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!