Monday, November 28, 2016

Matisse in Many Styles

Last week students finished a series of different projects inspired by the artist Henri Matisse.  Students learned about Fauvism, and explored how Matisse used bright bold colors and patterns in his artwork.  We discussed several still life paintings by the artist and looked at how Matisse used pattern to flatten space.  After using their sketchbooks to plan their projects, our amazing artists created many beautiful watercolors, tempera paintings, and collages inspired by Matisse.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sketchbook Club - Collage

Today in Sketchbook Club students looked at the collages from DaDa and Surrealism.  Students explored how the artists used photos from newspapers, magazines, and media sources and layered and juxtaposed different images.  Our young artists first created their own collages in their sketchbook and then redrew them on the opposite page.  Students shared with each other which images they chose and how they combined them to tell a new story.  Everyone had a lot of fun and we are looking forward to creating DaDa poetry and playing surrealist games next session.

Thank You Kids in Need Foundation!

Thank you to the Kids In Need Foundation for awarding our art program a  Kids In Need Teacher Grant sponsored by ArtSkills!!! Our project "Don’t Cry Over Spilled Ink! Learning About Japanese Suminagashi Prints" was funded for this year and we are so excited to get started!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Exploring Pattern

Last week in art class, students started learning about the artist Henri Matisse.  Matisse is a French artist known for his brightly colored and  boldly patterned paintings and paper cut outs.  Students looked at his still life paintings and discussed what they saw and how the use of pattern changed the space of the painting.  They then used their sketchbooks to explore pattern further.  Over the next couple of weeks, students use their sketches to help in painting their own still life, using pattern in the foreground and background.  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

When They Go Low, We Go High

"When they go low, we go high."
-Michelle Obama

This week I have been searching for answers.  How do I talk to my students about their future?  
To all of my amazing students, you are wonderfully talented artists and intelligent young men and women. No one can take away your pride and self respect.  In class we will be
 looking at the incredible work of other inspirational artists with disabilities, such as Yinka Shonibare, Judith Scott, Chuck Close, Vincent VanGogh, Kathleen Morris, Stephen Wiltshire, Gregory Blackstock.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Welcome to Sketchbook Club!

Today was our first day of Sketchbook Club at PS77.  Seven of our extremely talented artists and ELL students are participating this year in the new club, designed to not only build upon skills in art, but also work on social and communication skills.  For our first meeting, students looked at the painting False Mirror by the artist RenĂ© Magritte, and discussed how we all see the world differently. They then created their own eye drawings that reflected something important to them.  Students then shared their sketchbooks with the group and asked each other questions about their work.  We are looking forward to our next meeting when we will be creating surrealist inspired collages.

Student Voices!

Henri Matisse
by Israel

I read about the artist Henri Matisse.  Henri was born in 1869 in France.  His father wanted him to go to law school.  Henri made over 20 paintings and he made cut out pieces using scissors.  I really like his work and drawings of pictures that he made with scissors.  Henri Matisse was a very good artist.