Stage III Art Blog

First Year Self-Portraits, Our Paper Zoo and Second Year Landscapes

First Year Self-Portraits

        Using self-portrait mirrors, First Year artists studied their faces and drew from observation. Our drawings progressed over a few classes; we talked about the shapes and proportions of our features and began to add color, using choices of materials. Our study included looking at various self-portraits, from Rembrandt to contemporary artists. As we investigated and discussed these artworks, we talked about the artists' uses of the elements and principles of design. Thinking about creating contrast and harmony, each artist chose media to create their face and background. I love the ways these portraits reflect each child's uniqueness. 

" I am a Stage III First Year in Lisa and Laura's class. I really like dogs and, and I really like making art. I also like creating things out of anything - like cardboard boxes and sequins. I really like making things out of clay." By Dallas

" I am a Stage III First Year in Lisa and Laura's class. I really like dogs and, and I really like making art. I also like creating things out of anything - like cardboard boxes and sequins. I really like making things out of clay." By Dallas

"I really like art because when I do art, I feel magic glowing around me." By Emi

"I really like art because when I do art, I feel magic glowing around me." By Emi

"I like using my imagination, and I like drawing, especially in art class. And, I like to read." By Chase

"I like using my imagination, and I like drawing, especially in art class. And, I like to read." By Chase

"I am Mackenzie, and I have loved painting my whole life." 

"I am Mackenzie, and I have loved painting my whole life." 

"I like when there's peace. I don't like war." By Grayson

"I like when there's peace. I don't like war." By Grayson

"I am the funniest person ever!" By Noah A.

"I am the funniest person ever!" By Noah A.

"I'm a First Year in Stage III, and I like art and playing with clay, and I like my classmates. I'm in Shannon and Jensen's class, and I'm having a good year." By Rosie. 

"I'm a First Year in Stage III, and I like art and playing with clay, and I like my classmates. I'm in Shannon and Jensen's class, and I'm having a good year." By Rosie. 

"I love art and Star Wars, and I really like Stage III. It's fun to be in my homeroom and be with my friends." By Gavin

"I love art and Star Wars, and I really like Stage III. It's fun to be in my homeroom and be with my friends." By Gavin

"I am seven years old. I like to play with my little brother Liam a lot, and I like to read and do art." By Brigid

"I am seven years old. I like to play with my little brother Liam a lot, and I like to read and do art." By Brigid

Our Paper Zoo

          Our Drawing from Life class visited the zoo last month. Drawing the animals in motion was challenging, but our experience was filled with wonderfully focused, keenly observant and fun moments. Thanks to the families who joined us, and to Leslie and my daughter Emma for helping out on our trip. We created backgrounds using watercolors before our trip to the zoo. Using the sketches we crated at the zoo, we drew our animals with Prismacolors. Here are  a few:

Our artists draw in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. 

Our artists draw in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. 

Reagan captures a swimming penguin.

Reagan captures a swimming penguin.

Gavin M. shows us his view of a penguin swimming above him. 

Gavin M. shows us his view of a penguin swimming above him. 

Colin shows us an endearing pair of penguins. 

Colin shows us an endearing pair of penguins. 

Thomas captures a stalking tiger. 

Thomas captures a stalking tiger. 

Second Year Landscapes

         Each Second Year group of children voted on their favorite Roeper place, and every group overwhelmingly chose our woods and creek! Fortunately, we had some beautiful autumn days to work in our outdoor studio. Sheets of balsa wood provided an interesting surface on which to draw. We talked about the attributes of various media, and each artist chose among pencils, charcoal, pastels and watercolors. We discussed various artistic approaches to creating landscapes, from The Hudson Valley School to the imaginary landscapes of Takashi Murakami. We also had conversations about arranging art elements and building compositions. The art principles of contrast, texture and unity were stressed throughout the process. These pieces reflect the children's love of our outdoor spaces. 

Fiona and Lila sketch by the creek.

Fiona and Lila sketch by the creek.

Meira uses photographs of her view as reference as she completes her art in our studio. 

Meira uses photographs of her view as reference as she completes her art in our studio. 

Salem show us his bird's eye view from the top of Tire Mountain.

Salem show us his bird's eye view from the top of Tire Mountain.

Goni chose a single fallen leaf on Tire Mountain to draw.

Goni chose a single fallen leaf on Tire Mountain to draw.

Bear's lines and colors capture a detail from the creek.

Bear's lines and colors capture a detail from the creek.

Lila shows the diverse textural qualities of the woods and creek through her uses of various media. 

Lila shows the diverse textural qualities of the woods and creek through her uses of various media. 

Rebecca's layers of rich color suggest the changing season.

Rebecca's layers of rich color suggest the changing season.

Dominic creates contrast through the tints and shades of his colors. 

Dominic creates contrast through the tints and shades of his colors. 

Meira captures the wind in the trees.

Meira captures the wind in the trees.