Week of 01/30/2017

January 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have in store for the last week of the marking period:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue creating drawings inspired by the work of the artist Piet Mondrian.  This week, each student will continue to use markers to color his / her drawing

1st Grade: Each student will continue using the pinch pottery technique to create a vessel.

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 creating sculptures inspired by the artist Isamu Noguchi.  This week, each student will use sheets of styrofoam to create at least 5 biomorpphic shapes for his / her sculpture.

4th Grade:  These students will continue working on their relief printing project. This week, they will continue using their printing plates to create prints.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders will continue working on their animation project.   This week, each student will continue drawing the pages for his / her flip book.

6th Grade: These students will continue learning about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  This week, students in Room 218 will use carving tools to carve their designs into their clay tiles.

NOTE: Students in Room 216 will not have class this week.

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 use oil pastels to paint his / her canvas board

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue learning about cel animation. This week, each group will plan the cels for their animation.

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

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 01/23/2017

January 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we have planned for the week ahead:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue creating drawings inspired by the work of the artist Piet Mondrian.  This week, each student will continue to use markers to color his / her drawing

1st Grade: Each student will continue using the pinch pottery technique to create a vessel.

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 begin a new project.  They will learn about sculptures created by the artist Isamu Noguchi.  He lived part of his life in Japan and part of his life in the United States. As a result, he got to learn about art from both countries.  While in Japan, he learned about joinery, a technique used to make furniture and buildings by using small notches in the pieces of these objects instead of using nails or screws.  While he was in the United States, he learned about abstract art.  He then created art that used elements from both kinds of art.  He made large sculptures that used biomorphic shapes like he saw in the abstract art he learned about.  He attached the pieces of these sculptures by using joinery techniques that he learned about in Japan.  Each student is creating his / her own sculpture inspired by the work of Isamu Noguchi. Each student will begin by drawing at least 8 biomorphic shapes that could be used in a sculpture.

4th Grade:  These students will continue working on their relief printing project. Students in Room 203 will finish creating their printing plates.  Students in Room 207 will begin using their printing plates to create prints.

NOTE: Any students in Room 203 who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Printing plates for students in Room 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

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).  Students in Room 210 will begin drawing the pages for their flip books.  Students in Room 219 will make any necessary revisions to their storyboards.

NOTE: Any students in Room 219 who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 219 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

6th Grade: These students will continue learning about tile work created by artists in Morocco.  Students in Room 216 will finish designing their tiles.  Students in Room 218 will make any necessary revisions to their sketches.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 218 are due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.   Drawings for students in Room 218 are due next Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

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 transferring his / her drawing to a canvas board and, if time allows, begin painting that canvas board.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue learning about cel animation. This week, each group will create a background for their animation.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take work on them before school or after school.  I will be available to work with students before school next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be available in the morning from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student coming to see me before school or after school needs to give me at least 1 days notice and to get written permission from a parent.

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

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 01/17/2017

January 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Here is what we will be working on this week:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will continue learning about the artist Piet Mondrian.  He went from making to making representational art (art that shows things from the world around us in a realistic way) to making abstract art (art that takes things from the world around us and changes it).  Eventually, he decided to only use 3 colors (red, yellow, and blue) and 2 shapes (squares and rectangles).  After looking at examples of his paintings, each student will make a Mondrian-inspired drawing.  Today, each student will begin by planning his / her drawing in pencil.

1st Grade: Students in Room 107 will work with clay.  I will show then examples of different kinds of vessels (a vessel is a hollow container) and I will explain that people have been using vessels to make clay for thousands of years.  I will then demonstrate how to use the pinch pottery technique to create a vessel and each student will then use this technique to create his / her own vessel.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the holiday, students in Room 105 will not have art class this week.

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 continue to 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.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the holiday, students in Room 201 will not have art class this week.

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.

This week, each student in Room 203 will make any necessary revisions to his / her drawing.  Each student in Room 207 will make any necessary revisions to his / her printing plate.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 207 are due next Tuesday @ 9:00 AM.

5th Grade:  The 5th graders in Room 218 will continue working on their animation project.  This week, students in Room 218 will make any necessary revisions to their first drafts.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 218 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the holiday, students in Room 210 will not have art class this week.

6th Grade: The students 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 in Room 216 will begin by creating a sketch to plan his / her tile.  Students in Room 219 will finish their first drafts.

NOTE: Any students in Room 218 who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 218 are due next Monday @ 9:00 AM.

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 make any necessary revisions to their sketches.  If time allows, they will begin transferring their drawings to canvas boards.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings are due Friday morning @ 9:00 AM.

8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue learning about  cel animation.  This week, each group will continue creating a storyboard for their animation.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take work on them before school or after school.  I will be available to work with students before school next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be available in the morning from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student coming to see me before school or after school needs to give me at least 1 days notice and to get written permission from a parent.

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

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

Week of 01/09/2017

January 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi All,

Happy New Year!   I hope you enjoyed your holiday break.  As we begin the new year, here is what we will be working on:

Kindergarten: Students in these classes will learn about Neolithic cave drawings created by people in France’s Lascaux region.  These drawings all feature different animals.  People today aren’t really sure why people made these drawings but since they often feature animals that were used for food and clothing, one theory is that the drawings were thought to being people good luck when they hunted for these animals.  We will spend some time brainstorming a list of animals we use for food and clothing today and we will then make our own cave drawings featuring these animals.

1st Grade: These students will continue creating paintings inspired by interiors painted by the artist Henri Matisse.  This week, each student will finish coloring 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 continue to 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 use 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.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 203 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 207 are due next Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.

This week, each student in Room 207 will also use his / her animal drawing to create a printing plate that will be used for the next part of the assignment.

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).  Students in Room 219 will finish planning their storyboards.  Students in Room 210 will make any necessary revisions to their first drafts.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings for students in Room 210 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.  Drawings for students in Room 210 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.

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 216 will finish working on Perspective Drawing #2  (to see the video we are using in class, click HERE). 

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take work on them before school or after school.  I will be available to work with students before school next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be available in the morning from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM and from 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.  Any student coming to see me before school or after school needs to give me at least 1 days notice and to get written permission from a parent.

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.

NOTE: Any students who are unable to finish their assignments in class will be allowed to take them home to complete them.  Drawings are due Friday morning @ 9:00 AM.

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 continue creating a storyboard for their animation.

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

Duone Brown

Art Teacher,

Murray Language Academy

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