Rosedale Adaptive Art Update

Rosedale Adaptive Art Class artists have been hard at work, here is an update of our recent projects!

Week 1 – Heart Boxes

When Valentine’s Day began approaching, we encouraged our Rosedale students to get into the spirit by decorating heart-shaped boxes. With the February Art Show right around the corner, our focus was to create a product that could potentially be sold. This exercise challenged our students to design a product, paint and decorate their design, and think about the functionality of the product. We used mixed media such as paint, ribbon, buttons, and glitter so each student could create a unique box.

Week 2 – Collaborative Canvas

This week our artists were given the opportunity to work collaboratively on a large canvas. Our goal was to create a piece of work for the Rosedale Ride Fundraiser. This encouraged our students to use art to support a cause by raising money and to create something of value. The art instructors prepped the canvas using hot glue to create different sections on the canvas. The students then used a color palette to paint in the different sections on the canvas. To prepare for this activity, each student had their own sheet of paper with a heart shape made out of hot glue. The students practiced painting inside and outside of the heart using paint and ink. This exercise allowed students to practice independently and then transfer the activity into a collaborative piece.

Digital Media Component

As the students came up to paint a section of the canvas on the easel, an iPad, set up on a tripod, filmed the students. We used the time-lapse function on an app on the iPad to create a short video of the painting of the canvas from start to finish. Students were able to view their classmates through the camera as it was recording. After the canvas was finished, we played the time-lapse video for the students so they could view the process.

Week 3 – Paper Mache Masks Part 1, Foundation

This week our students began a long-term project of creating Paper Mache masks. The instructors prepared pre-cut strips of newspaper, a glue mix, and balloons. Students then took the paper strips, dipped them in glue, and smoothed them on the balloon. This was an activity that allowed students to work on their technical and fine motor movements. In addition, we encouraged students to embrace the idea of really committing to the artwork by getting messy with the glue. We provided gloves to encourage students to participate even if they didn’t want to get glue on their hands.

Week 4 – Paper Mache Masks Part 2, Character Development

We continued to work on our Paper Mache masks this week by introducing the concept of the Star Wars parody film our Digital Media Class is working on. Students were able to brainstorm ideas for a character that would be an extra in our movie. Students began the character development process by painting the foundation of the mask. They focused on choosing colors, shapes, and designs for their character. This was the second week of the Paper Mache project so we stressed the concept of persevering through each step of a long-term art project.

Digital Media Component

Students used the iPads to research ideas for the characters they wanted to develop for the masks. They found pictures of the characters and used these pictures as inspiration while they painted designs and shapes on their masks.

Week 5 – Paper Mache Masks Part 3, Detailing

This week the students made their mask characters come to life. Students added 3D elements to their masks using unconventional materials set out by the art instructors. The students used toilet paper rolls, yarn, plastic tubes, sequins, and ribbon to complete their character for the movie. Art supplies were scattered over the tables. Each student was able to pick and choose the materials they wanted to use to develop their character. Having the materials out in front of the students fostered their creativity as they each had their own ideas for how the materials could be used. The students really got creative with this project as each mask became a unique character.

Digital Media Component

After the masks were complete, we had the students model their masks and take turns photographing one another.

Week 6 – Paper Mache Masks Part 4, Filming

This was an exciting week as our Paper Mache mask project was used for another project. The students were able to use their masks while acting as extras in our filming of a Star Wars parody in our Digital Media Class. The students were exposed to a set, props, and costumes as we filmed two different scenes. The props were made from art supplies such as palettes, rags, and paint. This allowed the students to creatively use each prop in an unconventional way. Overall, the art instructors stressed the accomplishment of starting a project, working on it for multiple weeks, and using the completed project to create a new project. After the filming, students were given the opportunity to create Get Well cards for a Rosedale employee using paper and markers.

Digital Media Component

This week really exposed the students to a more complete view of filmmaking. Students engaged with the set, props, and costumes. In addition, the green screen and filming concepts such as “action” and “quiet on the set” were introduced. Students were coached throughout the acting process. They also assisted with the calling cues and setting up scenes. We created two sets and two scenes which required students to transition both physically and mentally as they played a new part in the film. Students were encouraged to get creative with their acting as we filmed for most of the class.

Week 7 – Paper Mache Masks Part 5, Movie Posters

After filming the movie, we chose to create movie posters featuring each
student with their mask. Using an app on the iPad, Adobe Capture, we photographed the students with their masks. This app created a black and white drawing. We printed out the black and white photos and each student was able to color their mask by hand using markers.

 Digital Media Component

We scanned the prints with the colored masks into the computer. Each student was able to work with an instructor in the Photoshop software to create the movie poster. The students were exposed to different tools within Photoshop that allowed them to layer pictures, create a background, and enhance or change the color of objects. The movie posters marked the culmination of our long-term project.

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