June 1, 2018
It has been an amazing and productive school year with an overflow of creativity, in what feels like a short amount of time. Students are zealous when they enter the art room to explore their visions. It is hard to believe that June is here; our final month. In the past few weeks we have continued working with fine motor skills and exercising our imaginations in all grades. Kindergarten learned the art of origami. They also learned how to take the image that they created and apply that to a personal scene. Folding paper into a dog, cat, swan or even a chameleon is a glorious challenge. Adding the location, time of day, lights and darks and total embellished details becomes a complex visual exercise. This lesson unit encourages students to express their unique style but also think more deeply about their subject. Our next instruction is called kiragami which includes a scissors.
First graders just completed their Australian aboriginal painted dots in spheres similar to Impressionism. They learned how to change colors with radial lines. This month they also will use semi-circles as they design their giant ice cream cones. Delicious.
Second graders took on Van Gogh’s Starry night concept and changed the elements of color and shape into their own New York city version. Warm colors with pastels and a Manhattan skyline are a beautiful and original combination. Vincent would approve. So, if they can make this here… they can make it anywhere. NY NY!
Third grade studied tessellations and how to create a repetitive design using a balanced color palette. Red is much heavier then yellow but not as strong as black. This art form is seen in the work of M.C.Escher which inspired student’s foundation with the principles of design in years to come. Symmetry is not just about shapes and lines as third graders loudly proclaimed.
Fourth grade uses their “viewfinder” to zero -in on extreme close-ups in their final charcoal still life drawing. Simple objects such as a key, a spoon, a bell, all begin with blocking in a shape. Students learned that they need their pencil lines to touch at least two sides of the paper to achieve this goal. This is our strategy in how to turn a mid-view into an extreme magnified close-up. When these artists add their favorite shading technique and white highlights each design pops right off the paper. It is wonderful to watch children observe beauty in everyday objects.
Fifth grade has been working on the unique Chinese Ming Dynasty functional ceramics. As they are inspired by the Asian renaissance of
blue and white porcelain, students were able to transfer these ancient designs into their own contemporary style. Modern day ideas are also their next and final project as students create a new logo for GOOGLE. Their originality will most likely be on display in the future!
I hope everyone experiences a ton of artistic fun during our summer break. Remember, art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment. Of course we know… the EARTH without art… is EH!