Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!
A beautiful paper weaving for Kwanzaa created by Ali.  

A festive seasonal wreath created by Henry.

Some of the many ornaments we created in art to decorate our tree for the holiday show.
Jimmy created the cute penguin.  Great job everyone!!

Monday, December 16, 2013


Students have been busy creating foam plate etchings of New York City.  We began by looking at the work of artist Red Grooms and his very detailed portrayals of life in the Big Apple.  We then learned about the process of printmaking and many new vocabulary words such as plate, proof, edition, etc.  Etching is an art process that allows you to make multiple copies of the same image.  Traditionally, artists have used metal or glass plates...but we simply used styrofoam!  You can even use a styrofoam plate to recreate the project at home. Creating an etching involves many steps.  First, students etched their image into a styrofoam plate using a pencil.  Second, they rolled ink onto their plates.  Next, they transferred the image from the plate onto their paper.  Finally, students signed and numbered their prints. Some students created a background for their prints using watercolor or colored tissue paper collage, while other students chose to print on a solid color.  Many classes worked together to print buildings in various colors for a large collaborative project.  We hope you enjoy the final prints!

Anthony rolls ink onto his foam plate. Check out his finished print below.

Jamil makes sure he covers all corners and edges with ink. Check out his finished print below.

Eric's beautiful cityscape at night.

An incredible, very detailed print of the twin towers.

A wonderful cityscape printed on watercolor.

Anthony's finished etching of his neighborhood.

Jamil's finished print of The Statue of Liberty at night. Great Job!

A fantastic cityscape drawn in perspective.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MoMa Partnership

This fall, three of our classes had the amazing opportunity to work with the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMa, in an art partnership.  Students learned about contemporary art from our favorite visiting artist Ms. K.  During our partnership, students looked at artists such as Robin Rhodes and William Kentridge.  They created mixed media work incorporating Polaroid photography as well as an incredible animation.  The workshop will conclude this winter with a trip to the museum.  We hope you enjoy the work.

Justin uses ripped construction paper to help create a collage character for the animation in the style of South African artist William Kentridge.

Robert arranges the collaged character on the sunprint background.  He moves the dog only about 1/2 an inch each frame.  He then signals to the director to record the frame.

Pharoah directs the scene and uses the computer to record each movement the animator makes.
This process is called stop animation.  Great teamwork everyone!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! This week students made stuffed sculptures of a delicious dinner in the style of American sculptor Claes Oldenburg.  We had fun stuffing paper bags and sculpting paper to look like turkey, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.  Students also played a game called "Roll-A-Turkey" to win parts to create colorful cut paper collages.  We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Landscape Painting

Our students have been hard at work creating beautiful landscape.  We looked at two paintings in art class and compared them.  The first was a Dutch landscape and the second was a Fauvist painting, "A Moroccan Landscape" by the artist Henri Matisse.  Students observed the different colors that each artist used and how that changed the mood of the painting.  We then discussed primary and secondary colors and learned to mix orange, green, and purple using red, blue, and yellow.  Students drew their own landscapes and then mixed their own paints to complete their artwork.  Their paintings are masterpieces!
Kimora mixes colors to complete her painting.

A landscape showing all primary and secondary colors.
Can you name them all?

This artist used white to make his colors lighter.
Can you find the camel in this painted desert?

Kevin and Jeremy are hard at work.

Brightly colored trees in a forest.

Jonathan mixed many colors to paint this mountain landscape.

Can you find all of the fish in this underwater landscape?

A beautiful abstract painting showing all primary and secondary colors.

Kevin's finished landscape.  Great Job!

Franklyn and Kevin work on their landscapes.

A colorful underwater landscape by Jamil.

A wonderful seascape at night.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What's The Point?

Just ask one of our students to tell you what they learned about the artist George Seurat and the style called "Pointillism!" This technique uses small dots of color to create a larger image.  Our artists created their paintings using tempera paint and Q-tips!

 Jeremy works on his painting using primary and secondary color paints, and Q-Tips.

A beautiful landscape demonstrating Pointillism.

This artist created a portrait entirely of dots.

A detail of a portrait created by one of our young artists.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Art Workshop Scholarships

Deadlines for three fantastic art workshop opportunities are fast approaching.  These programs can offer our talented artists unique creative experiences and social skill development.  The School Art League offers programs for sophomores and juniors during school breaks, the International Center for Photography's Teen Academy gives students a chance to learn photography, and the Summer Arts Institute at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts offers programs in dance, theater, music, film and art, but is by audition only-if you are interested please contact me to prepare your student's portfolio and practice interview.  Links to all of the programs are below, or you may contact me at the school to send home paper copies of the applications with your child.

The School Art League


Summer Arts Institute


Have you ever seen a green cow?  We hadn't either until we looked at the paintings of the artist Franz Marc.  Students learned about primary and secondary colors and then created their own brightly colored animal using oil pastels.  In the process they discovered purple penguins, green lions, blue zebras, and rainbow lizards! The finished drawings are beautiful and sooooo creative!

"Blue and Orange Tiger" by Kevin

"Orange and Purple Penguin" by Charles

"Fox and Wolf" by Franklyn

"Yellow Rhino Family" by Matthew

"Purple and Blue Zebra" by Isaiah

"Green Bird" 

Parent Teacher Night

Just a reminder, parent/teacher conferences are this Thursday.  Please stop by Art in room 303 to see what we have been working on!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Family Resources

Have you ever wondered about Saturday or after school programs for Art?  Check out the Board of Education's Family Resources page for current information about upcoming programs and deadlines.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Today students had a fantastic time celebrating Halloween at our Fall Harvest Festival!  Many students wore costumes to school, while others wore the Venetian style masks that they made in art class.  We also decorated the auditorium with our artwork.  Students studied the work of artists including Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, and Diego Rivera while making decorations. Have a safe and fun holiday!

Our Harvest Festival banner inspired by the artist Henri Matisse.

Isaiah shows off his beautiful mask.

A leaf print showing warm and cool colors.

A "Day of the Dead" banner on stage.

A "sugar" skull created by stamping.