Friday, January 13, 2017

Portraits Inspired by Sandra Silberzweig

Sandra Silberzweig is a contemporary artist from Toronto. She has a condition called synesthesia, which is a crossing of the senses.  This means that she may "hear" colors or "see" music.

Here is a poem she wrote called "When you are a synesthesia goddess ...... your day dreams are always in color"
I am a synesthesia goddess
I have no fear of color
It lives in my soul, dances in my heart
Spills out of my fingers flowing down a canvas
I can see your aura
Taste the color black
Feel the chill of the green wind
Smell blue butterflies
Hear the yellow rain
Life is never boring when inspiration is always around

Click here to read more about Sandra Silberzweig, the work she has done to share her experience with synesthesia and how she has turned this condition into a driving force for her creative work.

Silberzweig's paintings are bold, colorful and imaginative.  She primarily paints stylized, patterned-filled portraits.

Third and fourth grade artists looked at examples of Silberzweig's artwork, then created portraits inspired by her unique style.  We used chalk pastel and oil pastel and focused on choosing warm and cool color combinations and creating patterns.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Kindergarten Snowflake Printing

Ski and Snowboard Design

When I look out the window of my art room, I look directly at Sugarbush Ski Area.  Our students are especially fortunate to not only live at the base of two fabulous ski areas, Sugarbush and Mad River, but also to get to spend one afternoon of their school week on the mountain.
  In celebration of the joys of winter, we are applying knowledge of Graphic Design and Logo Design to creating original skis and snowboards.

Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, photography and illustration. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used synonymously. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. (From Wikipedia)

Fifth and Sixth graders watched these two short videos to learn some of the basics of graphic and logo design. Some of the tips are applicable to many different types of art.

We looked at Freeskier Magazines "Best Ski Graphics of the Year" and talked about how different art appeals to different people.
Artists created multiple drafts of their ski and snowboard designs and company logos before translating their work to actual size size paper.

Create Something!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Paul Klee City Collaborative Mural

First and second graders learned about Paul Klee's painting "Castle and Sun," and created collages inspired by this painting. Click here to see this work!  Then we used cardboard scraps to construct this collaborative city mural. 

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Wishing for Snow in the Mountains!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Paper Quilling

Fifth and sixth graders are learning about paper quilling.

Paper Quilling otherwise known as paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.During the RenaissanceFrench and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day. (from Wikipedia)

We looked at several examples of paper quilling, including artwork by two artist, Yulia Brodskaya and Sena Runa.
Sena Runa
Yulia Brodskaya

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Fish Drawing

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Kindergarten Gingerbread House Collages