March 31, 2015 Hello Friends!
There have been many “moving parts” woven through our art classes the last two months – some tied in with the students’ art history classes, others not so much.
First grade is finishing up their own canopic jars (complete with hieroglyphics) that are connected with their study of ancient Egypt. I also introduced them to the concept of radial design in a watercolor painting and a simple printing technique that uses Styrofoam and oil pastels.
The second graders are completing their own mixed media collages that portray what the ancient Roman aqueducts looked like. This project incorporates many different elements and concepts, including one-point perspective along with foreground, middle ground and background.
Third grade did a great job with their color scheme drawings, which involved cutting a line drawing into quadrants and coloring each according to a specific color “scheme”. At the end, they were reassembled to marvelous effect! The students also made watercolor paintings based on the landscapes of Paul Klee. They had fun using the edges of cardboard instead of a brush to apply their paint lines! Presently they are making an “abstract” painting using different shades of gray.
The fourth graders have been exploring shadow, highlights and gradation in an effort to create objects that look “real”. The students are using black and white Conte crayons on toned paper. Their current project further explores gradation, but with colored pencils.
Fifth grade got an early jump on their traditional big acrylic self-portraits, where they can choose one color only (a color that has special meaning to them) and then proceed using lighter or darker values of that color exclusively. In addition, they too have been studying shadow, highlights and gradation using Conte crayons on toned paper to make a still life of some objects with basic shapes found on campus.
This year, in an effort to make art history a bit more tangible and real, I have provided each student with a simple 3-hole binder, in which they create an art history “timeline” that folds out accordion-style. Each section is titled with a time period and dates. The children then adorn the pages with relevant photos from the computer and drawings of their own.
Opportunities to lead are abundant and Goshen students are encouraged to embrace these opportunities. Students who learn leadership skills early in their academic careers grow to be confident and compassionate leaders.