“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s A
February is a short month filled with so much celebrations. February hosts, Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Presidents day which leads us straight in to vacation! We were inspired to bring much of that celebration in to the art room.
Our Younger students read Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryant . This book is full of bright colors and shares an appreciation for beauty and one’s heritage. The message of the black bird was that “color on the outside is not what’s on the inside.” The students created a paper collage that paid homage to the cover of the book.
They also learned about American Pop artist. Jim Dine and created art work inspired by his use of heart shapes.
First grade focused on portraiture. We read Do you have a Hat by Eileen Spilnelli. We read about many historical figures and their hats. In the spirit of that, the artist drew oversize hats and then drew full body portraits before using crayon and watercolor to finish the piece.
Our Third grade artists learned about composition when creating their winter silhouettes. They created a water color wash for their background using a variety of colors. They divided their paper into thirds to create a foreground, mid ground and back ground. They created silhouettes of winter trees, fences, horizon lines and shadows using black paint. Their proud work was hung in the Stoughton Superintendents conference room.
Our older grades learned about Brazilian artist Romero Britto and loved his use of vibrant color and bold patterns. They created their own Britto style hearts using a variety of mediums.
Fifth grade also started working on "I am" posters. For this project, the artists chose 5 adjectives that they feel describes who they are and will be creating whimsical lines and fonts in black crayon and then choose a variety of watercolors to paint creating a wax resist painting. Fifth grade will be starting 3D portraits next.