Monday, February 13, 2017

The Ratner School Art Program

While we missed the energy of the 7th and 8th grade students this week at school, we carried on and continued to create, build, talk and problem solve our way through the week. I look forward to a full week with all my classes! We have new work hanging throughout the school and I hope you all have the opportunity to walk around both floors of the school to view the work. I love hearing the students stop on their way to their classes talking about their work and the work of their friends. Thank you all for the comments and support to all the developing artists at our school.

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1961, Pen and ink on paper

Kindergarten Art

The Kindergarten art class learned about the work of Grandma Moses and studied several of her paintings. They created a painted landscape using tempera paint then drew their homes on a separate sheet of paper.  The house showed basic one-point perspective and was to show several details of their home. The house drawing was cut out and glued onto the background, creating a folk art inspired painting. The final stage of the project was to create a patterned "quilt" border for their painting. Look for the work displayed in the Montessori hallways, they really enjoyed this project.

1st and 2nd Grade Art

We enjoyed the gallery opening on Wednesday and the students showed their developing skills at talking critically about their work and the work of their peers. I heard several helpful comments and suggestions from the artists. While creating art is certainly important, learning how to view and talk about art and the creative process is equally valuable. I am trying to build the skill of communication and critical process through the gallery talks. I hope you will all take the time to view the work on display in the lobby, it is a fantastic display of their creative work. We also began a new project based on figure drawing. The students created a figure drawing book using the posable wooden mannequins. I hope you enjoyed seeing their drawings and will indulge them if they ask you to pose for them!

3rd and 4th Grade Art

The students made steady progress with the layout and cutting of the cube pattern for the current sculpture project. They have the template cut out on white poster board and have begun adding the patterns on the surface. We will continue to explore the patterns from Mesopotamia to contribute to the zentangle patterns on their sculptures.

5th and 6th Grade Art

We moved the class to the Maker Space to continue work on the rhombicosidodecahedron project. (That word is so fun to type.)  All the students have completed the cut work and folds for the geometric solid form. Two students have completed their project and are completing a new form with colored designs on the surface. I look forward to seeing the results of their exploration.

Fun times in the art room 

7th and 8th Grade Art

The students were away on the Eleuthera trip, so I do not have an update for them this week. I thought I would just show a few of the in progress paintings. They are close completion and I expect them to finish the project this week. I am looking forward to hearing about their trip this week!