Welcome back - finally! Before leaving for the break, most second years completed their self-portraits. A few are finishing up during recesses - something we call "art lunch". Children bring lunches to the art room, or stop by after lunch, and finish their art work, explore media or do "free art". This is totally voluntary; many children ask to come. They enjoy a peaceful break from the lunchroom, have a strong interest in some type of art or are motivated to finish a piece that requires more time. The portraits are up in the lobby of the Steward Building. The second year artists were not as interested in having their photos taken, so we decided to include only their words in addition to their wonderful art.
Inspired by Kennedy's book, The Dragon Dimension, Scott and Dee's study of mythical creatures and Harry Potter, and Jameson's love of mythology, we are embarking on a study of dragons. While we will reference many illustrations of dragons and discuss dragon lore, each Stage III artist will invent and create their own dragon. Choices of materials are available, from Prismacolor pencils to paint. We are cutting them out and eventually our creatures will appear in the lobby. Each piece will be accompanied by a description of the dragon. We are having a wonderful time figuring out which materials will lend themselves to creating fur and scale textures and which powers to give our dragons!
Our Design class is underway! We began by making sketchbooks so we could record our processes. Our first design challenge is to create a vessel that has both a pleasing form and a function. We began sketching in our books. Everyone was encouraged to brainstorm ideas: What is a vessel? How can my vessel be used? Does the shape and construction of my vessel match the function well? How can I improve the function of my vessel by changing the form? Which clay techniques will work best? Our pieces are in the kiln and ready to be fired! We plan to glaze them during out next class. Our pieces will be black and white. Eliminating the element of color helps us focus on other design elements for this piece.