Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Isaiah Zagar Inspired Mosaics

In class this week, we have been studying Isaiah Zagar, who is most famous for his "Magical Gardens" in South Philadelphia. The students looked at images of his eye-catching and familiar artwork in our city, and they learned about the process of creating a mosaic. 

After studying Zagar and this form of art, my students constructed their own mosaics out of construction paper. The theme for these mosaics were the four seasons in honor of Earth Day on April 22. As they manipulated the paper "tiles" around the composition, their mosaics came together beautifully! See below for some student work!

Jimin, 11th grade

                           Minh, Grade 10                                                 Shamera, Grade 9

Amarilis, Grade 10

Daniel, Grade 12

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Young Artists" District Wide Art Show 2015

Welcome to Ben Franklin's new art blog! I am a new teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, and over the past 3 months I have been working with my amazing 9-12th graders. Each and every day, I am lucky to be teaching the artistic, hilarious, and enjoyable personalities of this school. In May 2015, the district is presenting an art show called "Young Artists" that some of my students were selected to be in. Below are some pictures of various projects they have created over the past school year!

Sharpie & Watercolor 11x14

Pencil 8x10

Colored Pencil & Conte Crayon 8x10

Styrofoam Print 8x10

Paper Mosaic 8x10

Sharpie & Watercolor 11x14

Styrofoam Print 10x13

Sharpie & Watercolor 11x14

Sharpie & Watercolor 11x14

Tempera Paint 11x14

Tempera Paint 11x14

Collage / Mixed Media 10x22