Stage III Art Blog

The Farm, The Outdoor Studio, The Art of Reading and More!

We couldn't have had a more beautiful day for our trip to Stewart Farm. Our Stage III artists chose their points of affinity - natural objects or views that "spoke" to them in some way. Choices of materials were offered, and below are some of the sketches from that day. 

Jose's drawing of the pond

Jose's drawing of the pond

Oscar's drawing of grasses

Oscar's drawing of grasses

Marin draws a close-up of a plant.

Marin draws a close-up of a plant.

Annabel combines her observations with her imagination!

Annabel combines her observations with her imagination!

Danial draws a view of the pond and a house in the distance. 

Danial draws a view of the pond and a house in the distance. 

 

Our Woods, Our Creek

The Outdoor Studio

We began our recent drawings with a study of color using chalk pastels. Our first year artists blended pastels, using mostly analogous colors. These studies became the backgrounds for our later work in the outdoor studio. We took our colored papers out to an area n the woods, and each child decided which part of the woods or creek to render. Finally, we reflected on our work, and defined areas and completed our compositions in the studio. Pastel and charcoal techniques were introduced and incorporated in this work. Our vivid nature studies are appearing in the Steward Building lobby. 

 

Drawing in the Outdoor Studio

Drawing in the Outdoor Studio

Oscar's rendering of the foliage by the creek

Oscar's rendering of the foliage by the creek

Griffin's view of the creek

Griffin's view of the creek

Johnathan's rendering of the woods

Johnathan's rendering of the woods

Miguel's close-up rendering of a leaf in the woods

Miguel's close-up rendering of a leaf in the woods

Alexi's drawing of branches over the creek

Alexi's drawing of branches over the creek

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Ava W.'s and Zoe's self-portraits are among the first year Stage III pieces appearing in the Steward Building! 

The Art of Reading

This Art/Library collaborative class has been fascinating!  Carmen and I have been inspired by the inventive ways the children have been translating their thinking into words and images. Our 16" x16" paintings are appearing on the board in the hallway of our Stage III building.

Last week Carmen led a wonderful discussion.  She showed us minimalist illustrations depicting various tales, and we had to guess which tale the image represented - and why. Can you guess which story the the poster below (sorry about the small size!) depicts? The children guessed every image Carmen showed them, and their responses revealed very creative thinking!

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Signe translates her feelings about reading through her use of the elements of art.

Signe translates her feelings about reading through her use of the elements of art.

Sandra illustrates one of her favorite characters from a book. 

Sandra illustrates one of her favorite characters from a book.