Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hard at Work!

Here are some glimpses into the studio this week!
First Grade: Monoprinting and Collage

Third Grade: Symmetrical Creatures inspired by "Uglydolls" that will be added to paintings

Fourth Grade: Brainstorming and sketching together for the Gowanus project (see last post)

Check back soon for the finished projects!

Studio 220's PS 58 Artists as a Part of AGAST!

Fourth grade is working on a very exciting project.  This year, with the gracious help of parent David Lantow, we are going to have a gallery show that is a part of the Annual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour!  Fourth graders are hard at work creating mixed media works about their hopes and dreams for the Gowanus Canal.  We have been talking about what we know about the canal, and what we hope it can one day become with clean up efforts.  The students have some really awesome ideas!  In the spirit of this project, a parent has alerted me that this event is happening this weekend:
Gowanus Canal

Volunteer Monthly Clean-Ups

Clean and Green
Join your family, friends and neighbors in greening the banks of the Gowanus Canal and your neighborhood! Clean-ups are scheduled for the following Saturdays: May 30June 27,July 25, August 22, September 19 and October 17

Go here for more info!

Ask your fourth graders what we are working on and encourage them to find out more about the Gowanus Canal!

The show will be on the tour at 498 Court Street.  It will be open both Saturday Oct. 17 and Sunday Oct. 18 from 1-6.  The opening reception for the show will be on the 17th from 5 to 7. It will be great!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September Curriculum Newsletter

Below is what you will find in our September Art Newsletter:

Studio 220 Newsletter: September 2009


Welcome Back! I am so excited to be here again and working with your children!

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Megan Kimball (formerly Driscoll).  This year I am teaching grades one through five.  Each time they have art, they will come to the art studio, room 220.


In Studio 220, we will work on a variety of art and design projects.  All of the children will work with a variety of media as mandated by the Blueprint for the Arts: drawing, painting, printmaking, arts in technology, design, collage and sculpture.  These units, spread throughout the year, will cover a variety of topics, often linked to the learning that is happening in their classroom.  I am thrilled to be incorporating technology into the art studio more this year with the addition of a Smartboard, Desktop computer and two digital cameras for student use.  This year we will be incorporating artist visits, as well.  At some point during the year, each grade with have an artist from outside of the school who we will partner with on a unit.  If anyone knows an artist who might be interested in working with us, let me know.


Here is a glimpse of what we are doing in September:


First Grade: All first graders have art twice a week with Danielle and/or me. First graders are working on an introduction to printmaking.  We will be learning about what a print is and making monoprints.  We will use these monoprints and add collage and craypa to create animals inspired by the artist Charley Harper.  We will explore color mixing and line with this unit. 

First graders will then be creating paintings of their families inspired by the work of Carmen Lomas Garza.


Second Grade: Second graders are working on paintings of animals that use line and gesture to show movement.  We will be exploring the work of Keith Haring as an example of using line to show movement.  We will explore different ways to apply paint and reinforce what we know about color mixing including making colors lighter and darker.


Third Grade: In this two-part unit, students will first create a creature inspired by Uglydolls.  In this part of the unit, we will be exploring symmetry and collage.  Third graders will then create a dream world for their creature with paint.  We will look at the work of Marc Chagall as an example of dreamlike imagery and compositions.  


Fourth Grade: Big News! Fourth graders are working on a unit creating art about the Gowanus Canal.  We will be meeting artists who are part of AGAST ( and our work will be shown in a gallery stop during their studio tour.  We are working collaboratively with paint and collage.  I will send home more information about the gallery show soon.


Fifth Grade: Fifth graders are working on drawing and painting from observation.  We are going to be exploring zooming in and creating big paintings of tiny things.  We looked at the work of Wayne Thiebaud at the end of last year, so we will start there and move on to other artists who create still life paintings.


Artist of the Month: The Artist of the Month for September and October is Denyse Schmidt.  She is a contemporary quilt maker who works in an exciting “improvisational” way. 


Most Importantly: Check out the Studio 220 blog! We will be posting tons of information about what we are working on.


A New Year!

Welcome! This year has gotten off to a fabulous start!

I have seen almost all of my classes and they have been creating their Idea Portfolios.  Idea Portfolios are this year's answer to the sketchbook.  Last year, everyone had a sketchbook, but I noticed that they weren't being used too often.  It was hard to add pages and things often got mixed up.  So, this year, each artist has a small idea portfolio that will hold sketches, checklists for projects, reflection writings, make more art challenges and anything else that they choose to include.  I have told the students that if they see something that "catches their eye" in the newspaper or a magazine, they can cut it out (with parent permission!) and bring it in to put in their I.P.  We talked about how all of these things give us inspiration for our own work.  

I will leave you with some images of Studio 220.  I look forward to seeing you all at the curriculum meetings!

Here is our studio area.
And this is our library, reflection center, jobs board and our awesome technology set up!

Lastly, here is a glimpse of some first graders experimenting with monoprinting.

Later this afternoon I will be posting our curriculum letter for September. 


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Big News

There is something very big in the works. Keep your calendars clear for October 17th and I will share more very soon!