Stage III Art Blog

Bottomless Toy Chest Stage III Art Opening and More Stage III Art

Bottomless Toy Chest Opening

"Painting is creative, and if you are sick, or very ill, painting will bring you peace and joy. It will keep your mind off of being sick!"                                                                                                        Clara Y.

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         Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for the opening last Wednesday evening. And, for those of you who were unable to come, the photos above show you our wonderful Stage III art in the lobby of the Bottomless Toy Chest warehouse. Thanks to all our Stage III artists for creating such joyful art! Everyone - volunteers and patients alike - will appreciate our heartfelt installation. Thanks also to Mickey for creating such a cheerful space and providing delicious treats for the event.

Stephen's accordion book filled with seed images

SEEDS

        Sharing a class with Dianne is always a a wonderful adventure! We've been working together for many, many years, and we love finding commonalities between our two disciplines - there are many! Inspired by the beauty and amazing properties of seeds, we investigated them in both the studio and lab. Using knees and elbows, we created organic vessels out of clay. Later, they housed seedlings planted with Dianne. A study of the Chinese artist, Ai WeiWei, led to our painting and printmaking studies of sunflowers. Our accordion art books feature various renderings, prints and drawings from our close observations of seeds. 

Our SEEDS books on display

Our SEEDS books on display

Marin's maple seed

Marin's maple seed

Ian's rendering of a bean seed

Ian's rendering of a bean seed

Anjali's print of a seed

Anjali's print of a seed

It's All Happening at the Zoo!

      Inspired by our Stage III trip to the zoo, we created animal studies in Stage III art Class Art during this last Sign-Up. Using photographs as references, and our memories of the animals we saw, we created renderings. Our drawings were tonal; using charcoal, Prismacolor pencils and pastels, we drew on tinted paper. Here are a few of our pieces:

Luke S. creates a bird.

Luke S. creates a bird.

Alexi renders a cardinal and later incorporates one into  his sports themed comic. 

Alexi renders a cardinal and later incorporates one into  his sports themed comic. 

Cosey's baby cheetah clings to a tree.

Johnathan creates an owl.

Johnathan creates an owl.

Maddie creates a dolphin.

Maddie creates a dolphin.

Lucas B.'s cardinal in the berry bushes. 

Lucas B.'s cardinal in the berry bushes. 

Ben P.S.'s fierce lion.

Ben P.S.'s fierce lion.

Ben Tar, our visiting Stage II artist, renders a dog.

Ben Tar, our visiting Stage II artist, renders a dog.

Dayna surrounds her cat in red!

Dayna surrounds her cat in red!

Fritz incorporates two animals in his scene!

Fritz incorporates two animals in his scene!

Cartooning!

    Learning both from our experiences drawing animals, and from our visiting author, Jarrett Krosoczka, we ended our Class Art Sign-Up with a cartooning study. Thinking about Jarrett's process of studying animals, building stories and developing a personal cartooning style, we created our own comics. Here are a few:

Nick creates a turbulent plane ride in his comic!

Nick creates a turbulent plane ride in his comic!

Marin and Sofia collaborate!

Marin and Sofia collaborate!

Ben N.M. creates The Chronicles of Mr. Man.

Ben N.M. creates The Chronicles of Mr. Man.

Amelia invents a character with a multi-colored face.

Amelia invents a character with a multi-colored face.

Looks like Nate better focus! - by Camryn.

Looks like Nate better focus! - by Camryn.

It was a normal morning.... by Abby!

It was a normal morning.... by Abby!

Vaughn character's arms melt into wings!

Vaughn character's arms melt into wings!

Clara invents a comedy with ice cream cones.

Clara invents a comedy with ice cream cones.

I thank you for a wonderful year of art with your children, and I wish all of you a summer filled with lots of discovery, wonder, artful moments and joy! - Mary