Stage III Art Blog

The Children's Words, Class Art and Multi-Media Explorations

Second Year Class Art

The Children Reflect

   "I wouldn't use the word love, but I would say I have a strong feeling about making art.  Art is all over the world - all the designs we humans make. We have a strong connection to the art of others in different parts of the world through their art. It's important to me to do art every day. It's important to see people around me in the art studio doing what they love. It isn't like a sport, but it's more of a challenge. I do my best, and others see it and I see their expressions of disbelief, happiness - Sometimes there is an expression that I can't describe on this paper - not fascinated or impressed, but something much larger of a feeling. I'm happy people in this school can do it. In a blog, we should have a philosophy and deeper meaning." - Conor

The Outdoor Studio

Oscar

Oscar

 "The outdoor studio affects us because our brains think differently outdoors." - Oscar

"The outdoor studio makes me comfortable in a way. The outdoor studio makes me excited because everything is a painting of Mother Nature's." - Noah

"The outdoors changes the way I do art by filling my brain with colors." - Will

" The Woods has an unlimited amount of art. If you look outside, you will see all different colors in the leaves and trees and dirt." - Griffin

"I like being in the woods because it is colorful and I love looking at the water." - Clara C.

"I love going outside. It is so peaceful out there, and my art is better because I can see a bunch of detail actually looking at the real thing." - Marin

"I notice that when I observe nature I use my own eyes." - Lucus M.

"It is peaceful outside. I can get clam and collected and do art peacefully." - Lennon

" I was drawn to the waterfall. I really like drawing a little area that's detailed. I don't like painting as much because it's hard to get the detail. I used Prismas to do the waterfall." - Lucas B.

"In the middle of the woods I felt calm, quiet and peaceful." - Cosey

Lucas B.'s detail of a waterfall in the creek

Lucas B.'s detail of a waterfall in the creek

Noah shows us the colors of autumn.

Noah shows us the colors of autumn.

Alyssa uses perspective to render her view of the creek.

Alyssa uses perspective to render her view of the creek.

Johnathan  captures the changing leaves and textures of the woods and creek.

Johnathan  captures the changing leaves and textures of the woods and creek.

In this close-up view of Elizabeth's painting, she shows us the many subtle color variations of fall leaves. 

In this close-up view of Elizabeth's painting, she shows us the many subtle color variations of fall leaves. 

Lucas M.'s painting in progress shows is the leafless trees against the fall sky.

Lucas M.'s painting in progress shows is the leafless trees against the fall sky.

Alex T. mixed many colors and painted various layers to show the colors of the water in the creek.

Alex T. mixed many colors and painted various layers to show the colors of the water in the creek.

Second Year Self-Portraits

  Using acrylics on canvas board, Second Year artists met the many challenges of painting their portraits. Looking into mirrors, they rendered their features. Some chose to paint full views of their faces, while others chose to paint only an eye or part of a face. Much thought was put into these decisions! After completing the portraits, a second canvas board was used to create a background. We explored and studied the elements and principles of design as we discussed, tested possibilities and painted the second canvases. Some artists decided to create high contrast though color, while others chose to "float" their portraits, using subtle color variations. 

Our portraits will be displayed on the bulletin board on the first floor of the Steward Building. 

"My name is Ben (P.S.). Making the self-portrait was harder this year than last year. I like the acrylics better."

"My name is Ben (P.S.). Making the self-portrait was harder this year than last year. I like the acrylics better."

Luke s.'s portrait in process - 

Luke s.'s portrait in process - 

Marin's self-portrait on process - 

Marin's self-portrait on process - 

Ben N.M. shows us an unusual view in this portrait in progress!

Ben N.M. shows us an unusual view in this portrait in progress!

Lily's self-portrait in progress - 

Lily's self-portrait in progress - 

Investigating Multi Media Art: Making Paint with Natural Materials

 Ivana created this lovely rendering of a leaf using pokeberry paint made from berries we collected on the playground.

 Ivana created this lovely rendering of a leaf using pokeberry paint made from berries we collected on the playground.

   We created paint using pokeberries form our woods, onion skins form the grocery store and sandalwood. We cooked, strained and then added potato starch to our paint. At first, the pokeberry paint looked pink, but later turned blue! This was a true fusion of science and art! We drew land painted leaves, sticks and other natural objects for observation.

Cosey's nasturtium close-up celebrates the design of the leaf.

Cosey's nasturtium close-up celebrates the design of the leaf.

Asher captures the pattern and variation of color in this rendering of a nasturtium leaf. 

Asher captures the pattern and variation of color in this rendering of a nasturtium leaf. 

Clara C. creates a graceful composition of falling leaves. 

Clara C. creates a graceful composition of falling leaves. 

Dana records the varieties of leaves in her beautiful painting.

Dana records the varieties of leaves in her beautiful painting.

This close-up of Zach's painting shows us his beautiful quality of line.

This close-up of Zach's painting shows us his beautiful quality of line.

Parker incorporated all our paints in his creative composition of leaves.