December 2017

“Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines, color and the relationship between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.”                        -Piet Mondrian                                                                          We continue to learn the concrete fundamental elements of art using step by step instruction combined with practice, practice and practice. The more they do, the better their artistry will develop. I change each subject, media and inspiration from lesson to lesson, however students always work in these three important areas: brainstorming ideas, art making and visual reflection. When they work in this triad of skills, students gain patience, focus, pride and confidence in their work.

Kindergarten students have been exploring various materials creating lines of all types of expression. This month they are inspired by Piet Mondrian and his use of directional (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) lines and primary colors. They enthusiastically learn how to use the color wheel and the various palette combinations to support their individuality.


First grade loves the art of the feline that is depicted by the delightful artist Laurel Burch. Students learn how to cast their line in a curved shaped to create the cat in a relaxed position. Next they will design patterns of shapes and colors with oil pastels. Stay tuned for this new gallery of work.


20171127_154940-2.jpgSecond Grade worked exceptionally hard creating watercolors of autumn leaves falling through the sky using the “wet on wet” technique and then casting shadows. They also practiced close observation with  positive and negative space and how to transfer designs accordingly. Their Native American pictographs on a dreamcatcher are the upcoming project.

Third grade is beginning their wonderful cultural experience with Brazil and the beauty depicted in Carnival. They will investigate, explore and create artistry of contour lines, symmetry, enhancements and much, much more.

Fourth Grade has completed their Gustav Klimt metallic portrait designs and they are amazing with radiant details and individual creativity. Look forward to viewing these in their classroom. The next exciting assignment will be generating ideas in regard to the historical culture of stained glass and how it has been featured in Mosques and the Gothic Cathedrals.                                     Stay tuned 20171110_143125.jpgfor this glorious exhibit.

Fifth grade also completed their unconventional artistic portraits inspired by Joseph Cornell. The process included combining cardboard earthtones with relief sculpture in a completely unique style. The next assignment will be very different with a focus on observational drawing and the use of shading, fabric texture and value.