I am excited to begin the 2016-17 school year by adding a new class! For the first time here at GFS, kindergarten will join me once a week for a dedicated art period. This will provide the students with an opportunity to become familiar with some of the basic elements of art; emphasizing line, color and shapes. My previous observations in the kindergarten classroom were that quite a few children enter that class with a rudimentary drawing ability, coupled with a strong desire to use that skill to express their interests. Hopefully this class will inspire and encourage those students- as well as those with a more limited "vocabulary" in art.
First grade, as before, will begin a weekly Art History class. We will start with the Prehistoric cave paintings and follow up with study of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Occasionally we’ll jump out of the “timeline”, however, to perhaps concentrate on a current event of artistic merit; or to study a specific artist.
This year there will be more of an emphasis on drawing from life in the second, third and fourth grades. Last years’ third grade class demonstrated a strong interest in drawing and a noticeable desire to improve their skills in this area. Aside from outdoor and still-life drawing, we will incorporate the study of basic proportions, one and two-point perspective and tonality into the mix. I would also like to have the students experiment with different media to draw.
The beginning of the school year in art is much like the beginning of an art class. Nothing is shown yet, but by the end of the year-much like the end of a class- an inner self has been revealed. This, for me, is the greatest perk of being an art teacher!