The Lunar New Year
We thank Jennifer, Minuet’s mother, for planning and organizing our celebration of the Chinese New Year a few weeks ago. Our art studio became the Rooster Room! We shared a story about the origins of the Lunar Zodiac, and in honor of 2017, The Year of the Rooster, we created felt rooster inspired finger puppets. All Stage III homerooms participated.
As the homerooms began their studies of the Great Lakes, we began exploring the concept of water in art classes. What does water mean to us? What are our memories of water? How can we describe our feelings and memories of water through art processes? Stage III artists imagined, sketched and planned their compositions. A few materials and techniques were introduced during each class, and quite an array of mediums and tools were chosen! Diverse photographs of bodies of water, waves and creatures helped inform us as we worked. We also enjoyed and analyzed water related artworks created by various artists, including Hokasai, Maya Lin, Ronnie Horn and Ellen Gallagher. From Japanese woodcuts to Maya Lin’s amazing Wave Field on the University of Michigan campus, we observed that every artist has a unique interpretations and vision to offer.
THINKING IN COLOR
We are exploring the amazing world of color is various ways in this class. Most of our classes begin with a study of color theory. We are bringing this knowledge of color relationships to our color translations. Choosing a random word from a basket, artists in this class are using acrylic paint on canvas and wood panels to “translate” their thoughts and feelings into paintings. How can we show the meanings of the words hungry or playful through color and brushstrokes? Here are a few of our expressive translations:
What is "FREE ART"?
Children approach the art process in diverse ways. Some bring more physicality and expressiveness to our experiences, while others become immersed in detail. An integral piece of both the art program and our Philosophy is providing choice - choice of media, techniques and interpretation. Consequently, we don't all complete our work at the same moment, and when time allows, Free Art is an option. Free Art time is an opportunity to explore art materials or express our thinking and feelings through drawing. Free Art can also be a much needed respite when one is working through an art problem or having a challenging day.
The above photographs were taken by Brittney and myself. We'll be sending out a new post featuring The Art of Reading, a collaborative class taught by Myself, Brittney and Carmen, next week.