Stage III Art Blog

Britney's Earth Day Study

Our Messages, Our Art


      As is our Stage III art practice, Brittney began this study with a discussion of Earth Day and an investigation into recycled art. Britney infused her lesson with the spirit of inquiry, and the children's responses with impressive! Working with ideas that the children generated, teams of artists are working on envisioning, planning (using sketchbooks Brittney made) and constructing their collaborative artworks. We are off to a terrific start!

       Below is the letter children taking Class Art this Sign-Up brought home last week. If you child forgot to bring in items, feel free to send them in this week. 

Hello Parents and Blog Readers, 

My name is Brittney Mattson, and I am anOakland University Student Teacher working with Mary McGeehan and her Stage II andStage III students. I am excited to share with you my first Stage III lesson, entitled ecycled Ar. 

Inspired by the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay and just in time forEarthDay, Stage III Class Art will be working collaboratively to create sculptures from recycled objects. 

This week, I would love for you and your children to explore your neighborhood or your home for objects that we may reuse to create works of art. 

Objects that are an interesting shape, color, or texture;itemsyouareconsideringthrowingaway, recycling or donating; and found objects are perfect for this project. 

Students are encouraged to bring 1 - 3 items to Mary’s Art Room on or before Friday, March 24. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all! I have had an incredible experience working with Mary and your children. Mary is the ideal mentor for any new art teacher, and I am so grateful to have had the experience to work with her in such a rich art program that is truly meaningful, student centered and unlike any other that I have experienced. Your children have enriched my student teaching experience in a way that will stay with me and inspire me through my career as an art educator. Your children have brought fantastic attitudes, maturity, intelligence,curiosity and innovation into the art room everyday. It has truly been a joyous and inspiring experience working with each and every one of them. 

Thank you for your time and for sharing a few pieces of your family with the class for our Recycled Art experience.

A Few More Water Pieces...

 Chinelo's atmospheric pastel of the sea

Chinelo's atmospheric pastel of the sea

 Lila C. incorporated charcoal on paint to create the dolphins' shadows. 

Lila C. incorporated charcoal on paint to create the dolphins' shadows. 

 Thomas A's sea creatures jump on to the the page!

Thomas A's sea creatures jump on to the the page!