Kindergarten "Maccia" Sculptures
Kindergarteners learned about the artist Dale Chihuly and his series of glass sculptures entitled Maccia (ma-key-yah). The students watched a video of Chihuly at work in his glass blowing studio, and learned that when sand and fire are combined, it creates molten glass that then hardens into a form. Like Chihuly, our kindergarteners explored color combinations while creating their sculptures. They selected three intense colors for the interior of their sculptures and one contrasting color for the lip. Each student created two beautiful sculptures using coffee filters and water soluble markers. Beautiful!
1st Grade Self Portraits
First graders drew and painted self-portraits in Modigliani’s style – oval heads, long necks, sloping shoulders, almond eyes, pursed lips, and patchy backgrounds. The students became color scientists, observing and questioning, as they mixed secondary colors, neutral colors (skin tones), and tints and shades (hair colors). They outlined their portraits in their choice of black or gray crayon and then added interesting details, like rosy cheeks, kippot and barrettes, using brightly colored soft pastels.
Students used the computer application Blabberize to animate their self-portrait. Their fantastic “Talking Self-Portraits” videos are a culmination of an interdisciplinary unit combining art, literacy and technology.
2nd Grade Krazy Koi
Second-grade students made imaginative “Krazy Koi” out of clay. We started this lesson by considering why artists of different cultures and time periods are inspired by koi ponds. The students viewed a beautiful 1,000-year-old Chinese scroll by Lui Gui titled Fish Swimming Amid Falling Flowers as well as contemporary artists’ interpretation of a koi pond, including the iPhone app “Koi Pond” and Mrs. Bergel’s koi pond coffee table. To make their “Krazy Koi,” the students made a pinch pot for the head and used slabs (cookies, we call them) and coils to create interesting details, like tails, fins, teeth, and eyes. They also used a special tempura gloss to paint their Krazy Koi.
3rd Grade Native American Bark Art
We constructed a portable wall hanging based on the general aesthetic of historical Native American culture. The “bark” background is created with an action-based crumple and painting technique—always fun! Materials also include paint, chalk, yarn, twigs and beads. The many steps of this unit allow a full experience and personal expression.
4th Grade Weaving Fibers
Weaving is one of the oldest art forms. In this unit students explore precision weaving and free expression. Each student also planned a landscape based on color and form. Skill and patience are required.
5th Grade Drawing in Perspective & 3-D
Learning to draw in 3-D is an essential skill to have as an artist or creative thinker. Drawing realistically with the illusion of depth was a breakthrough in art history. The discovery of the vanishing point is key. Knowing how to draw in 3-D allows the student artist to use realism as an aid to description and visual explanation.