Friday, December 8, 2017

We are ALL Wonders!

Waitsfield students have become very familiar with the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  We discussed the themes in this book, including not judging others by their appearances and being kind to all people.  We drew self portraits in the style of the book cover that show our inner character traits, which may not be visible from the outside. 
We are ALL Wonders! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Colors & Moods Inspired by Mark Rothko

Abstract art by mark rothko for kids from nivaca2

First and second graders learned about Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist painter.  We compared Rothko's "color field" paintings with the landscapes by Wolf Kahn, which we had just studied a couple of weeks ago.  Like Kahn, Rothko uses color to capture a feeling or mood of a landscape, rather than focusing on the details of an image.

First and second grade artists created artwork inspired by Mark Rothko.  First we used chalk pastel on black paper, with a focus on blending unique colors and capturing a mood.  Then we painted many different sizes of cardboard rectangles, which we assembled into colorful collages. Students named their compositions based on the mood that they had captured.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chalk Pastel Landscapes inspired by Wolf Kahn

"The horizon, though in actuality a dividing line, must become, in a painting, a place where sky and land meet and mesh and become seamless." 

It's stick season in Vermont.  It's cold and dark and gray.  However, the work of artist Wolf Kahn reminds me that there is beauty and color in the forest all year long.   

Wolf Kahn's artwork makes me feel calm and centered.  If I can't go out for a walk in the woods, looking at his paintings and pastels of forest and mountain landscapes is the next best thing.  Although Kahn primarily lives and works in New York City, when looking at his work it is obvious that he also spends time in Vermont.  Kahn has a part-time residence in Brattleboro!

Wolf Kahn is a German-born artist who combines realism with an art style called "color field."  Color field painting is when the color is the main subject of the piece of artwork. 

First and second graders looked at examples of Wolf Kahn's trees and landscapes.  We used chalk pastels to create color field backgrounds, then add trees and other landscape elements.  

Here are some examples of first and second grade art inspired by Wolf Kahn.  In addition to the peaceful subject matter of these landscapes, many students noticed the effect that blending the chalk pastels had on them. Don't you feel calmer already?

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