Visual Arts Update - November 2016
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Thanks, Steven Rae
Visual Arts Update - September 2016
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Visual Arts Update - March 2016
Kindergarten classes with Mr. Rae have completed folders and they will be making their way home in the next few days. Then those classes will be starting a clay unit that will tie into the science curriculum and the classes’ studies of fish.
Kindergarten with Ms. Bellve have finished self-portraits and have begun to explore a printmaking unit. Initially students “stamped” and made prints with various materials exploring line, shape, texture and overlap. In these art works students are exploring how to create a composition that transfers images using stamps, stencils and printmaking tools. Currently we are creating Collagraphs to explore printing many images from the same source.
First graders finished expressive self-portraits. They painted self-portraits in order to express an emotion and suggest a feeling. They choose colors in order to express their feeling. Now they are working on drawing their family. Students are making intentional marks to tell a story about who is in their family and what their family look like.
Second graders are also bringing home their portfolios filled with wonderful work that they have created so far this year.
Third graders have begun to look at the artwork of artists Georgia O’Keefe and Joan Mitchell. With this inspiration and the subject matter of flowers students are being asked to “stretch & explore” how they usually approach drawing and painting. Drawing in various ways and painting with multiple techniques to explore mark making, variety in line, visual cues to show form and space and overall an artistic expression.
Fourth graders recently brought home their portfolios filled with all their observational drawings and paintings from the year. The covers of those portfolios were covered with prints that were created by the students and inspired by their studies from earlier in the year. These students are now busy creating self- portraits.
Fifth grade students are busy finishing their imaginary bird sculptures. This work comes directly from their science curriculum. Students have been using newly acquired knowledge to create their sculptures. A wide variety of materials were used by all the students to decorate their birds.
Sixth graders are now actively creating endangered animals in clay. Students were asked to research an animal of their choice from the Endangered Species list. Using this new found knowledge and some images that were found and printed, students then created a series of original sketches. These sketches then were used to create an original sculpture. The finished pieces will be fired and glazed.
Many seventh graders have recently completed abstract name design paintings using fonts and colors of their choice. Some students have moved onto creating original monogram designs that will be transferred into original monogram sculptures.
Eighth graders are busy creating self-portraits through a printmaking unit. Students have created an original drawing and have transferred that drawing to linoleum and are craving and running test prints.