Well, students have finally taken home all of their shibori (Japanese art of tie-dye). They used many methods to create the designs on their fabric. Some used folding techniques, with popsicle sticks while others used rubber bands to create random circular designs. Still others attempted pole-wrapping, and the results (other than my perpetually purple hands) were spectacular! Enjoy!
1st Graders enjoyed a viewing of "Anansi the Spider," a 1969 animation of the story by Gerald McDermott. We discussed the origins of kente (ken-TAY) cloth and watched a video of a young boy weaving. Students learned how to take a stick figure and make the body more realistic. We then cut pieces of "kente cloth" (enlarged pictures of the cloth) to create traditional African clothing for our people.
Kindergarden students recently enjoyed a reading of Mo Willem's hilarious Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." After they completed their pigeon project, they had to come up with things that their pigeon would say!
3rd graders finally finished their ceramic necklaces! They each received a small lump of clay and had to step on it with their sneakers. This left an imprint of the unique texture of their shoe. Then they cut it out in a shape of their choosing and pierced a hole so that they could run a cord through it. Enjoy the pictures of the finished projects!!!
Over the last few weeks, junior high students have been learning about Georgia O'Keeffe, a twentieth-century female artist who was very well known for her paintings of flowers, desert landscapes, and animal bones. You can read more about Georgia O'Keeffe here:
Almost finished!!! Our 7th and 8th grade students have spent the last couple of weeks sculpting relief tiles. They had to choose a famous example of architecture and create their sculpture based on images of that building. They should be coming out of the kiln today, so we will have full color pictures soon! They will also be writing essays on their buildings, so each student will have an essay and a tile on the website soon. Until then, enjoy!
So, I had a very funny young lady in first grade traipsing down the hallway with untied shoelaces, and told her "Tie your shoes, woman!" She giggled at me and proceeded to tell me that she didn't know how...I feigned shock and told her that we'd have to do something about that. That day inspired a lacing card that the 1st graders can use to practice their tying skills. So each student received a piece of thin cardboard, shaped like a peanut. I showed them how to use pencil to draw the different parts of the shoe, like the toe and the tongue, and the opening to slide your foot in. They used oil pastels to add color and pattern to their shoes, and we finished them off with some nifty shoelaces. Enjoy!
An important element of art and design for our students to learn about is form. Form refers to the three-dimensional nature of an object. For example, 2D=height & width. 3D=height & width & depth. Students looked at Legos to spice up the traditional "draw & shade a cube" lesson. Once they had successfully completed one Lego, they were challenged to combine 2 or 3 Legos into a structure and draw that. They were reminded of the importance of parallel lines as they tried to figure out why an object looked all right on the bottom, but not on the top! They used pastels on black paper, creating a very vibrant exercise in form. Check it out!!!