Thursday, February 25, 2016

Action Painting Week 1

Students in art began learning about action painting this week.  Action painting, sometimes called "gestural abstraction", is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied.  For their first project, they looked at the work of artist Pat Steir, whose large drip paintings resemble waterfalls or rainstorms.  We discussed how color can be mixed on paper and had lots of fun pouring primary colors--red, yellow, and blue--onto large sheets of paper.  Students that have art two times a week did an extension activity using straws, rather than paintbrushes, to move small pools of paint around the page.  Instead of worrying about splashes and spills, our young artists embraced chance playing a roll in their artwork.  Their paintings turned out beautifully and we even discovered that we have some true action painters in our program.  We hope you like the work.  Check in next week for work influenced by the artist Jackson Pollock.

This artist used a straw to move paint around the page to create this beautiful and delicate work.

One of our experimental action painters hard at work.

A bright and colorful drip painting inspired by the work of Pat Steir.

One of our artists adding blue to his action painting and watching to see what happens when it mixes with red.

One creative artist poured two primary colors, blue and yellow. at once to make green.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Brooklyn Borough Arts Festival School Finalists

Congratulations Jamie and Darius! These two talented young artists are our school finalists for this year's Brooklyn Borough Arts Festival.  Good Luck!

One Night In Fall

The Red Path
Tempera Paint

Yellow is the Color of Autumn

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year!

Students in art class have been celebrating the Year of the Monkey by learning about Chinese calligraphy.  We looked at examples of calligraphy from Ancient China, as well as a variety of work by contemporary Chinese artists.  Students made observations, compared work from different artists, used their sketchbooks to practice, and then applied new concepts by creating their own collaborative calligraphy scrolls.  We had so much fun with this project and hope you enjoy the work!  Happy Lunar New Year!

Kimora carefully follows the examples of Chinese characters using a large brush.

One of our artist's sketchbooks used to practice the many different characters.

Students used a large brush on scroll paper to create our collaborative calligraphy piece.  They were able to choose between red and black ink and from 36 different characters including friendship, dream, sun, moon, and flower.

Our first finished collaborative calligraphy scroll.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PS Art 2016 School Finalists

Congratulations to our 2016 PS Art School Finalists!
High School: Kashief, Kevin, Elmer, and Dedvidt
Middle School: Aaron, Cory, Jacob, and Jamie

Kashief's beautiful watercolor painting, "The Jazz Trio."
"40/40" is a wonderful painterly watercolor still life by Kevin.
Dedvidt created this amazing seven color etching titled, "Color Leaves."

A fantastic multi color etching, "A Fall Day," by Elmer.

A bright and colorful etching called "The Green Leaf," by Aaron.

A fun three color print called "Leaf Extravaganza," created by Cory.

A fauvist inspired tempera painting made by Jacob, with the appropriate title, "Awesome Colors."

An observational watercolor painting called "The Blue Still Life," by Jamie.