Saturday, October 24, 2009
Some artists began to COLLABORATE:
And some compositions came off the table:
Next, we will create compositions for collograph printing.
Students first created three pencil drawings:
Blind Contour- looking only at the mint, not at the paper
Opposite Hand- using their non-dominant hand to draw
Contour- a line drawing with some shading
Once we had gotten to know our subject, we began to create a painting. We started by thinking about how we wanted our composition to look. We explored the work of Wayne Thiebaud and noticed how he creates simple compositions for his still life paintings. We used a neutral brown to create an underpainting. With the underpainting, we focused on value and composition. Next, we added acrylic paint. We used the three primary colors to create all of the shades that we worked over our underpainting. Some artists stuck with the realistic style and others began to add more colors and imaginitive touches. Here are some photos of each step:
There is an ugly doll craze in third grade! We decided to use it to learn about symmetry and asymmetry.
Third graders created paper "ugly creatures" whose bodies and features were symmetrical or asymmetrical. They learned how to create a symmetrical shape by folding a piece of paper before cutting and that this created an instant line of symmetry to work from.
Once their collaged creatures were finished, they created the place where their creature lives. We had a lot of fun making these and the results are very funny. Check them out on display in the third grade hallway.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Being home sick today, I had some time to look at things on the internet. This has little to do with what is happening in our studio right now, but I can't resist posting it here so I don't lose it. Isn't it great inspiration for a dream room? Start drawing yours!
photo via Bird and Banner Blog via NYTimes
Check out the story about our show on Pardon Me For Asking a local blog! This blog post was also picked up by the NYTimes and listed in their Blogtalk section. Thanks Katia.
Congratulations artists and thanks to everyone who helped out!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Here is an update on the 4Fives Garden!
Right now our garden is looking good.
A few weeks ago we planted cuttings of basil and mint and violets. We are waiting for them to grow roots so that we can put them in the soil in the garden.
We also went on a relly cool trip last week to the Glass Garden in Manhattan. The Glass Garden is a greenhouse and it is neat. Ms. Kimball used to work there, and we were really lucky that she likes us enough to take us there. They have lots of plants there, but they also have animals too. We saw a turtle, fish, birds, and a parrot. The parrot talked! And when we sang “Happy Birthday” he danced. It was really cool. 4Fivers (LOL! They are 4Fivers!) and Superforesters Jackson and Jackie kept clapping and singing to the birds and they hung upside down and danced like crazy.
But we didn’t just do that at the greenhouse. We also planted our own Chinese plants. The lady gave us a plant that had roots, and then we put it in soil (not dirt). We watered it and then labeled it so that we could take it back to school. Then Bee put all of our plants on the bottom layer of the garden lab. At first I thought this was a bad idea, but she told me that these plants need low-light, which I think means that they don’t need a lot of sunlight to live. SO I guess that it wasn’t a bad idea.
The really good thing about our garden is that at the end of the school year, when our plants are all grown up, we can take them home, and well have our own garden. We can take care of it and we can all be happy.
Stay tuned for more cool information about our classroom garden!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Yesterday, the 4Fives and I took a trip to the Glass Garden where I used to work. We had an awesome time! PS 58/4Fives friend, mentor, and all around amazing person Jackson came with us. Here is a link to his blog post about the trip. Thanks SFJ! The 4Five students' post will come soon.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Studio 220 Newsletter: October 2009
We are off to a great start this year. Here is a glimpse of what we are doing in October:
First Grade Printmaking: This month, first graders will be working on collograph printing. We will be exploring this form of printmaking and all of the new tools and procedures that go with it.
Second Grade: Second graders are continuing with a painting exploration inspired by the work of Wassily Kandinsky. As there is currently an exhibition of his work at the Guggenheim Museum, we will be focusing on how music and emotion are a part of his painting process. PS 58 parent and visiting artist Brogan Ganley will be working with us as well. This unit will wrap up with a visit to the Guggenheim exhibition.
Third Grade: Third grade artists will be exploring the work of Elizabeth Murray. We will discover how her paintings take on sculptural forms and create our own mixed media collages and paintings.
Fourth Grade: Fourth grade artists continue to work on their collaborations for the Gowanus Canal Exhibition. The show will go up on October 17th. After this, we will reflect on the exhibition process and begin a painting unit.
Fifth Grade: Fifth graders continue to work on drawing and painting from observation. We are learning about value and creating an underpainting. We are also doing many different exercises that help us to see our subject.
Artist of the Month: The Artist of the Month for October is Denyse Schmidt. She is a contemporary quilt maker who works in an exciting “improvisational” way.