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.
Murray Language Academy