Ongoing projects in the art room:
Our K-1 classes are in the process of learning about symbolism and our own environment, so we are working on creating mixed media “family trees.”
Grades 1-2, and 2-3 will typically have the same project but differentiated for ability level. Currently we are working on a project in the style of the Pop Artist, Jim Dine. Here’s a link about his bio and his work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_DineStudents are working on art in his style, using the symbol of the heart for inspiration along with oil pastels, bleeding tissue paper, and careful use of contrast with warm and cool colors.
Grades 3-4 are learning about the Mexican folk art creature known as the “alebrije.” Alebrijes are fantastical creatures that were born from the dreams of a man named Pedro Linares. Here is a link about how he began creating them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmTSY-VozkA. We will be learning about using air-dry clay as well as building an underlying armature to support the sculpture. Students will finish with painting their alebrijes using patterns.
Grades 4-5 are excited about the prospect of sewing their “Ugly Dolls.” These are funny little hand-sewn “dolls” created by husband/wife creative team, David Horvath and Sun Min Kim. We are practicing various stitching techniques as well as pattern planning. Hopefully this week will get to stitch them together!
MG students are finishing up a collaborative project in which each student-led team chose a North American work of art (from Canada, the U.S., or Mexico) and divided it into equal sections. Each student was responsible for reproducing their own section using various media but with close emphasis on the art element known as “value.” Students also had a mini-project in which they gained practice in creating values of different colors by painting a mandala color wheel. Next up on the agenda–mixed media self-portraits!