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Stage III Art Updates

First Year Self-Portraits

         The process of creating our self-portraits was a challenging one. Using self-portrait mirrors, we thoughtfully observed our faces. We talked a lot about the placement and proportions of our features. Each artist brought a unique perspective and vision to her or his portrait. Encouraged to explore paint and other media, each portrait reflects the artist’s expressive style and creative choices. It is through creative challenges that children develop skills and wonderful habits of mind.

Zora’s words express her creative process:

"I really put a lot of effort into my face. When Mary told us we would be doing this, I was not thrilled. But, when I realized that it’s not what it is that counts, it’s the thought, I got really excited. Now, I’m done and proud of my work!"

Ahana mixes many blues and greens and adds golden waves as she creates her beautiful background!

Ahana mixes many blues and greens and adds golden waves as she creates her beautiful background!

Ren shows us his lost teeth in this joyful self-portrait.

Ren shows us his lost teeth in this joyful self-portrait.

Khalil surrounds his face with yellow, and creates a dynamic contrast in his portrait.

Khalil surrounds his face with yellow, and creates a dynamic contrast in his portrait.

Our Outdoor Studio

First Year Artists

     Our woods and creek are among the most cherished places on our campus. While the weather was warm, we lugged our materials and drawing boards down to the creek near Tire Mountain. Each artist chose a view; some had an instant affinity for the leaves floating on the water, while others were drawn to a more panoramic view. Later, we worked from photos of our views, and the children chose from a range of materials as they completed their Outdoor Studio compositions. The pieces are on display in the Steward Building lobby, hallways and library. Here are a few -  

Bree captures the textures and colors of the creek through her complex colors, expressive lines and dynamic use of space.

Bree captures the textures and colors of the creek through her complex colors, expressive lines and dynamic use of space.

Carter captures the beauty and gestures of the trees in this beautiful composition.

Carter captures the beauty and gestures of the trees in this beautiful composition.

Miera's joyful landscape is filled with exciting textures and colors.

Miera's joyful landscape is filled with exciting textures and colors.

Will captures the graceful gestures of branches in the woods.

Will captures the graceful gestures of branches in the woods.

Dominic mixed and layered many subtle shades of brown while creating his beautiful tree.

Dominic mixed and layered many subtle shades of brown while creating his beautiful tree.

Reagan noticed a paper bin and added the collage process to her repertoire of techniques in this exciting piece.

Reagan noticed a paper bin and added the collage process to her repertoire of techniques in this exciting piece.

Cadence's love of color is reflected in her beautifully inventive leaves.

Cadence's love of color is reflected in her beautifully inventive leaves.

Lila's artistic style is clearly reflected in this dynamic composition.

Lila's artistic style is clearly reflected in this dynamic composition.

Thomas creates lots of movement through his use of line and space in his exciting painting of a tree.

Thomas creates lots of movement through his use of line and space in his exciting painting of a tree.

The Outdoor Studio

Second Year Artists

Maureen: "When you go outside to draw, you feel the essence of the place - the woods and creek."
Ivana: "Being outside is like magic. It makes me feel more...open!"

       The weather could not have been more cooperative during this second Sign-Up! We enjoyed observing the changes as we visited the woods and creek over a period of a few weeks. Taking our Prismacolor pencils, charcoal and oil pastels down to the creek, we added layers of detail and color as we listened to the creek. It was a wonderfully peaceful (most of the time!) art experience.

Lydia combines and layers oil pastels to achieve the complexity of color she is observing in the creek.

Lydia combines and layers oil pastels to achieve the complexity of color she is observing in the creek.

Hollis focuses on the subtle textures and colors of the waterfall in the creek. You can almost hear it!

Hollis focuses on the subtle textures and colors of the waterfall in the creek. You can almost hear it!

Bibi shows us two views - the changing color of an autumn leaf and a richly layered view of the creek.

Bibi shows us two views - the changing color of an autumn leaf and a richly layered view of the creek.

Sophia's piece captures the subtle beauty of a simple bush in the autumn woods.

Sophia's piece captures the subtle beauty of a simple bush in the autumn woods.

In this close-up, Andrew uses an inventive approach to show us the textural quality of bark.

