Our study of the Roman aqueducts last year piqued the students’ interest in the ancient Greek gods and goddesses. I promised them at the time that they could make big drawings of them this year- so it was time to keep my promise! The 4th and 5th grades were given the choice of picking a known god or goddess or creating their own. Working “big” takes a little getting used to for some, but the results are fun to see. The project was also a good starting point for learning about general body proportions.
First grade’s introduction to art history began by studying the early cave paintings in France. The students then made their own using pastels and charcoal. They sure loved scrunching up the brown paper they used for their faux rocks!
Lower School had the unique opportunity to see the paintings of Charles Burchfield at the Brandywine River Museum in mid-October. Mr. Burchfield was a unique American painter who developed his own visual language to depict nature and his world. In the coming couple of months the classes will complete their own nature painting in the style of Burchfield, choosing their favorite moth(s)/butterflies, bird(s) and tree(s) as a basis for their design.
As October winds up, all the classes are finishing work on a “Pumpkin Patch Full Moon” shadowbox. The star of this project is the lowly, yet impressive Lantern Weed, which had a windfall growing season on my property this summer! I took pity on the plants as I cut them down and-having always thought they looked like pumpkins- dried them and used them for this project that I have held in my mind for years. Thanks to the students’ diligent painting and Teacher Christian’s cutting and assembling of the frames, these pumpkin fields rock! Parents are urged to take a look at the final products in the hallway at parent conference time in November, and they will certainly be on display at the art show in the spring.
Other than completing paintings in the style of Piet Mondrian (who we studied about in art history class), I intend to focus a bit more on drawing from life and basic color theory in the next couple months. In addition, I have an idea for a wacky project that involves a "Critter Trail", but I’ll just have to keep you guessing on that!
Small class size allows Goshen Friends School teachers to get to know each student well. Teachers work in tandem with parents so that no child ever slips through the cracks.