Thursday, December 20, 2012

O Holy Night

Clearly inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night", our SJS fifth grade artists created these beautiful Nativity images.
Can't you just hear "O Holy Night" softly playing?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Calligraphy

Here's a glimpse of the exciting efforts of our Sixth Graders....
I'm so proud of their persistence and effort!

Planning the composition and centering the design.
Using a calligraphy pen, ink, and the "Old English" font style to write.
Forming letters with incredible concentration while Gregorian Chant music softly plays.  Imagining we are scribes in a scriptorium (room where illuminated manuscripts were written in the Middle Ages).

Preforming the job of Illuminators: adding the gold.

Peace on earth, goodwill to all.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fourth Grade Radial Beauty

We finished our unit on Visual Balance with these beautiful radial designs. It was magical to see our names transformed into these colorful jewels! 
Fourth graders also discovered how to draw only one piece of the "pizza" and then transfer the design onto the other seven triangles. More art magic! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Relief Sculpture Christmas Ornaments

Second Grade sculptors at work:
relief sculpture Christmas ornaments! 

First we sculpted the mold.  Caroline and Catherine discovered that seashells pressed into clay make great angel wings... 

Mrs. Monahan mixed plaster of Paris with water and poured it into the molds.
Why are straws sticking out?
Because straws will leave holes in the ornament after the plaster hardens.  
The plaster sets and hardens overnight.
In the next art class, we separate the mold and ornament. 
Our design appears in reverse! 
We paint on the plaster with watercolors.
We must stand the paintbrush "on tiptoes" to paint tiny areas.

Parents, be ready for delightful Christmas presents under your tree!