Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's December - Time to catch up!

November passed in a blur, but here at the beginning of December we are getting back into art in a serious way.  We have some great ceramics projects going on for all the grades - in fact the kiln is firing as I type this!


In the upstairs hallway we have a display of the Castles made by the 456 - check them out!

About Ceramics at VS...
When we do ceramics here at the Village School, we use low-fire clay body and fire in a moderate sized electric kiln to cone 05.  Each ceramic piece that the students make needs to be fired twice, and the kiln reaches temperatures of nearly 1,900 Fahrenheit! When students make a piece of of wet or "green clay" it needs to fully dry - until no longer cool to the touch, which can take a couple of days to a week depending on ambient temperature, humidity, and other factors.  At this point the clay is "bone dry" and it takes it's first trip through the kiln.  When fired once, the clay is called bisque ware, and can then be glazed.  When the clay piece is fully glazed and the bottom clean it can be fired again for a glaze firing.  At this point the ceramic piece is finished!



23 Is taking home their Sun & Moon paintings this week and on display are the sculptural forest pieces the students created after listening to the story of the Cherokee Legend of the Cedar Tree.



K1 has finished their Growth theme and we have moved on in art as well!  We have created ceramic "Funny Face" masks, Hand collages, and will be working on a piece inspired by names this week.

 


 PreK Has done watercolor leaf painting, ceramics and has experimented with ink on transparency paper in the past few weeks, we will be glazing this week and having fun with collage next week!

Monday, October 23, 2017

October Art Adventures - Textures, Printing, and Castles!

 

For the past two weeks both the K1 and the PreK students were able to have art class outside! 

We had a blast the first week discovering texture through leaf rubbings and texture hunts.  The second week we explored texture through stamping; the K1 used different found natural materials like leaves, sticks, and grasses, and the PreK used a variety of stamps made in different shapes and patterns.




 On the 12th, 2/3 listened to the native american myth "When Tcikabis Trapped the Sun" and then explored warm VS cool colors in a sun/moon watercolor painting using wax resist painting techniques.  These are on display outside their classroom - take a look.

Last week we switched media and dove into printmaking!  After discussing the aspect of respect for the natural world and talking about ways to care for our environment, we made large-scale prints using a variety of reused and recycled materials - packing materials, feed bags, egg cartons, foam circles, and more.  Some students got creatively messy in the process! Next week we look forward to starting a 3D sculpture project - hopefully working outdoors, should the weather cooperate!






Two weeks ago the 4/5/6 students learned about function and form in architecture in the guise of gargoyles.  We talked about the probable derivation of their name, the difference between gargoyles and grotesques, and the functional purpose of gargoyles. Ask a student to share what they learned with you!

We applied that knowledge to designing our own gargoyles.  The students were challenged to design gargoyles with expressions other than angry or scary, using charcoal.


This past week the 4/5/6 students, myself, George, and Myra took on the gigantic project of clay castles!  The students took on this challenging project, leading to a medieval kingdom's worth of clay castles drying in the kiln room before being fired.  These castles will go through a bisque firing process, then students will glaze the castles and they will be fired a final time - it will be a few weeks until the finished projects are presented, but well worth looking forward to!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Circles, Colors & Lanterns!



One of the most enthusiastic art projects in the last week has been the PreK Shape & Color Exploration project!  We looked for circles in our surroundings outside, observed Wassily Kandinsky's Color exploration study where he nested circles of different colors together to test how the colors reacted to each other, and then made a collage inspired by Kandinsky's work!  These pieces are on display outside of PreK.

The finished Feather "wreath" - a collaboration of work by 2/3.

 

Finally, last week K/1, 2/3, and 4/5/6 all created their watercolor paintings on the special non-absorbant, translucent Yupo paper, which will soon become their Lanterns for the Lantern walk!

Coming up this week: Leaf Rubbings, Design Your Own Plant, Sky/Moon & Warm/Cool, and Charcoal Gargoyles!

Friday, September 29, 2017

After School Art

To answer the question many are asking...Yes! After School Art is back later this fall, WooHoo!  Once the weather cools a bit we will start up our After School Art Program again.  I plan on starting it up mid-November, holding 4-week sessions again though the beginning of spring.

Look for information on the first session in mid-to-late October, spots go fast!

