Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy 2018…..
There is a variety of art in the halls of EKES. Near the library there is a large dragon drawn by Miss George. Slowly students have been coloring coffee filters to use as scales on the body of the dragon. Details for the head and wing are evolving. This is in tribute to the visit of  author/illustrator Ralph Masiello, scheduled for January 23.
dragon scales
  As you progress down the hallway, you will see the collaborative work done on December 15, planned by the Theme Committee, and inspired by Peter Reynolds’  The Dot.  Everyone used oil pastels to put color on paper, and added black paint for details and a unifying element. Each is eye-catching separately and together it is a powerful statement of cooperation.

Near the end of the hallway, at the ramp, another collaborative is developing.  Composed of art projects from 4W and 3S, there are repurposed postcard woven pieces, and watercolor depictions of the paper baskets 3S made before the winter break. They composed a poem to accompany the visual.

The circular weavings are being added as completed.  

Saturday, November 18, 2017

This is the cover letter to acompany each student's art work. 

Art Work To Go Home #1                                                               November 2017
     ”Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”  
                               E. Degas
Dear Parents,
This art work was created by   each artist specifically to bring home to share.
Each student creates  a specific piece or pieces for your enjoyment. Keep the art work, and return the sleeve to school.

When we talk about art work at school we talk about what we “notice”. When we notice something about a piece of art it is not always what we “like”.  It could be the colors – bright, dark, many or few. Kinds of shapes, lines and textures attract attention. Commonly students notice the subject of another’s art work – animals, sports, and of course, rainbows. 
Types of lettering are interesting to the artists.
Feel free to email me  if you have any comments, questions or would like to visit art class. 

 I would change the sentence to read, “Art is not what you see, but what you lead others to see. “

Thursday, October 19, 2017

MEMORIES  all school exhibit...

The art work selected from 2016-17 portfolios is in the hallways of EKES. Take time to enjoy it when you are visiting. The pieces will be up for a while.
Media and themes are varied: "Blue Dog",  fall and winter themes,
geometric designs,with slick sticks, collage, colored pencils.and watercolors...

slick sticks

pop art label for "I Can"
gardens  - view out 
These sketches are based on the activity "1-12". Twelve objcts have postits on them . After looking at them, students choose 4 to sketch. Then they are working on art inspired by 

 one of the four.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Museum Share #1 for 2017-18
If you have ever noticed yellow postits in your child's prior sketchbooks, this may be of interest to you. They are from a "Museum Share"of a classes'art work. The selected work is positioned on the tables. Student arrange the needed postits on a page. Then they circulate through the "museum", look at everyone's and make a tiny sketch of  everyone's work.  Here are some pics.

We gather on the rug for each to then share what was noticed about someone's work - color, details, texture, shapes, and theme are the most frequently noticed art elements.
This is largely a 2nd-4th type of sharing.  The 5th graders prefer circulating and writing an art based comment on their classmates' works.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

How do I guide students to  improving sketching  styles without taking away personal strengths and interests ? A fun way I found  includes movement, observing and choice. I numbered 12 places/images with sticky notes. The class  (2-4th grade) was to walk around, look at all images and then sketch at least 4 in sketchbooks.
 Number 12 was on the window where we have a view of the gardens.
This is the cover of the book “The Cat and The Bird” about Paul Klee.

 Number one was a photo of a piece of fabric art winter scene with a reflection.
This quartet includes the Miro, Charley Harper’s “Cardinal” ( a calendar reproduction.) the plant on my desk, and one of the drums in the room. 

 This is the oxalis on my desk. 

 This is the quilt with sunflowers, with the wall behind it. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017