Friday, February 19, 2016

Art News!

New Kiln in the Art Room!
In preparation for our Empty Bowls Artist-in-Residence, we have a shiny new ceramics kiln in the Art Room!  Thank you to the PTA for making this purchase possible!  The kiln will get fired up during our work with with local potter Leslie Montalto, which will take place in April. In addition to this exciting Artist-in-Residence opportunity, the new kiln will allow us to make ceramics a cornerstone of the art curriculum at all levels.  I look forward to sharing my love for working with clay and building upon students’ excitement to explore this medium. 

Save the Date: Bridge Street Art Fair is Saturday, May 21st
The Fourth Annual Bridge Street Art Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 12-6 pm. Once again, this event will include a student art show, free art activities, live music, food, a bike parade and much more.  Volunteers are needed, both in preparation for the event and on the day of the Art Fair.  Please contact Nora or Kaiya to find out how you can help! 

After School Art Club with Katie and Nora
On Tuesdays after school Katie Babic and I will lead “Club Creativity!” Three sessions will be offered and we will meet from 2:25-3:45. The first session is Tuesdays March 15, 22 and 29 and is open to students in grades K-4. Cost is $25 for three classes and scholarships are available.  Space is limited so contact Nora or Kathi to sign up. Stay tuned for more information about these groups!

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Here’s what’s new on the Art Blog:
Kindergarten Heart Printmaking and Nature Name Paintings
First and Second Kandinsky Collaborative Murals and Dragons for Chinese New Year
Third and Fourth “Self-Portrait Trees” and Rex Ray Collages
Fifth and Sixth Landscape Fill-in-the-Blanks and (Coming Soon!) Wild Beasts inspired by Les Fauves

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" Paint Along

Kindergarten artists did a "Paint Along' with the classic children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon. We listened to the story one time through, then got out our purple paint.  We painted what we heard in the story and more! This collaborative project helps us practice sharing space and supplies and working together.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Kindergarten Heart Printmaking

Kindergartners made heart prints for Valentine's Day.  We used styrofoam printing paper and printing ink.  Here are the steps:

1. Draw a heart on the styrofoam and decorate it using ball point pen.
2. Cut it out
3. Roll ink on the stamp using a brayer
4. Press down to print on white paper
5. Peel to reveal your print

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kandinsky Concentric Circles and Collaborative Murals

First and second graders are studying abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.  They are each creating a colorful concentric circle in the style of Kandinsky's most famous painting, Squares with Concentric Circles. They are also working collaboratively on murals in Kandinsky's style.  Kandinsky has synesthesia, which means that when he heard music, he saw colors and heard music when he painted. As first and second graders worked on these murals, we listened to music and considered how different colors make us feel. 


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