We may be exploring one of the following themes: Handmade Gifts, Drawing in Color, Fabric Design, and/or Magnificent Modern Artists...we will see!

- Elizabeth

Art in Late September

Just like that, we have seen the last of September!




Preschool students made watercolor chameleon paintings, inspired by photos of multi-colored chameleons last week.  We were able to build on our watercolor skills started the week before and add the wax resist painting technique to their repertoire.  We worked outdoors in art this week, creating oil pastel and seed flowers inspired by their imaginations and surroundings.






K1 students Finished glazing their cups, did a creativity exercise in line and shape with oil pastels and created imaginary flowers in chalk pastel.  Their "The Dot" inspired napkins and ceramic cups are in the classroom and ready to be used!



2nd and 3rd grade students were able to glaze their ceramic feathers and did a line and shape creativity exercise, which they found riveting!  We spent our past class exploring the theme of feathers again, but through the media of wax-resist watercolor painting.  We then finished by making some sketches for our Lanterns for the Lantern Walk, which we will be working on in watercolor next week.







Last week the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students were introduced to single-point perspective drawing using simple shapes, embellished with bright colors and bold lines.  These mini art works are on display in their classroom currently.  This week we had a little extra time together, so not only did we complete some idea sketches for the Lanterns they will complete next week, but we also got to dive into contour line drawing and continuous line drawing - both inside and outside. 

The continuous contour line drawing exercises went very well!  This is a challenging practice where you draw an object, mostly in outline, without picking your mark-making instrument (pen, marker, etc.) off of the page at all.  This exercise is meant to stretch horizons and embolden your future artistic choices, not necessarily produce frame-able art, however, sometimes the results are stunning!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The first two weeks

We have spent our first two weeks of Art getting reacquainted with the basics and routines in art.



PreK started off with the book Lines that Wiggle and did free line drawings in oil pastel, then we read Rainbow Fish (a perennial favorite) and explored painting with watercolor!  Line and color are both important elements of design!

   

K1 has spent the first two weeks in projects of tradition - starting their ceramic clay cups, drawing a first portrait, and making napkins!  The cups have been bisque fired and will be glazed this week and fired for a final time after tomorrow. The napkins are painted acrylic pieces, inspired by the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  The have covered ceramic techniques, and introduced shape as an element of design as well as the inspiration that everyone can create!


23 students made Native American inspired clay feathers already - with glazing slated for this week, and drew their own "World Maps" on the back of a turtle as inspired by the Turtle Island myth.  These non-representational free-form maps are on display outside of Shannon's class room and reveal a great variety of character among our cartographers!
456 was challenged the first day to make two self-portraits, one raw and un-coached, the second with some proportional guidance and the aid of mirrors.  The second week we dove into a theme-based project that looks at composition and lettering as decoration creating illuminated letters.


Coming up this week we will be exploring color mixing, line, glazing, and 1-point perspective - so much fun to have!  See you Thursday!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome Back!

September 2017 - Welcome back to a new year at the Village School!  I am excited to have started a new artistic adventure with all my students this fall.  This year we will continue to have art classes on Thursdays, and I am continuing to visit the preschool every week as well as K-6.

My goal for the students this year is to encourage them to exercise their creativity - in class and on their own - in such a way that it informs their artistic decisions and becomes an enjoyable and life-giving activity.

Over the course of the year I plan to introduce and reinforce good studio and artistic habits, the elements and principles of design, and a wide variety of media from ceramics to metal tooling!  The overarching curricula for each class will address the essentials of art in developmentally appropriate ways, while encouraging students to rise to their own challenges, stretch their horizons, and enjoy!

I also look forward to bringing back the After School Art program, starting later in the fall - keep your eyes out for more information!

- Liz

Saturday, July 22, 2017

2016-2017 Video Recap



Enjoy a quick video recap of the 2016-2017 year in Art!
I can't wait to see what next year brings. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pre-School Art

  


Pre-School Art

The goal of preschool art is to introduce children to a wide variety of artistic media and ideas and let them explore them.  This is sometimes accomplished in very specific led projects and sometimes we have more experimental classes.

Welcome to The Art Blog




Welcome!  My name is Elizabeth - the students call me Liz - and I have the privilege to be the art teacher at The Village School.  This blog will be covering some of the art curriculum I cover with students in grades PreK-6, photos of student work, upcoming events, and other art opportunities.

Enjoy!