Stage III Art Blog

The Outdoor Studio and Pattern

The Outdoor Studio

       Our Class Art first year artists created pieces inspired by the beauty of our natural world. Drawing the woods and creek from observation strengthens skills and focus, heightens aesthetic  awareness and fosters stewardship. This was apparent as the children shared their discoveries with excitement and made astute observations. While working outside on drawing boards, many children commented on how peaceful they felt. Below are some photos that describe the various stages of our process:

 

Using water based inks, we created mono prints. Studying the color wheel informed our choices as we lixdd colored inks. 

Using water based inks, we created mono prints. Studying the color wheel informed our choices as we lixdd colored inks. 

Some artists used pine needles and other natural bits and pieces of nature to create a textural print. This is Anjali's printing plate after she pulled the paper from it and created her print. 

Some artists used pine needles and other natural bits and pieces of nature to create a textural print. This is Anjali's printing plate after she pulled the paper from it and created her print. 

Isaac's plate before he pulled his print. 

Isaac's plate before he pulled his print. 

During our next classes, we explored the woods area and each artist chose a view. After setting up drawing boards, we  used  charcoal to render our views on our colorful prints. 

During our next classes, we explored the woods area and each artist chose a view. After setting up drawing boards, we  used  charcoal to render our views on our colorful prints. 

Two artists gather tools: kneaded erasers and charcoal pencils and sticks. 

Two artists gather tools: kneaded erasers and charcoal pencils and sticks. 

We completed our drawings the following class, using photos of our views. 

We completed our drawings the following class, using photos of our views. 

Ethan shows us the tangled branches of a bush by a fallen log.

Ethan shows us the tangled branches of a bush by a fallen log.

Kevin shows us the lively gestures of grasses by the creek.

Kevin shows us the lively gestures of grasses by the creek.

T.T. uses various techniques to show us her view of the creek.

T.T. uses various techniques to show us her view of the creek.

PATTERN 

A Stage III Art Elective

 

 Yayoi Kusama's art inspires us as we investigate this amazing principle of art - pattern!

 Yayoi Kusama's art inspires us as we investigate this amazing principle of art - pattern!

    We have been finding patterns everywhere as we look around us! Going beyond the more obvious patterns, we have been exploring branching and flowing patterns of the natural world. We have also been studying how we create diverse patterns using the elements of art. Looking at pattern in art, from ancient to contemporary, we are learning about wonderful and exciting ways artists use pattern. Our processes include acrylics on canvas  - and corks - and photography. Below are some images that describe our studies:

We mixed acrylic paints, painted canvas board, and created pattern through our use of shape, color and line.

We mixed acrylic paints, painted canvas board, and created pattern through our use of shape, color and line.

We painted lots and lots of corks! (Thanks to Whole Foods for donating a huge bag filled with them!)

We painted lots and lots of corks! (Thanks to Whole Foods for donating a huge bag filled with them!)

A close-up of Bibi's composition demonstrates how we used the corks to enrich our compositions, add dimension and incorporate pattern.

A close-up of Bibi's composition demonstrates how we used the corks to enrich our compositions, add dimension and incorporate pattern.

Natalia creates flowing patterns through her use of color and line.

Natalia creates flowing patterns through her use of color and line.

Sofia uses textural element as she builds her composition.

Sofia uses textural element as she builds her composition.

Lennon adds many layers as he builds up the surface of his canvas.

Lennon adds many layers as he builds up the surface of his canvas.

Tom Kirby of Blue Sky Photography, and Mary's husband, shares photography techniques with us. Tom's visit helped us prepare for our next art process in Pattern: PHOTOGRAPHY!

Tom Kirby of Blue Sky Photography, and Mary's husband, shares photography techniques with us. Tom's visit helped us prepare for our next art process in Pattern: PHOTOGRAPHY!