Monday, March 26, 2018

The Ratner School Art Program

We have had another highly productive and creative week in the art program. The students have worked diligently to finish up several long term projects before we leave for Spring Break. I like coming back to school with a new set of projects to finish out our school year. I hope you all have a restful break and enjoy time with your family.

Kindergarten Art 

We began a new study based on the art of Alexander Calder. The students saw a short presentation showing several example of Calder's work, focused mainly on his bent wire portraits. A short video was presented showing Calder creating his wire portraits. The first step of the project was to create a wooden base for the wire portrait. Each student worked in the Maker Space sanding their wooden block to create a smooth surface. After sanding, the students painted their bases with white paint to prepare for the sculpture. They enjoyed working in the Maker Space and I plan on working in the space again with them.

1st and 2nd Grade Art

I am glad to announce that all the biography portraits have been completed! As always, I am so impressed with the level of detail and sophistication the students displayed in their biography projects. They were inventive, creative and engaged in every step of the process.  I am looking forward to hearing their biography presentations tomorrow.

3rd and 4th Grade Art

We only had one class last week due to the Inlet Dance performance. The students continued work on their expressive self portraits and several students began their background design. They all seem to have enjoyed the project and I look forward to seeing the completed work. I believe everyone will complete their portraits this week and I plan on sending home the Monet bridge work (finally)!

5th and 6th Grade Art

Well over half of the students have finished their landscape collage projects. While the project took more time than in the past, the results are worth the wait. The students showed strong growth in their ability to see and match the colors and textures of the original sample and then began developing their own process to add to the work. I should remember the process after all these years teaching, but I am always amazed at the work they can create. I will try to send home the portrait projects this week and hang the landscape work up in the school.

7th and 8th Grade Art

The finishing touches are going on the candy dispensers this week and 99.9% of the dispensers work! We had a couple of missteps with the assembly of the parts and I believe the students learned so much with this project. One of the main reasons I wanted to create a Maker Space at the school was to teach the students how to follow a plan, work on building their problem solving skills and give them a basic understanding of hand held and power tools. I am so pleased with the progress the 7th and 8th grade class has demonstrated in these areas. I believe they are well prepared for the rigors of any high school program.