Here is what we will be working on in this week’s art classes:
Kindergarten: These students will use collage to create paper bag puppets.
1st Grade: Students in these classes will learn about the artist Pablo Picasso. I will explain the definition of the term mood and show the students examples of different ways that artists create mood in a portrait (using the person’s facial expression, using the person’s pose, using the person’s surroundings). I will then show the students examples of paintings created by Pablo Picasso during his blue period. I will explain that one of the reasons this period in his artistic output got its name is because many of the people in his paintings were sad, lonely, or scared. After looking at these examples, I will ask each student to create a self-portrait showing a time in that student’s life when he / she was sad, lonely, or scared. This week, each student will begin planning his / her drawing in pencil.
2nd Grade: The students in 2nd grade will continue creating fabric designs inspired by Adire cloth created by the Yourba people of Nigeria.
3rd Grade: These students will begin learning about manuscript illuminations. I will explain that before the invention of the printing press, each book was made by hand (the word “manuscript” means “written by hand”). This was a long, expensive process, so each book was considered to be a precious object. I will show the students examples of the illustrations used to decorate these books. We will focus on a special type of illumination called a historiated letter. To create this type of letter, the artist took the first letter of a chapter or section and enlarged it. the artist then used various techniques to decorate the letter (drawing pictures inside the letter or around the letter, adding a border to the page, putting patterns inside the letter or around the letter, transforming the letter into something else). Each student will then take the first letter of his / her name and use that letter to create an historiated letter. This week, each student will plan his / her historiated letter in pencil.
4th Grade:The students in these classes will continue creating clay sculptures of monsters from Greek mythology.
5th Grade: The 5th graders will continue learning about gold work created by the Akan people of Ghana. These designs make extensive use of pattern and the patterns in these designs often use radial symmetry (a design has radial symmetry when all of its elements are organized around the center). Each student is creating an Akan-inspired design. Each student’s design must use at least 3 shapes to create a pattern and each pattern must use radial symmetry. This week, each student will continue inscribing his / her design into a sheet of gold foil.
NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete this project in class will be allowed to take it home to complete it. Designs for students in Room 210 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM. Designs for students in Room 219 are due Friday @ 9:00 AM.
6th Grade: These students will continue working on designs inspired by tile work from Morocco. This week, each student will continue carving his / her tile.
NOTE: Students in Room 218 who are unable to finish carving their tiles during class will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be available next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM). Tiles are due next Thursday @ 4;15 PM.
7th Grade: The students in these classes will continue creating clay animations. This week, students in Room 119 will finish creating their storyboards. Students in Room 120 will continue creating backgrounds for their animations and, if time allows, they will also use clay to create the characters for their animations.
NOTE: Students in Room 119 who are unable to finish the required work for their animations will be allowed to come in before school or after school to work on them. I will be this Tuesday and Wednesday before school (8:15 AM – 8:45 AM) and after school (3:45 PM – 4:15 PM). Storyboards for Room 119 are due Wednesday @ 4;15 PM.
8th Grade: The 8th graders will continue creating concrete poems. This week, students will finish their first drafts and, if necessary, revise their first drafts.
NOTE: Any students who are unable to complete this project in class will be allowed to take it home to complete it. First drafts for students in Room 116 and 118 are due Wednesday @ 9:00 AM.
If there are any questions, please let me know.