Happy spring, everyone!
Throughout this school year, the art classes at Goshen Friends have been creating works that either reinforce the basic elements of art, introduce the students to different materials and methods; or dovetail with a famous artist we’re studying.
Kindergarten just learned about color values, and each student made a very colorful “quilt” drawing using many colors of different values to great effect! Shortly, they will begin a large oil pastel painting/collage based on Monet’s waterlilies paintings. This project will introduce the children to the concept of one-point perspective.
First and second grade made wonderful “shadow boxes” that contained the three types of Greek columns – something they studied in art history class. They used paper towel or toilet tissue tubes for the columns and then cut the tops and bottoms out of styrofoam with a nifty little styrofoam cutter. It’s fun to see the pride they now take in identifying the columns they see in their travels! Second grade also just completed a cool collage based on the concept of “foreshortening” where they traced, colored and cut out shapes of their hands and created an action drawing!
Third and Fourth grades spent a few weeks painting a still life using a “pointillist” method. They had previously learned about the artist, Georges Seurat, in art history class. They enjoyed learning the history of this art movement – and although the project itself required a fair amount of patience, I think that alone was well worth it!
Other than Georges Seurat, other topics studied in art history were the life of local painter, Horace Pippin, and the history of how paints were made through time.