Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our First iPad Art

We rolled the ipad cart into the art room!  There's just so much to explore and discover. Fourth graders are learning about visual balance so we used the app, Sketchbook Express, to create symmetrical vases.  Look closely parents, there's more than just vases here! These beautiful artworks double as optical illusions. Every vase actually began with a student's portrait in profile! 

As with anything new, we faced some tricky problems to solve, mostly with sending and saving the artwork. I'm really very proud of our students for working through problems and not giving up ... and for helping each other  learn. You would be very amazed to see this critical problem solving in action, creative minds ablaze, and all ipads back in the cart in 40 minutes, no less! 

Thanks to Dryden Art for sharing their idea, seen here.

Mobiles: Hanging Art In Motion

Fifth grade artists sculpted wire to form these abstract mobiles.
They looked at artwork of Alexander Calder,an artist born in Pennsylvania, who began creating mobiles in the 1930's. Calder was the first artist who thought of mobiles as hanging, moving art.
Children discovered that it can be very tricky to think about creating art in three dimensions! 


Dancer II

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What Did It Feel Like To Be A French Impressionist?

  French Impressionists  often painted outside "en plein air", meaning in the open air. This new concept  of painting outside, on site, began around the mid 19th century.   Seventh graders ventured outside on a beautiful day to explore  this technique.  Many learned that painting outside can be relaxing, inspiring and windy! Some students observed that when you refrain from using black and brown, and look deeply, you can see other colors. (For example, purple in the shadows or on tree trunks).  Other students noticed colors to be much brighter than what they might paint from memory.
Goals?  To paint how the light affects the subject, use short brushstrokes, paint strokes of pure color next to each other, refrain from using black and brown, and capture a moment in time. 
All in thirty minutes... now that's an instant impression! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Miro Creatures

Second graders invented their own free form shapes and then imagined them into fantasy creatures. 
Studying the art of Joan Miro (pronounced WAHN Me-ROH) inspired these abstract works. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lost in Lines!

Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. 
Twas The Night Before Christmas? No, more like the SJS Art Studio when 6th graders explored the art element of LINE. One could hear a pin drop as our artists focused in creative concentration.  With only the art element of line, and one black marker, students learned to produce values, rhythm and movement.  Does anyone know of a good hairdresser?