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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Inspired by Picasso's "Bouquet of Peace"

Picasso's print is variously titled "Bouquet of Peace," "Hands with Flowers," "Hands with Bouquet," "Flowers and Hands," or any other variation on those words. Originally a watercolor drawing, Picasso subsequently printed the picture as a color lithograph.  He created it for a peace demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden in 1958.

"Bouquet of Peace" shows his desire for people to join together in love and harmony.  The brightly colored flowers convey a sense of hope and rebirth, and the bouquet forms a bond between two individuals symbolized by the two hands displayed within the piece.   The simplicity of the forms not only represents Picasso's desire for childlike innocence in his art, but also symbolizes the purity and openness needed to get along with others in peace. (Read more at

Kindergarten artists looked at Picasso's famous painting noticed that the two hands belong to different people.  This means that the flowers are being passed from one person to another. 



Friday, December 2, 2016

Inspired by Paul Klee's "Castle and Sun"

First and second grade artists looked at "Castle and Sun" by Swiss artist Paul Klee.  Before we learned the title of this painting, we talked about what we saw- cities, villages, crayons, moon, houses, and of course a castle.  
This painting is made up of geometric shapes.  These are shapes that follow rules.  The other type of shapes are called organic shapes.  These are shapes that don't follow rules.
We used cut paper geometric shapes to build our castles or villages. We imagined that the paper shapes were building blocks and figured out how to fill the page and add details. The final step was to outline and add detail in black or white.