Week of 12/19/2016

December 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

As we prepare to celebrate the coming holiday, here is what we have planned:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue using the papel picado (“cut paper”) technique to create snowflakes.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will color his / her drawing.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue their lesson on portrait photography. Each student will continue making a self-portrait photograph inspired by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Dorothea Lange.  This week, some students will use cameras to take their self-portraits.  At the same time, other students will begin learning about an artistic movement called Chicago Imagism.  These students will learn that many of these artists got their start right here in Chicago.  These artists made portraits.  Instead of making these portraits in a realistic manner, they made abstract portraits (when an artist makes abstract art, that artist takes things from the world around us and changes them).  The results of the changes made by these artists often resulted in images that were funny or even downright scary.  After looking at examples of Imagist portraits, each student will then create his / her own Imagist-inspired self-portrait.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will finish using watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will finish creating an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders will continue working on their animation project.   This week, each student will continue creating a storyboard (a storyboard is a special kind of sketch that is used to plan an animation). 

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will learn about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  I will explain that the religion of Islam was a big artistic influence in this part of the world.  Originally, Muslim artists weren’t allowed to show depictions of people or animals in their works of art. Instead, they focused on shape and pattern.  I will show examples of tiles created by Moroccan artists.  I also explained that each tile uses radial symmetry (if a design has radial symmetry, all of its elements are arranged around the center).  Each student is creating his / her own Moroccan-inspired tile design.  Each student will begin by creating a sketch to plan his / her tile.  Students in Room 219 will continue working on Perspective Drawing #2  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE). 

7th Grade: These students will continue learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This week, each student will continue making a sketch to begin planning his / her drawing.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will begin learning about a type of animation called cel animation.  For this type of animation, everything that does not move or change is drawn on a background.  Everything that does move or change is drawn and painted on clear sheets of plastic called cels.  Each cel is then stacked on top of the background and photographed to create the frames for the animation.  Students in this room will work in groups to create animations.  This week, each group will create a storyboard for their animation.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 12/12/2016

December 11, 2016 at 6:34 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will learn about the papel picado (“cut paper”) technique and use that technique to create snowflakes.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will continue to plan his / her inetrior in pencil.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue learning portrait photography. This week, each student will continue by making a sketch of his / her own self-portrait photograph.  Each self portrait must use the student’s facial expression, and pose to give us clues about the mood.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will continue using watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will continue to create an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 207 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 207 will be due Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade:  Students in Room 210 will begin an animation project.   I will begin by showing them examples of flip books and explaining how this type of animation works (to learn more about flip books, click here). Students will then create their own flip books.  This week, each student will begin by creating a storyboard (a storyboard is a special kind of sketch that is used to plan an animation).  Students in Room 219 will continue working on their two-point perspective drawings (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE).

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 219 who were unable to finish their revisions during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available before school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.  I will be available after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 210 are due next Wednesday @ 4:15 PM.

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will finish Perspective Drawing #2.  Students in Room 216 will begin working on Perspective Drawing #2  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE). 

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 216 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 219 are due next Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: These students will begin learning about a series of paintings created by the artist Jacob Lawrence called The Migration Series.  This series of paintings documents the Great Migration, a large mass-migration of African Americans to cities in the North that occurred in the middle part of the 20th century.  These students have spent the last 2 weeks researching the story of their families’ migration to Chicago.  Now, each student will use his / her research as the basis for a painting documenting his / her family’s migration story. Each student can document the reasons his / her family came to Chicago, his / her family’s journey to Chicago, or the conditions his / her family encountered when they came to Chicago.  This week, each student will make a sketch to begin planning his / her drawing.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will also continue learning about architecture. This week, students will finish their elevation drawings.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 219 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 12/05/2016

December 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is a look at what we are working on for this week:

Kindergarten: The students in these classes will read the story The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  We will use the illustrations in these stories as inspiration as we create our own winter landscape drawings.  This week, each student will plan his / her drawing in pencil.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will continue to plan his / her inetrior in pencil.

2nd Grade: The 2nd Graders will continue learning portrait photography. This week, each student will continue by making a sketch of his / her own self-portrait photograph.  Each self portrait must use the student’s facial expression, and pose to give us clues about the mood.

3rd Grade: These students will continue learning about nonobjective art (art that does not try to represent a person, a place, or a thing).  This week, each student will begin using watercolor paints to paint his / her drawing.

4th Grade:  The students in these classes will continue learning about art made by the Inuit, a Native American group who lives in the areas near the North Pole. This week, each student will continue to create an animal drawing.  Each drawing must use hatching or cross-hatching to show the texture of the animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

5th Grade:  Students in Room 210 will finish make any necessary revisions to their One-Point Perspective Drawing #2 (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE) Students in Room 219 will continue working on this assignment.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 210 who were unable to finish their revisions during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available before school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.  I will be available after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 210 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

6th Grade: The students in Room 218 will continue working on Perspective Drawing #2.  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE).  Students in room 216 will finish Perspective Drawing #1.  To see the worksheets we are using in class, click HERE and HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room 216 who were unable to finish their drawings during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 219 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.

7th Grade: The 7th graders in Room 119 will work on two things this week.  They will finish drawing their floor plans and they will also make any necessary additional revisions to their Migration Worksheets.

PLEASE NOTE: Revisions to worksheets for students in Room 119 are due Tuesday morning @ 9:00 AM.  Revisions to worksheets for students in Room 120 are due Friday morning @ 9:00 AM.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in Room who were unable to finish floor plans during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to complete them.  I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student who is coming during one of these times should make an appointment at least one day in advance and that student should also get written permission from his / her parent (a handwritten note or an email).  Drawings for Room 119 are due Thursday @ 4:15 PM.  Drawings for Room 120 are due NEXT Tuesday @ 4:15 PM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will also continue learning about architecture. This week, students will finish their floor plans.  They will also begin creating elevation drawings of their homes (an elevation is a drawing that shows one view of the exterior of a building).

As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

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