Sunday, December 21, 2014

Visiting the Art Museum

A few weeks ago,  third grade artists visited the James A Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. What an excellent experience! I highly recommend a family visit. (see links below) 
 Our docents, Mrs. Hurley and Mrs. Comes, introduced students to an up close look at the Michener's permanent and current exhibits. These knowledgeable ladies answered many questions, and through inquiry, led our kids to a deeper appreciation of art.  I was as excited as the kids!!! 

LOOKING closely at the very thick paint application (impasto) in 

Edward W. Redfield's painting,  The Trout Brook. 

Very curious... Over and Above by the artist ,Clarence Carter.

Excited to view the 

Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography exhibit!

Great bunch of artists here! 

Afterwards, we took a very short stroll next door to the Doylestown Library.  
Ms. Kiker, the children's librarian, enthusiastically introduced our kids to the many opportunities available here, read a book, and then sent them on a scavenger hunt to explore the children's section.  We wrapped up with some relaxing reading time before heading back to Saint Jude. 

All in all, a memorable day : )

Parents, seriously, consider taking a family trip to the Michener Art Museum! 

Also, if you'd like to talk to your child about art he/she experienced, here's a link to the Google Art Project/ James A. Michener Museum.   We viewed these artworks prior to our visit and searched for them while there : )

Monday, December 1, 2014

One Point Perspective Environments

Seventh Grade artists tackled the skill of drawing a landscape in one point perspective. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fifth Grade Multicultural Milk Jug Masks

Why have human beings, in many diverse cultures throughout history, made masks? Why do we do so today? 

Fifth Graders viewed a large variety of multicultural masks asking this very question. We learned that some reasons masks might be used are for drama, celebration, disguise, religion, or protection. 
Students carefully observed each mask, searching for interesting shapes, lines, and features to sketch in their art journals. Kids noticed such things as:

  • Abstracted, exaggerated features 
  • Metallic eyes that would reflect light and "come alive" around a fire 
  • Hair and features made from materials abundant in the surrounding landscape

Solve the problem: if you designed a mask, what would it look like? What purpose would it have? 
To sculpt these masks we cut gallon milk jugs in half, keeping the round opening.  Artists were introduced to analogous colors, selecting tissue papers from an analogous color group to decoupage over the surface with watered down Elmer's glue. 

I  displayed our paper sculpture chart and reviewed skills such as rolling, fringing, and scoring.  Children were expected to use at least three paper sculpture techniques in forming their mask.  
This lesson took a few weeks, but the results are so worth it! 

Painting "En Plein Air", Impressionist Style

"Wish we could paint outside every week!" 
Learning to paint like a French Impressionist brought much enthusiasm and life to our art class. If course, it helped to have a sunny warmish day, papers taped to whiteboards, and 25 minutes.

That's right, folks, just 25 minutes.  Our artists can't delay, each paints a quick "impression" of their vision.
Short brush strokes, pure bright colors next to each other, no black or brown, capturing a moment in time.....