In this close-up, Andrew uses an inventive approach to show us the textural quality of bark.

Leia captures the grace of fallen leaves in her in-process composition.

Leia captures the grace of fallen leaves in her in-process composition.

Natalia shows us two diverse views: a bird's eye view of the creek and a close-up of the same view. She creates form in this piece through her skillful use of light and shadow.

Natalia shows us two diverse views: a bird's eye view of the creek and a close-up of the same view. She creates form in this piece through her skillful use of light and shadow.

Katerina creates textural beauty and perspective in this drawing of the woods and creek.

Katerina creates textural beauty and perspective in this drawing of the woods and creek.

Katie's composition is enlivened by her rich and creative use of color.

Katie's composition is enlivened by her rich and creative use of color.

ASSEMBLAGES

A Stage III Art Elective Class

1st and 2nd Sign-Ups

   We were all inspired, intrigued and delighted by the art of Nick Cave. his artwork, as well as the work of other artists, informed our experiences. Nick Cave's Soundsuits explore the concept of identity and the narratives we create. Since art is a visual language, we can use materials to create our own visual narratives. Using styrofoam heads as bank canvases, we planned, investigated materials and constructed our own imagined identities. Our creatures and characters took evolved as we investigated media and techniques. Some artists used wire as an armature and added plaster. Others painted with great care and intention, adding layers and details. Everyone seemed to enjoy digging into our bins of found and donated materials! We have quite an assortment of characters, from a queen of the forest to a Martian. Here are a few of the completed pieces - 

Salem's inventive use of bouncy balls gives this creature a whimsical aspect. 

Salem's inventive use of bouncy balls gives this creature a whimsical aspect. 

Anjali helps Leia apply glitter to her vivid piece.

Anjali helps Leia apply glitter to her vivid piece.

Ta'Teyanna's creative discoveries are reflected in her exuberant piece.

Ta'Teyanna's creative discoveries are reflected in her exuberant piece.

Clara's Rabbit Creature makes a vivid visual statement!

Clara's Rabbit Creature makes a vivid visual statement!

Jane's beautifully imagined and constructed piece reflects a rich narrative.

Jane's beautifully imagined and constructed piece reflects a rich narrative.

Lucas's in-process creature is inventive and intriguing!

Lucas's in-process creature is inventive and intriguing!

Betsy's wonderful Crazy Forest Lady was inventively imagined and constructed.

Betsy's wonderful Crazy Forest Lady was inventively imagined and constructed.

Clare's artfully and skillfully created character makes a strong fashion statement!

Clare's artfully and skillfully created character makes a strong fashion statement!

Asher's fabulous Duck Creature was purposefully constructed and embellished.

Asher's fabulous Duck Creature was purposefully constructed and embellished.

Abby was very judicious in her use of materials as she created her artful piece.    

Abby was very judicious in her use of materials as she created her artful piece.

 

 

A Few Words About the Art Process

  I recently came across an article entitled, The Role of the Arts in Transforming Consciousness, from Yale University. This piece resonates with me because I find that much of what the author talks about relates directly to our recent experiences in the Stage III studio - and in our Outdoor Studio. I also believe that it is especially pertinent, given our gifted children. Here are a few excerpts:

The arts invite us to attend to the qualities of sight, sound, taste and touch, so that we experience them; what we are after in the arts is the ability to perceive things, not merely to recognize them. We are given permission to slow down perception, to look hard, to savor the qualities that we try, under normal conditions, to treat so efficiently that we hardly notice them.

Another cognitive function of the arts is that in the process of creation they stabilize what would otherwise be evanescent. Ideas and images are very difficult to hold onto unless they are inscribed in a material that gives them a kind of semi-permanence. The arts, as vehicles through which such inscriptions occur, enable us to inspect more carefully our ideas, whether those ideas emerge as visual art, music or in a form of language... The arts are a means of exploring our own interior landscapes... They provide resources for experiencing the range and varieties of our responsive capacities.  

Happy Thanksgiving to All -

Next Post: More assemblages and Second Year self-portraits. I make an effort to make sure every Stage III child is represented in our blog over the course of the school year.