About Art Lab

Henderson State University offers a K-12 after school art program focused on a collaboration between Art Education students at Henderson State University and the community. Through this program, students learn various processes and skills that will carry them farther in their art education. Questions? Contact Mr. David Warren at warrend@hsu.edu or Ashleigh Mayes at am162613@reddies.hsu.edu

Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring 2011 classes

ArtLab is up and running for the Spring.   We have several new students who are excited about working in the HSU studios.   We are offering specialized instruction in Drawing, Sculpture, and Painting for High School students.   Check back for updates.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ocean Installation

My name is Lisa.  I taught the middle school Art Lab for several weeks, and we created an ocean installation.  We made the background by creating monoprints and a sidewalk chalk mural on paper.  We also made jellyfish using dura-lar (a plastic), enamel paint, yarn and fishing line.  Our coral is made out of styrofoam that we tore into pieces, glued together and painted.  
 A few frameworks for our installation are:

VA 6.5-8.9 Produce artwork using various alternative and traditional techniques and media
VA 6.5-8.14 Produce artwork inspired by or connected to other disciplines
VA 6.5-8.15 Engage in group interaction to create a collaborative work of art
These frameworks are applicable to our installation for several reasons.  We used a variety of techniques and media to create the installation, which is an alternative art form.  Our installation is directly connected to science, and as we made the different pieces of the installation we talked about the issues facing the world's oceans and the recent events with the oil spills.  During this project we used collaboration several times, the first was with the monoprints.  Everyone contributed and we had a great time.  We also collaborated to form our sidewalk chalk mural by passing around a sheet of paper and allowing everyone to contribute to the plan then working together to draw it.  Our final collaboration was in combining the individual and group pieces to form the installation.
I feel that our ocean installation lessons were pretty successful, we gave our students an opportunity to experience some nontraditional art forms and we had fun doing it.  Because we had a small group everyone had to work really hard to make enough monoprints and jellyfish to put into the installation.  Sometimes it was hard to finish our projecets in a hour because our Art Lab students were doing so much.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jellyfish Installation at Art Church

Artlab travelled to Artchurch in Hot Springs on October 23, 2010 to create and installation.   We worked with 13 young artists to create a jellyfish installation.   Artlab created the installation in two hours.   The jellyfish were constructed from plastic, yarn, fishing string, and paint.

Giant Collage Collaboration Piece

My name is Lauren Robinson :)My major is Art Education. I would like to teach the secondary, or high school, age groups. I did a collaboration piece with the girls from the high school Artlab group. The purpose of the project was to get the girls involved on a piece with me for my Senior show. The project helped them in furthering their knowledge in charcoal and introduced them to chalk pastels. I believe that the students learned how to successfully use the charcoal and pastels, along with learning how to take direction from an instructor/artist ( I feel weird saying that! :p). I assume that they had fun; they had shown up for class and seemed to enjoy the time they spent putting into the piece. They also seemed excited to come to the show to see it.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Picasso Self Portraits

Hello, all!

I'm Ashleigh Mayes and I'm the Art Lab assistant. I'm in attendance most every day (for every age group) to float around and help as I am needed. I also am creating and maintaining the blog that you are reading now. I'm an Art Education student who, before Art Lab, was determined to teach at the High School level. I'm not so sure about that now! Today, the class took a new direction (the "Under the Sea" installation pieces are complete!) and made mock-ups (copies in the style of) of Picasso's work. The kids embraced the limitations (no two colors could touch and the face had to be made of crazy shapes!) and the methods they had to learn to use oil pastels successfully. Many of the children drew more than one face so they could include more detail and color. I know that this is a good group of children simply because they never just do the assignment- they're always going above and beyond what is asked of them. This project offered the teacher (Jennifer) the opportunity to teach the children about Picasso's work, using oil pastels, and the basic layout of the human face. It also gave the kids the chance to problem solve (manipulating the pastels to get the desired look, designing their page and face layout, and avoiding areas of the same color touching). We used this project for the Middle School age group, but it could be adapted to younger children or young adults as needed. Here's a video clip of their experiences:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Clay Mask Project

ArtLab, September 20-22, Second Week, Second Session
     My name is Jennifer. For ArtLab, I chose a clay lesson plan that involves mask making as a form of self expression. This project was done with both elementary and high school students. The process was simple, I gave the students a prepared slab with a smaller piece for any wanted additions. We discussed the slip-and-score process and the reasons for it, then we went over the guidelines for the project itself. My goals for the students were simply that they learned the process it takes to make a mask, and they made an aesthetically pleasing, design oriented clay mask. The hardest part of this lesson was to keep students from making sharp edges which would, once fired, become dangerous to anyone touching the piece. I found that students enjoyed the freedom of this lesson, but often would be so distracted by the endless possibilities of clay that they would need a tighter guideline for what they should do. Although many classes would not be able to use traditional clay, air dry or oven fired clay would be an acceptable substitute. I would recommend this lesson for anyone who wants a hands-on lesson for their art students.