Stage III Art Blog

Family Night, Frida and Diego and the First Buds of Spring

Family Night

Thanks to all the families who visited our artful market place during the Stage III Family Night! All the clay pieces are sorted by homeroom and ready to go home. The pieces are fragile, so I'm hoping parents can pick them up - perhaps during conferences. Bags are available on the tables. Thanks! Here are a few examples of our Ancient Roman inspired egg tempera paintings, clay pieces and mural art:

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Clara Y.'s egg tempera painting features a beautiful pear. 

Adeline mixed various pigments with egg yolk to create her subtle range of colors.

Adeline mixed various pigments with egg yolk to create her subtle range of colors.

Lucas B. enjoys looking at things very closely and chose to focus on an artichoke. 

Lucas B. enjoys looking at things very closely and chose to focus on an artichoke. 

Marin creates contrast with her choice of colors in this lively composition.

Marin creates contrast with her choice of colors in this lively composition.

Alex T. creates a dynamic composition with his use of space.

Alex T. creates a dynamic composition with his use of space.

Elyse creates a unique composition and vibrant painting through her uses of space and color. 

Elyse creates a unique composition and vibrant painting through her uses of space and color. 

Aiden shows us the rich and varied colors of his subjects in this beautifully composed piece. 

Aiden shows us the rich and varied colors of his subjects in this beautifully composed piece. 

Christopher mixes many yellows and oranges to create a vivid sun for our mural.

Christopher mixes many yellows and oranges to create a vivid sun for our mural.

Alex M. creates a very realistic looking scorpion for our marketplace vista.

Alex M. creates a very realistic looking scorpion for our marketplace vista.

Teddy incorporated his knowledge of Ancient Roman mythology as he constructed these wonderful pieces. 

Teddy incorporated his knowledge of Ancient Roman mythology as he constructed these wonderful pieces. 

Carter's creature has beautifully flowing appendages.

Carter's creature has beautifully flowing appendages.

A.J. transformed his inventive lamp into a fish with a lid!

A.J. transformed his inventive lamp into a fish with a lid!

Abby adds texture and Ancient Roman inspired designs to her beautiful pot.

Abby adds texture and Ancient Roman inspired designs to her beautiful pot.

Asher created an Ancient Roma inspired key design for his beautiful lantern.

Asher created an Ancient Roma inspired key design for his beautiful lantern.

Frida and Diego: A Stage III Elective Class

 

        This class is inspired by the art and lives of these two great Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Instead of creating mimetic art, our conversations have centered around the ways they approached painting - their inspirations. One of the most distinctive aspects of Frida's portraits and Diego's easel paintings is the predominance of flowers. And, were are all pretty tired of winter, so it was fun to fill the art room with lots of greenery and blooms! We began by planning our still life paintings on paper. Next, we blocked our compositions in with neutral paint on large canvas panels. Then, we spent classes mixing acrylics and painting layers of color. Some of use decided to add chalk pastel to our still life paintings. They will be on display on the bulletin board in the hallway of the Steward Building. 

        A field trip to the DIA is being planned for this class. Our focus will be the Detroit Industry Murals in the Rivera Court. I had a professional development grant to study the Rivera Court, and I created guides for the children. We will also peruse and enjoy other galleries in the DIA. Due to the adult content, we will not visit the current show featuring Rivera and Kahlo in Detroit.

The Fower Seller - Diego Rivera

The Fower Seller - Diego Rivera

A glimpse of our large flower still life in the art studio

A glimpse of our large flower still life in the art studio

Ivana mixes acrylics to add to her blocked in composition of flowers.

Ivana mixes acrylics to add to her blocked in composition of flowers.

Matthew's lively canvas captures the gestures of the flowers and greens.

Matthew's lively canvas captures the gestures of the flowers and greens.

This close-up of Lily's painting shows the thoughtful attention she gave to her graceful subjects.

This close-up of Lily's painting shows the thoughtful attention she gave to her graceful subjects.

With his vibrant use of color, Lucas M. creates a joyful celebration of his subjects

With his vibrant use of color, Lucas M. creates a joyful celebration of his subjects

Andrew creates harmony in this piece with his unique use of color and line.

Andrew creates harmony in this piece with his unique use of color and line.

Ivana's choice of a black background make her flowers "jump" off the canvas.

Ivana's choice of a black background make her flowers "jump" off the canvas.

The First Buds of Spring: Class Art

We searched on the playground, and I searched in my gardens, to find the first buds of spring. After collecting twigs from several trees, bushes and a few early flowers from bulbs, we began our study of these beautifully delicate and detailed objects from nature. First, we took a very thoughtful look at these objects. Next, we arranged them on paper towels and drew thumbnail sketches. During each of these steps, the children were encouraged to truly "see" - an experience which is transferable to many areas of the curriculum. After studying the thumbnail sketches, we drew contours of our compositions using charcoal pencils on tonal paper. This is experience requires creative as well as critical thinking. Slowing down the process seems to bring out both intellectual and creative strengths of the children. And, we are reminded that new life is beginning again!

Alyssa ponders her objects and creates four possible compositions.Her attention to the use of space and the principles of design are evidenced in these drawings. 

Alyssa ponders her objects and creates four possible compositions.Her attention to the use of space and the principles of design are evidenced in these drawings. 

Katerina begins her beautiful drawing on tonal paper.

Katerina begins her beautiful drawing on tonal paper.

Will adds pastel pencil to capture the beauty of this snowdrop. 

Will adds pastel pencil to capture the beauty of this snowdrop. 

Jane pays close attention to the subtle gestures and details of her plants in this exciting composition.

Jane pays close attention to the subtle gestures and details of her plants in this exciting composition.