Welcome to a new year of Art at GFS!
This is the first year kindergarten has had a dedicated art class each week – and they love it! We will focus a good deal of the time on the basic elements of art. So far we’ve discussed color, texture and line types. Projects have included a color wheel painting, crayon rubbings done outdoors and a “Line Bear” watercolor painting.
First grade did outdoor rubbings, too, and afterwards we used complementary colors over top (wax resist) and cut them into shapes to make a collage. The students were also introduced to oil pastels, which they used to make wonderful imaginary “cakes” in the style of California artist, Wayne Thiebaud. In conjunction with their Art History class, they are currently creating their own ancient Egypt landscapes.
Third and fourth grades have enjoyed receiving their own “Scholastic Art” magazine” each month and, in addition to having the students read orally from each issue in class, the articles have been a helpful resource in initiating discussions about art facts and themes – both old and new. As was my intent, we also began to do more drawing from life this year. The third and fourth graders had a lot of fun doing “croquis” drawings of their classmates in different poses. These were basically quick sketches they made using charcoal sticks on newsprint with a time constraint of 3 minutes each. I remember doing these in college and have thought for some time that kids would benefit from doing them as well. I didn’t see one child that didn’t really enjoy the challenge! The croquis drawings also enabled us to slip a bit more seamlessly into our next project: a painting based on the stylized work of Reading-born artist Keith Haring. Currently we are utilizing our beautiful campus by creating a landscape with stylized trees that line the uphill path to our Meeting House - a piece that employs both 1-point perspective and the “tertiary” colors of fall!
Although we are loosely following an “Artist of the Month” format in Art History class this year-as in last- we no doubt will jump around a bit as “teaching moments” and news stories arise. First grade is beginning with Prehistoric cave paintings and ancient Egypt, whereas our featured Artists of the Month for the other grades were the great Grandma Moses and Keith Haring.
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