Tuesday, September 10, 2019

First Grade Dots

First graders listened to the wonderful book The Dot by local author Peter H. Reynolds. In the book, a little girl named Vashti says she can’t draw, then jabs the paper angrily to make a dot. The next day, the teacher has framed the dot on her board in swirly gold. This catapults Vashti onto an artistic journey of painting, drawing, and sculpting all kinds of dots. She even inspires another student to draw! 

We then looked at artwork by Wasily Kandinsky, who featured dots in many of his paintings. 

Inspired by his concentric circles, students used oil pastels and watercolor to create their own. Displayed together, we have created a beautiful dot mural! You can view the mural on the first floor bulletin board.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Presenting the Class of 2019

Every year, the graduating class creates a collaborative self-portrait project as a gift to the school. This year, we created reverse-painted acetate portraits. There were many layers to this project, both literally and metaphorically. First, they traced their photos onto acetate paper with Sharpie. We discussed contour lines and texture. Then, they learned how to choose and mix an analogous color scheme, and they painted the back of their portraits. Finally, we used gel thickener and acrylic paint to create paste paper, where they used tools to carve patterns and texture into another set of analogous colors. The results are striking! During the graduation ceremony, they will hold up their individual portraits when the group gift is presented.  Smaller duplicates of each portrait will be created so that they all fit in the frame as a collaborative gift. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Fifth Grade Notan Collage

Fifth graders learned the Japanese word Notan, which refers to the balance between darkness and light in art. Using this idea, they created collages with the balance of positive and negative space. The results are these striking examples of abstract art.

First Grade Self-Portraits

First graders explored the essential question: What can you tell about an artist from their self-portrait? We discussed portraits by Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Andy Warhol and the different lives these artists led.

With a step-by-step demo, they learned about the different lines, shapes, and proportions of the face to create these beautiful self-portraits.