where has the time gone?!
January has come and gone so quickly! We have been so focused on all of our Art Movement work, studying the figure and the work of Keith Haring, that I almost missed this months blog! Never fear! Here's your art update!
All students have been working on various project that are inspired by the work of American artist Keith Haring. Students created a variety of artworks ranging from individual work to collaborative work, mini murals, life size figures, graphics, and visual puns.
In Grade 6, students are working on mural design and learning about the preparation that goes into creating art for a communal space.
PreK, Kinder, and Grade 1 have been practicing their collaboration skills by working on a collaborative graffiti "mural". Students really had to work together and problem solve to make their murals stand out!
Grade 2,3,4,and 5 created individual mini murals that show understanding of proportion, overlapping, and color composition. Students created their own original compositions using the Keith Haring style figures.
Grade 4 and 5 have also been spending more time talking and writing about their artwork and analyzing famous artworks, as we head into our section on Pop Art. Students have shown a lot of vitality, courage, and intelligence during our discussions and in their critique writing.
Make sure to check out the walls of lower school for all the new artwork students have made!
During this quarter is when our Art Classes begin to utilize recycled items to make our artworks. We do this to study sustainability, and eco-friendly practices in art. Students are encouraged to bring the following items to the art room:
There is a box outside of the art room for donations. Please feel free to bring by or have your child bring by any recyclable items!
As it is sooooo late in the month, there will be no art challenge for the month of January, but check back at the beginning of February for the February Art Challenge!
As November begins, we are steadily learning more ways to make art. The younger students are learning to make marks in clay while the older students are learning about all the different kinds of printmaking. Students continue to focus on learning the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
After the success of our Inktober Challenge last month, students will be able to participate in a monthly challenge for extra credit! That being said... this month we celebrate Thanksgiving. In the spirit of this holiday where we are encouraged to give thanks, students read the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. After reading this story, students need to create their own artwork inspired by The Giving Tree. This story does have its own illustrations, but students need to create their own original artwork, in their own unique style. Students can create any kind of artwork. That means they can create a sculpture, drawing, painting, etc. In order to get full credit for the challenge, students must follow the rules listed below:
October has been an exciting month in the art studio at QISS! Students had their first "Studio Days", learned about proper facial proportions, created patterns, painted on canvas, learned about foreground and background, learned about warm and cool color schemes, and experimented with colored pencils, clay, and printmaking techniques!! (That was a mouthful!) We were very busy being artists, and now, as we work our way into our new inquiry for Q2 (check the Newsletter page for more info), students will be encouraged to explore the many mechanical, technological and artistic advances throughout art history. Each grade level will explore the art innovations differently, but we will all have fun a learning how our ancestors have influenced the art that we make today.
INKTOBER! As our Inktober Challenge comes to an end, make sure you stop by the art room to see the bulletin board full of wonderful student sketches! If you don't know what Inktober is, check out the newsletter or ask any student in grades 4,5, or 6!
Beginning in November- There will be a new Art challenge posted to this website each month! These challenges will be to advance skills of students and provide extra practice to build artistic techniques. Students won't be required to participate in this challenge, but extra credit will be awarded to students who do. Participation guidelines and requirements to receive the extra credit points will be outlined in the challenge post, so READ CAREFULLY!