Stage III Art Blog

Reflections and Beginnings

First Year Self-Portraits from The First Sign-Up

      Looking at the First-Year self-portraits, I recall all the challenges, creative problem solving and moments of inspiration as the children worked through the various processes. I see the uniqueness of each child reflected in these pieces; the wide variety of brushstrokes, choices of art elements and even scale of this art tells a story about each artist. The second years will also create self-portraits this Sign-Up, but the media and techniques presented will be very different. 

Luke paints a vibrant background for his self-portrait.

Luke paints a vibrant background for his self-portrait.

Camryn invested  much time and thought into the process of mixing paint for her skin tones.

Camryn invested  much time and thought into the process of mixing paint for her skin tones.

Clara G. mixed and tested many blues - cerulean, ultramarine and thalo - while creating her beautiful eyes and background.

Clara G. mixed and tested many blues - cerulean, ultramarine and thalo - while creating her beautiful eyes and background.

Matthew's love of chihuahuas and his humor is reflected in his lively self-portrait.   

Matthew's love of chihuahuas and his humor is reflected in his lively self-portrait. 

 

Wesley' gave his thoughtful self-portrait an artful and unique background.

Wesley' gave his thoughtful self-portrait an artful and unique background.

Alivia blended color families beautifully as she investigated all of the media offered.

Alivia blended color families beautifully as she investigated all of the media offered.

Ian knew instantly which color of background would best enhance the detailed rendering of his face.

Ian knew instantly which color of background would best enhance the detailed rendering of his face.

Taye's joyful portrait reflects his approach to this process.

Taye's joyful portrait reflects his approach to this process.

Dana decided to use color pencil techniques for her background in this wonderful self-portrait.

Dana decided to use color pencil techniques for her background in this wonderful self-portrait.

Emerson creates a strong design with his use of black sharpie.  

Emerson creates a strong design with his use of black sharpie.  

Jack created a vivid portrait through his use of contrasting colors. His words, "I am proud of this art.", express the satisfaction an artist feels when he/she meets the challenges of this process and finds meaningful solutions.

Jack created a vivid portrait through his use of contrasting colors. His words, "I am proud of this art.", express the satisfaction an artist feels when he/she meets the challenges of this process and finds meaningful solutions.

Second Years Explore the Outdoor Studio 

       The Second-Year artists are completing pieces which began in our outdoor studio. We took our drawing boards down to the creek by Tire Mountain; there are lots of great "sit spots" there on large rocks, logs and stumps. Each artist chose a view and sketched in their preliminary composition. During subsequent classes we worked from photographs we took while working outside. Using choices of pencils, various sharpies and Prismacolors, we added definition and detail to our pieces. Later, we worked with tubes of watercolor. There were many conversations  regarding the many layers and varieties of colors, textures and shapes of the trees, rocks and creek. Observational, technical and aesthetic skills were emphasized as we rendered and painted. Our sense of wonder was ignited as we discovered the richness of nature. 

It started to drizzle a bit as we worked by the creek!

It started to drizzle a bit as we worked by the creek!

The drizzle created beautifully complex ripples, which you may see reflected in some of our art.

The drizzle created beautifully complex ripples, which you may see reflected in some of our art.

Elizabeth composes her view of the woods and creek. 

Elizabeth composes her view of the woods and creek. 


Luke S. uses perspective as he renders and paints his composition.

Luke S. uses perspective as he renders and paints his composition.

Coming Soon: The Artists describe our Investigating Mixed Media Adventures!

P.S. - All children will be represented in our Stage III art blog  eventually this year!