For our first collaborative project of the year, all the students (and some teachers too!) worked on a feather to be part of two giant wings, which are now on display in the back hallway near the restrooms. The students learned a little song about tints and shades (found here on YouTube, beware it’s catchy!) and then used tempera paint to color their feather from light to dark. We finished off our decorations on the feathers with white colored pencil. Because our conceptual lens this year is “challenge”, we each wrote something on the feather that we were going to challenge ourselves with this year. The finished artwork looks amazing on the wall, so be sure to stop by with your child and see if they can find their feather!
We started out the year in Art classes by exploring the Greek Geometric Period and how they used their designs on pottery. Every grade level created a slightly different piece, from watercolor to mixed media to scratch board. They will be on display in the back hallway for the next few weeks if you’d like to check them out!
We have been working hard in the Art Room already this year. Every student in the school contributed to an analogous color mural that is now on display in the back hallway. Preschool and Younger Kids have also worked on line and color blending projects and are just finishing up a warm color, oil pastel blending project (with Egyptian pyramid silhouettes!) Middle Kids and Older Kids have been working several class periods on foil embossing Egyptian art forms and then antiquing them. They are starting to be hung in the back hallway as well, so be sure to stop by and check them out soon.
We stretched the boundaries of our whole-child approach in January by combining Art and P.E.! Younger Kids first created some Keith Haring inspired figures in Art class, and then followed up with a P.E. class where they examined each figure and had to do their best to recreate the “pose” or “motion” with their own bodies. Some figures presented more of a challenge than others!
Middle Kids finished up their South America prints this week. They watercolored a background piece and then cut a map of South America into a piece of styrofoam (backwards!), inked it and printed it onto their backgrounds. You can see them on display outside the Middle Kid classrooms. The kids were very excited to lift up the styrofoam “plate” to see what they had created. If you go see them, look for the details that make each piece their own.
Older Kids worked on a quick paper batik project today and the results were pretty fantastic, so we thought we’d share a few. Here are their maps of South America, made with wax resist and watercolors. It’s a tricky technique and they worked hard to transfer the wax and use detail in their painting. Nicely done!
We’ve had so much fun the past few weeks in the Art Room! Preschool has been exploring stamping and creating texture with leaf prints. The Younger Kids each created a fantastic watercolor of some koi fish, painted from the overhead perspective (or bird’s eye view) that are hanging in the hallway outside the technology classroom right now. Middle Kids and Older Kids finished up their metallic relief sea creatures and did an awesome print making project where we learned about positive and negative space in artwork and how to make a gelatin print with a leaf. Here are a few photos to give you a glimpse of some of the fun activities!
All the grade levels have been learning about Japanese artist Hokusai’s print “The Great Wave” to go along with our school-wide topic unit on oceans. It’s been fun to see each child’s creative interpretation of the image. Each grade level reproduced the image with different media and techniques. I hope to have them displayed around school this week.
All the Rivendell artists have been working hard on a collaborative art piece that will be on display during our Back to School Night, this Thursday, September 4th. Each student created a tracing of their own hand and then used some of the techniques we have been working on for Line and Pattern to decorate the hands. Don’t forget to stop by the bulletin board in the hallway between the Art Room and the Preschool Rooms to see the finished product! Here are some Younger Kids hard at work this week….