Stage III Art Blog

Welcome to Stage III Art 2016/2017

Class Art

First Year Artists

   

"The Domes are special to me. They got me to Roeper. I visited in the Domes and I ended up loving Roeper, and now I'm here." Mackenzie

"The Domes are special to me. They got me to Roeper. I visited in the Domes and I ended up loving Roeper, and now I'm here." Mackenzie

      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. 

"I think the Hill House is a really good place. I think it made Roeper." Nolan

"I think the Hill House is a really good place. I think it made Roeper." Nolan

"I like the CCB because the gym has a lot of space. It's big and it holds the lunchroom and music rooms." Henry B.

"I like the CCB because the gym has a lot of space. It's big and it holds the lunchroom and music rooms." Henry B.

"I think the Domes are unique. They are amazing! I loved being in the Domes with Michelle and Patti." Meadow

"I think the Domes are unique. They are amazing! I loved being in the Domes with Michelle and Patti." Meadow

"I like the new Trojan Horse better because it has a slide, and I like climbing the slide." Sadie

"I like the new Trojan Horse better because it has a slide, and I like climbing the slide." Sadie

"The Hill House is a really cool place because there are a lot of rooms and it has a basement and layers of upstairs." Thomas A.

"The Hill House is a really cool place because there are a lot of rooms and it has a basement and layers of upstairs." Thomas A.

"The Hill House is a unique building because a lot of special people lived there, like Jimmy and Vi and Annemarie and George. Roeper is lucky to have this amazing place, and Stage I is there. It's great to sit by the trees or play with a friend there. It's a peaceful and quiet place." Gabriella

"The Hill House is a unique building because a lot of special people lived there, like Jimmy and Vi and Annemarie and George. Roeper is lucky to have this amazing place, and Stage I is there. It's great to sit by the trees or play with a friend there. It's a peaceful and quiet place." Gabriella

 

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. 

Leah's uniquely designed composition shows us the variations of colors in a nasturtium plant. 

Leah's uniquely designed composition shows us the variations of colors in a nasturtium plant. 

Our subjects for still life compositions

Our subjects for still life compositions

Jacob M.'s thumbnail drawings illustrate his thinking process in planning his still life. He's arranging his subjects in thoughtful ways and will use his favorite composition for his final piece. 

Jacob M.'s thumbnail drawings illustrate his thinking process in planning his still life. He's arranging his subjects in thoughtful ways and will use his favorite composition for his final piece. 

Ahana's rich layers of color show us the beautiful complexities of the Roman bean ad mango. 

Ahana's rich layers of color show us the beautiful complexities of the Roman bean ad mango. 

Rocco captures the textural qualities and rich color of his pumpkin. 

Rocco captures the textural qualities and rich color of his pumpkin. 

     

The Farm

    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. 

Kennedy creates a terrific composition with her use of space in this drawing of a frog. 

Kennedy creates a terrific composition with her use of space in this drawing of a frog. 

August captures the gestural qualities of these wild grasses through his uses of line and color.

August captures the gestural qualities of these wild grasses through his uses of line and color.

Meira was very motivated to complete this beautiful rendering of milkweed and worked on it during our lunch break! 

Meira was very motivated to complete this beautiful rendering of milkweed and worked on it during our lunch break! 

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!