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We will have a school wide art show this month so mark your calendars. The art show will run the same dates as the book fair. The art show will be displayed on the stage in the cafeteria and will be on display from Friday, March 22 - Thursday March 28th. We will have the official "opening" on Tuesday March 26th from 4-6. This will take place at the same time as the book fair hot dog supper, so if you are attending that event, come to the stage and view the art show as well. In addition to paintings and drawings we will have some fun sculptures as well. I have pictured the donut sculptures middle school has been working on this week below. We hope to see you there!
Posted by justin.holdren  On Mar 04, 2024 at 2:22 PM
We have been having a blast in the art room over the last month and half since we started second semester. I have shared below just some of the great art that middle and high school have produced. The pictures are a mix of finished projects as well as classroom process exercises to allow the students to learn the media we are working with. We have a schoolwide art show coming up at the end of March and I will make a post with all of the details soon. Enjoy looking at the art below! Ink and Watercolor (High School) Ink and Watercolor (High School) Ink and Watercolor (High School) Watercolor (High School) Zentangle Designs (Middle and High School) Zentangle Designs (Middle and High School) Picasso inspired Abstract Portraits (Middle and High School) Ink and Watercolor (High School)
Posted by justin.holdren  On Feb 15, 2024 at 11:57 AM
We have had fun over the last few weeks working on winter themed projects with elementary classes. Middle and High School have been learning how to sculpt with air dry clay. Their finished sculptures were painted with acrylic paint after a few days of drying. It is so rewarding to walk in the art room and see many art projects in progress! These students have done so great this semester with their projects, and I hope they continue to do art after they leave art class. Below are some examples of elementary, middle, and high school projects we have been working on. I included examples of some sculptures before they were painted as well as some finished with paint. We will start reviewing portfolios this week and I hope the students see how their skills have progressed this semester. Enjoy the art! Elementary Winter collage project High School Clay Sculptures Unpainted High School Sculptures unpainted Middle School Sculpture Painted  Middle School Sculpture Paint Process in Progress High School Sculpture Painted High School Sculpture Painted High School Sculptures Painted High School Sculptures Painted High School Sculpture Painted
Posted by justin.holdren  On Dec 06, 2023 at 12:28 PM
In the art room over the last few weeks we have been doing various mixed media projects. This has included everything from low relief cardboard sculptures and ink on painted backgrounds for high school to various forms of printing with elementary and middle school. Since the "Day of the Dead" celebration was this week which honor those that have passed, high school art also did a one day project of themed art using either animals or the traditional sugar skulls representing that. We often study the traditional art of other cultures, and the students learn techniques used to make that art which broadens their skill set. Although we do complete larger finished projects each month, we do a lot of process-based learning in high school and middle school which focuses on learning the process to make the art which doesn't always result in a finished piece. Learning the process is important in order to get to those finished pieces. Below are some examples of things we have worked on the last few weeks.   Elementary monoprint designs with black paint High School Low relief cardboard sculpture High School Ink Drawing over painted paper High School Day of the Dead Themed animal art
Posted by justin.holdren  On Nov 02, 2023 at 10:49 AM 2 Comments
For the last week of September, we focused on studying various forms of Mexican Inspired Folk Art and created designs based on that style to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The students created some amazing pieces and I have shared a few examples below. Mexican Folk Art Designs focus more or bright colors and flat shapes and patterns instead of images with a lot of realistic shading. We worked on some version of these designs with Elementary, Middle, and High School Classes. I am so proud of these kids and their hard work! I hope you enjoy the examples below. The captions below each picture will tell you if the piece was Elementary, Middle, or High School artwork. Enjoy! Elementary Middle School Middle School Middle School High School High School High School High School
Posted by justin.holdren  On Oct 05, 2023 at 10:54 AM
Welcome to the blog for Rivermill Academy's Visual Arts Department! My name is Mr. Holdren and I am the K-12 art teacher here at RMA. I will be posting weekly to this blog to share what we are working on Elementary Art, Middle School, and High School as well as sharing photos of amazing work done by our students! This is also the place to get updates on opportunities for your kids like art competitions, shows, and school art related topics. I have been a working Freelance visual artist for almost twenty years, and I have a passion for art and enjoy sharing that passion and the things I've learned as a working artist with our students. Featured below are some giant junk food papier mache sculptures made by last year's second semester high school art class. They did an awesome job on these and one of the students sold their sculpture to an interested buyer getting their first art sale! We will feature some more student artwork in the next post! Stay tuned! Junk Food Art Sculptures
Posted by justin.holdren  On Sep 22, 2023 at 2:30 PM