Stage III Art Blog

Chinese New Year, Water and Color

The Lunar New Year

One of our puppets inspired by the Year of the Rooster

One of our puppets inspired by the Year of the Rooster

       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.

Fiona G.'s rooster finger puppet

Fiona G.'s rooster finger puppet

Elisha creates a rooster puppet.

Elisha creates a rooster puppet.

WATER

   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. 

Meadow's thumbnail sketches show us the process of planning a composition before beginning a piece. 

Meadow's thumbnail sketches show us the process of planning a composition before beginning a piece. 

Meadow brings her plan to life with her uses of watercolors and pastels. 

Meadow brings her plan to life with her uses of watercolors and pastels. 

Gabriella begins her composition using chalk pastel techniques. 

Gabriella begins her composition using chalk pastel techniques. 

Gavin layers watercolors with expressive brushstrokes to create his water piece. 

Gavin layers watercolors with expressive brushstrokes to create his water piece. 

Leah plans to add her sculpted whale to her canvas base. 

Leah plans to add her sculpted whale to her canvas base. 

Dallas uses a toothbrush to show us sea spray.

Dallas uses a toothbrush to show us sea spray.

Abbie creates an undersea world using watercolors and colored pencils. 

Abbie creates an undersea world using watercolors and colored pencils. 

Trent incorporated pencil drawings in his pastel rendering of a lake. 

Trent incorporated pencil drawings in his pastel rendering of a lake. 

Jonah's interpretation of our water study includes bottled water in a game room. 

Jonah's interpretation of our water study includes bottled water in a game room. 

Lila C. uses watercolors and charcoal to show us dolphins and their shadows. 

Lila C. uses watercolors and charcoal to show us dolphins and their shadows. 

Thomas creates an imaginary sea filled with creatures.

Thomas creates an imaginary sea filled with creatures.

Hannah creates creates dimensional waves for her beach scene in a box.

Hannah creates creates dimensional waves for her beach scene in a box.

Will creates a wave in the sea and the texture of land using modeling paste and acrylics on canvas.

Will creates a wave in the sea and the texture of land using modeling paste and acrylics on canvas.

Noah G. incorporates textures through his uses of oil and chalk pastels, watercolors, colored pencils and brush pens in his water composition.

Noah G. incorporates textures through his uses of oil and chalk pastels, watercolors, colored pencils and brush pens in his water composition.

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:

HUNGRY by Sadie

HUNGRY by Sadie

EMBARRASSED by Ren

EMBARRASSED by Ren

THRILLED by Lila

THRILLED by Lila

DISCOVERING by Emi

DISCOVERING by Emi

What is "FREE ART"?

Ren created Welcome to Happy Town during Free Art.

Ren created Welcome to Happy Town during 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.