I just had to put that as a title. However, my students were not under any pressure. Pressure was the latest theme for my Art 2: Painting/Drawing students. This was an interesting theme. The students had some wonderful ideas, but a few just never hit the mark.
I added into the mix printmaking–both collograph and block. I also addedpainting–watercolors (paints and pencils) and acrylics. Funny thing was, almost every student chose to use block printing. I asked them about it after the fact and some said they really liked the carving aspect, but some said they thought they had to do block prints. I looked at them with a questioning look on my face. We discussed, again, that they could use any medium they wanted for their work. Hopefully they get that now. I am unsure what I said or did for them to get that impression.
I have 6 life skill students in my class. Most of them chose to do block prints. I want to highlight Noah’s. While I am sure that what he did had no ties to pressure, I love this piece. He has been scribbling since day one and he has developed so much. I love this piece.
This next piece is also by a life skills student. Deven is one of my more advanced LS kids. He plays football and much of his work is centered on it. His pressure piece is no exception.
This piece had so much potential when I talked with this student. We talked about the pressure from people looking at us and watching us. I think the execution missed the mark.
The rest are pieces that are super successful. These are my favorites from the group.