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.
Murray Language Academy