We are very happy to welcome our new student teacher, Brittney Mattson, to Stage III art! Brittney has a Bachelors of Fine Arts and is currently completing her certification in art education at Oakland University. Britney attended a presentation I gave last spring in both our indoor and outdoor studios and became very interested in Roeper. She clearly has an affinity for our philosophy and is connecting with the children in wonderfully meaningful ways. I hope you can all meet her soon -
Using wooden boxes as bases, artists in this class layered paint and various found and repurposed materials to create an imagined world. Some focused on creating a more abstract dimensional composition, while others created habitats or invented environments. Later, we constructed clay sculptures by layering long slabs of clay. Just as the concept of layers can have multiple meanings, these pieces reflect the diverse artistic visions of the artists in this class. We studied and interpreted the artworks of many artists during this class, including art by Arlene Shechet, Alberto Burri, Joseph Cornell and Doris Salcedo. Our clay pieces are appearing (some are finishing during art lunches) in the Bretzloff Commons.
Second Years Create Self-Portraits
Our Second Year artists created two pieces for their self-portraits. Using acrylics on canvas panels, they painted self-portraits from observation. This was a most challenging process! Next, they created a second canvas reflecting themselves - a more open-ended self-portrait. Some artists chose to convey this concept through choices of art elements, while others chose to paint more representational imagery. Most portraits are on the board on the first floor of the Steward Building. Others will be on display in the lobby in a few weeks.
We began our third Sign-Up of Class Art with a study of winter trees. Looking out our studio and hall windows, we drew and painted the beauty of the bare branches on a December day.
Children in Class Art this Sign-Up are creating wearable art in preparation for our 75th Anniversary "Happening" in May. All our Stage III homerooms studied our Roeper Philosophy this fall. After we discussed aspects of our Philosophy during art classes, each artist thought about one tenant that particularly resonated with her/him. After sketching designs, we created capes out of donated T'shirts. Eventually, every child - and teacher - in Stage III will create a cape. If you happen to have any adult sized red T'shirts that you'd like to donate, we would be delighted to use them! You can have your child drop off any donations in the art studio. Thanks!