question, give your opinion, do a challenge, ...
Therefore, I want you to begin with the first one:

I would like you to introduce yourselves.

1. Just click on "X comments", under this post.
2. Go to the bottom of the article:
3. Write your name followed by the initial of your surname and your course.
You can tell me about your hobbies or whatever you want to share with us.
Example: Nadia C. 1st A. Hello teacher. My hobbies are basketball and dancing.
4. Publish!
I moderate your comments, so, you will not see it immediately.

Art classroom rules

On your mark, get set, GO!

1st B and D: this year I am going to be your Visual Arts teacher.
Hope we have a great time learning content and language and... MAKING ART together!

The countdown is going to start:
And... by the way, we will use and learn new technologies (but... without forgetting the traditional techniques).

And everything LOVING ART!

IES José Saramago, Majadahonda.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Your tasks: 3rd ESO self-portraits

Exploding minds! 3rd of ESO C on PhotoPeach

Some of your bubblerized self-portraits:

Laura A. 3º C
Mariángeles L. 3º C
Andrea F. 3º C

Teresa S. 3º B

ANDREA                                      LAURA                                 MARIÁNGELES                             TERESA

And see how they've created their bubblerized images: