It's always exciting for me to start each New Year with little heads full of images and lots of blank paper to record them on! First grade will, again, start with the fundamentals of art (color, line, etc.) and complete projects based on Prehistoric cave paintings and ancient Egypt. Second through fifth grades will continue to explore some art styles formulated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (this year being the 100th. anniversary of the start of WW1). One of our first projects will revolve around an exploration of the Bauhaus movement and its foremost painter, Piet Mondrian.
In art history class, I plan on introducing the students to some past and present Quaker artists, coordinate the study of art with the historical periods they're studying in music class and their homerooms and (in the 4th. and 5th. grades), explore topics presented in their monthly art magazines. Some classes will be reacquainted with some Roman and Greek myths, and will complete projects in conjunction with that. In addition, I intend to put more emphasis on drawing from life this year - something I think the students need more of, and something that a few students, in so many words, have requested.
Finally, I'm hopeful we can visit the Brandywine River Museum in the fall, which currently has an exquisite exhibition featuring the paintings of Charles Burchfield, a truly unique American painter.
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