Stage III Art Blog

Constructing Art

              Observing our first year Stage III children during "free art"  - usually at the end of our classes - I noticed that many of them seemed to love constructing with paper and other materials. I changed plans, and designed art experiences to incorporate the children's natural proclivity for the building process. We began constructing compositions using cardboard scraps. Much attention was paid to the elements and principles of art. We discussed how to use shape and line to create excitement and unity in our compositions. Looking at the constructions of Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg and Agnes Martin inspired and informed our study. Later, we used acrylic and tempera paints, exploring color relationships in our pieces. 

 

Constructing our cardboard compositions

Constructing our cardboard compositions

Teddy adds the element of color to his composition.

Teddy adds the element of color to his composition.

Madison paints her piece.

Madison paints her piece.

Madison's completed art

Madison's completed art

Lily's piece went through many color transformations as she studied color relationships. 

Lily's piece went through many color transformations as she studied color relationships. 

Looking at this close-up of Will's piece, we see many layers of color.

Looking at this close-up of Will's piece, we see many layers of color.

Abby used many painting techniques as she composed with color.

Abby used many painting techniques as she composed with color.

Ben P.S.'s piece uses complimentary colors in subtle ways.

Ben P.S.'s piece uses complimentary colors in subtle ways.

Christopher uses contrast in his composition.

Christopher uses contrast in his composition.

Ben T. creates a creature!

Ben T. creates a creature!

Nick layers many, many shades of green and black in his piece.

Nick layers many, many shades of green and black in his piece.