Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EJK Awards

Congratulations to our borough award winners, Tadious, Brittany, and Kevin, in this year's Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking competition!  Students were honored on Friday at the the Brooklyn Public Library, where their fantastic books are on display.  We are so proud of all of their hard work, creativity, collaboration, and dedication to the difficult process of bookmaking.  

Digging For Prehistoric Creatures, by Kevin and Brittany, on display at the BPL.
Buck and Flurry: Buck's Surprise! by Tadious, on display at the BPL.

The talented creative team of Kevin and Brittany enjoying their success.
Tadious proudly poses for photos during the EJK reception.

Kevin's dinosaur illustration was featured on the back cover of this year's catalog!!!

Tadious had his beautiful book illustrations featured in the center fold of this year's catalog.

The colorful drawings and text by Brittany and Kevin in this year's catalog.

Ms. Marisa, Ms. Devon, Kevin, Brittany, and Ms. Amie excited to be representing P77K at the EJK awards. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sketchbook Club: Mandalas

Students in Sketchbook Club created beautiful mandalas last week. mandala is an intricate abstract design that is usually circular in form, with a center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.  Our talented young artists created bright colorful mandalas depicting shapes, flowers, elements, and even donuts! Next week students will celebrate their hard work with an end of the year party and take home their incredible sketchbooks.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Congratulations to our VSA artists!

Year of the Rooster by Willie
Congratulations to Willie and Jamie!  Their beautiful watercolors were not only selected this year into the semi-final round of PS Art, but they were also submitted to this year's  VSA International Art Program UBUNTU: Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...Because You Are, sponsored by the Kennedy Center.
My Rose Garden by Jamie

Paper Marbling

This week several classes experienced paper marbling for the first time.  We had so much fun creating beautiful prints thanks to a grant from the Kids in Need Foundation.  Students learned about how this art form started in 12th century Japan and looked at examples from throughout history.  They then prepared to print by mixing special solutions to coat their paper and help the ink adhere.  Next they dripped ink into a tray filled with a water and seaweed solution.  Because the thickened solution causes the inks to float on the surface, students were able to create beautiful designs with tools such as forks, combs, and chopsticks.  They then carefully placed their paper on the surface and pulled a beautiful print filled with swirls of different colors.  Students in sketchbook club used this process to print covers for a new sketchbook.  As one student said, it was like "magic."