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.