First Year Artists
After discussing our various Roeper buildings and structures, each group of First Years voted on one to study and illustrate. We took our drawing boards and materials to our sites and drew from thoughtful observation. The experience was enriched by homeroom conversations regarding the histories of the buildings and by the children's personal observations and feelings. We spent a few classes drawing outside, and then we referenced photos of our views as we added color using choices of water colors paint and pencils, oil pastels and Prismacolors.
Drawing from Life
We've been creating studies of everything from clouds to one another in this art elective class. Using chalk pastels and various art pencils, we've been focusing on developing our visual acuity and drawing skills. We rendered autumn vegetables and fruits and some of the nasturtium from my garden. We've also been working on capturing movement in life. On a beautiful day a few weeks ago, we took our drawing boards to the field and created pastel renderings of clouds. This week, we are posing for on another as we create our gesture drawing compositions. These experiences help prepare us for our upcoming drawing field trip to the zoo.
We had a beautiful day at Bob and Sue's farm. Thanks to all of you who joined our drawing workshops. Exploring and investigating the beauty of the natural world is a wonderful way to share art with children. Not only does this experience foster a sense of wonder, but it helps develop our artists' eyes and habits of mind. Here are few of the pieces we created using Prismacolor pencils on mylar.
Art Room Agreements
We had many conversations regarding art room agreements during our first weeks of school. What kind of en environment helps us feel safe and motivated to create art? We compiled many responses to this questions and settled on agreements. We agreed to be respectful of one another and supportive of our efforts. Many children talked about "doing our best" and we all decided that everyone's "best" is different. There are many, many diverse ways to be successful in art. And, as a teacher, sharing the unexpected use of an art tool or unique interpretation of a concept is exciting!
* My goal is to include images from each Stage III artist - eventually!