Visual Arts Narrative for the 3rd quarter
Candace Vande Griek, art teacher
Pre- school and Kindergarten children are learning to handle art tools and materials safely and responsibly. They have used scissors, paint brushes, glue, watercolors and tempura paint. They have learned the printing process using a foam printing plate and brayer (rolling pin). Students have learned some three dimensional techniques when they made haunted houses with paper bags. Working with oil pastels and watercolor they learned the oil resist technique and made an insect quilt. They have used the basic elements of art such as line, shape and color to create collages. In December, the students drew pictures to be printed in the annual children’s edition of The Herald newspaper in Randolph. Each December they ask for student drawings with a winter theme or a picture of what the holidays mean to them. They also made and decorated picture frames to take home. In February, students participated in the Valentine’s for Vets program. This is sponsored by the VA hospital in White River, Jct. They ask students to make valentine cards which they give to the vets in the hospital. Students have shown a willingness to participate in art activities in the first half of the school year.
First and second grade students have focused on fiber art activities during the first half of the school year. They wove mug rugs (coasters) with yarn on cardboard looms. The students worked hard, individually and with a partner, to create the mug rugs. They are excited to donate them to the Sharon Volunteer Firemen as a gesture of community support. In December, the students drew pictures with a winter theme or what the holidays mean to them, to be published in the annual children’s edition of The Herald newspaper in Randolph. They also made and decorated picture frames to take home, as well as red clover bookmarks with pressed flowers. In February, the students participated in the Valentine‘s for Vets program. This is sponsored by the VA hospital in White River, Jct. The students made self portrait collages. They worked from a pattern to trace and cut on fabric to create a self portrait in a snow suit. They have also worked with oil pastels, watercolors and tempura paint. They are learning to work appropriately with a variety of art tools and materials.
Third and fourth grade students have developed skills using 2 and 3 dimensional techniques. They created insects with papier mache after learning about the three body parts of an insect, and how an insect is classified and identified. Students also worked with plaster gauze fabric to create a 3D ghost. The students learned the technique of printing using a printing plate and brayer (rolling pin). The 3rd grade students focused on trees while 4th grade students made pictures of mythological beasts in collaboration with their classroom studies. Students demonstrated an understanding of the printing process after much practice and printed cards in a variety of colors. They have learned to identify and use different media and techniques to create art. The students are now learning about artist Vincent Van Gogh. They have read books about his life and work, and have looked at his paintings and discussed his unique way of expressing himself with his art.
The 5th grade students have been comparing and contrasting works of art through observation and discussion. They have looked at paintings, read books and learned about African American artist Horace Pippin, who worked in the realist style. Pippin was self-taught and drew and painted what he saw around him. Students compared Pippin’s style to the wild colors of the Fauvist art movement. They drew their own interiors in the style of Horace Pippin, and created self portraits in the style of Realism and Fauvism. Students also created a mini masterpiece of an artist of their choosing. Students focused on American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. They looked at her work and created a painting in her style. They had fun with origami. In March the students will select a piece of their art work for public exhibition at the student art show at the Chandler Gallery in Randolph.
The 6th grade students have developed skills and techniques using tools and materials to create 3 dimensional art. They have used elements of art such as space, form and shape. They created a mini masterpiece of an artist of their choosing. The students read about African American sculptor Elizabeth Catlett. They looked at her sculptures and discussed her techniques and ideas. Working with clay, the students sculpted their own clay heads. They looked at sculptor Kai and watched him create sculptures with shapes of bamboo. The 6th grade students also learned about American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. They created a painting in her style learning to blend oil pastels. They are developing a personal point of view about art and artists. In March the students will select a piece of their art work for public exhibition in the student art show at Chandler Gallery in Randolph.
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