Thanks to Dan, Our Visiting Artist
Our Winter Art class was fortunate enough to have Dan, Johnathan's dad, come in talk with us about photography. Dan created a delightful and highly informative slide show presentation for our class. Using a photograph of a stuffed character he brought back from Japan, he illustrated how we can use the rectangle - the shape we use when composing photographs. The children were engrossed in Dan's presentations, and I've heard them refer to the power points of the rectangle he mentioned. We continue to photograph during recess times. Thanks to Dan for his awesome presentation; it surely informed the children's art in wonderful ways!
SAMURAI AT THE DIA
This exhibition goes far beyond swords! The show features the Samurai during the EDO period, when they were the rulers of Japan. The Samurai were not only unbelievably skilled with swords, they were also practiced in the arts. They learned calligraphy and painted screens. There are many links between art and culture in this exhibit. The next few Family Sundays feature Kuniko Yamamoto, a storyteller who combines music and folktales, an artist demonstration of traditional flower arranging and kendo and judo demonstrations in the Rivera Court. Visit dia.org for details.
The Royal Industrial City of Neona
The biggest challenge we had creating this art installation was voting on a name! Stage III children were filled with knowledge, excitement and a plethora of ideas as they created the pieces for our art. We researched architecture and city life of the era, discovering more about this fascinating time in our history. We also studied the work of cut paper artists Kara Walker, Niki McClure and Rob Ryan. Their artworks were very diverse stylistically, so the children were not imitating a "style". We talked about the various ways art problems can be solved, and the children were encouraged to use divergent thinking. As a result, we have everything from a battleship - to a peaceful tree on the outskirts - to a dragon flying above, protecting our city! Most of the children had the opportunity to chose the placements of their pieces. Integrating art with Stage III homeroom studies allows us to deepen and enrich our experiences.