Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Amazing Melanie Hope Greenberg Visits Studio 220

For the past 3 weeks, author/illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg has been working with us at PS 58. I have worked with Melanie before and it is such a pleasure to have a local illustrator share her knowledge and enthusiasm with our kids. She first shared her process with all second graders in the library. She read her book and everyone got a copy of Mermaids on Parade!

The following two visits were in Studio 220 with Melanie! She worked with all second grade classes. She shared her books and some relief paintings. Students were then inspired to create their own paper pop up relief collages. The students used foam tape in layers to create the relief effect. The students had a blast! Many were inspired by her city theme and the way that she layered buildings. Here are some photos from the residency. I can't wait to work with her again.

Melanie shares A City Is.

Students working.

Students share their work with partners.

Some finished pieces:

Thanks to Melanie and our visiting author program!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Catching Up---again!

Things are so busy around here that this blog has been a bit neglected. I am going to do a one-post update of what all grades have been doing.

Kindergarten- cardboard relief animal sculptures!

First Grade- My block collages inspired by Romare Bearden and visiting artist Mari Takabayashi!

Second grade- Figures in action mosaics and drawings!

Fourth Grade- Imaginary settlement cartography!

Fifth Grade- Op Art!

Now that we are all caught up, I will let you know what we are doing now in the coming days!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fifth Grade Tunnel Books

I wanted to share the work that 5th graders did on their tunnel books. This was completed some time ago, but it is still on display in school.

Fifth grade artists each created their own illustrated character. They considered the character’s personality traits and physical features and how these would be shown. Here, students have created a tunnel book to capture their character in an environment. We studied the work of artist Andrea Deszo and noticed how she uses paper constructions to create a scene with depth. Students carefully considered what would be in their piece’s background, middle ground and foreground. Next, using colored pencil and colored pencil sticks, they created each layer. Finally, the scene was constructed in the box for support.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Newsletter!

Studio 220 Newsletter: March 2011

Here is what is happening this month in the art studio:

Kindergarten artists continue to work on sculpture. We will begin by exploring how a sculpture is different from a drawing. We will then experiment with how a 2D material can be used for 3D work. Students will bend, fold, crumple and twist paper to create three-dimensional work.

First grade artists are finishing up their block collages inspired by Romare Bearden and Mari Takabayashi. Next, we will continue to explore how the city can inspire art making through printing. Students will use etching and collograph printing to create a cityscape. We will focus on how from a distance, buildings overlap and layer. Students will explore foreground, middle ground and background in their printmaking. We will look closely at Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Radiator Building to see how light and dark shapes create depth in a cityscape.

Second grade artists are working with clay! This is a favorite material for so many students. We will explore how artists create vessels with ceramics. Students will each create their own vessel using the coil method. We will learn about the very important method of attaching clay called scratching and scoring. Students will become familiar with the geometric period of ancient Greek ceramics when we begin to paint our own work. We will explore using different lines, shapes and patterns to make our work more interesting and add movement.

Second graders are also working with illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg this month! She will be doing an author visit and will then spend two Mondays working with all second graders in the art studio. She will be sharing how her own neighborhood and city inspire her work and will collaborate with students to create a piece about Brooklyn.

Fourth graders are working with charcoal. We are exploring how we can use this drawing media to create a variety of values and textures, as well as create form. We have linked our unit with the fourth graders’ studies of colonial America. Students have been learning about what life was like for colonists and what they needed to survive. Taking these ideas, students will imagine that they have created their own new settlement in a realistic or fantasy place. We will look at the work of colonial cartographer John White and at the work of mapmakers who depict imaginary places. Students will each create a map of their own settlement. Each one will include the sources of food, water and shelter. They have begun sketching out their ideas and will soon create a large map with charcoal.

Fifth graders are finishing up their Op Art pieces and will begin working on one-point perspective. Students will take what they have learned about creating the illusion of space and begin to explore how artists create depth and realistic special relationships. We will look at a number of artists whose work illustrates this idea. Relying on what we have learned about foreground, middle ground and background, we will add one-point perspective to our drawing to create landscapes that show depth.

March Newsletter