|after Jasper Johns' Zero-Nine - William, Age 10|
|after Wyland's Whaling Walls - Grace, Age 10|
Quite impressive, don't you think? This group of older kids really takes their time and pays attention to detail and it shows. It may take them two or three class periods to finish up, but I think the results are worth it.
Now on to October:
|Using a q-tip to put our designs onto the plate.|
|Emma, age 5|
Next we tried observational drawing. This is ambitious for the younger kids, but I really feel they can do more than we think they can and it's never too early to introduce a concept. Observational drawing is a big focus for the older kids throughout the year, but it's a little early for the PreK and Kinders. Still, they did an amazing job!
|Warhol stole the flower image (and got sued for it), so we stole it from him!|
|Colin, Age 4|
Back to printmaking! The Littles really enjoyed learning about Andy Warhol (and his 25 cats, all named Sam). We set up our studio like his Factory, using factory techniques to product our handprints.
As Halloween approached, our thoughts turned to pumpkins and the Bigs created pumpkin farms using one-point perspective. This is a technique usually taught in middle school, but you never know which kids will really "get it" and incorporate the concept into their arsenal of art skills. We learned about regional painter Grant Wood as part of this project.
|Mateo, Age 7|
My intention was for the week of Halloween to just be a fun class for the Littles, but once we were done, I realized we'd covered all the art bases when approaching our subject of pumpkins. We painted, drew and sculpted pumpkins, and threw in a little spooky music and a scary story or two!
|We painted pumpkins...|
|… sculpted pumpkins...|
|… and sketched pumpkins! (& other things)|
And on to November!
|Carter, Age 4|
The Littles enjoyed an old favorite - string painting. We learned about the Dada movement which was as silly as it sounds. Then we explored the concept of "happy accidents" by dropping paint covered string from a height onto our papers. You'd think this would be messy, and you'd be right.
|More observational drawing!|
|Laurel, Age 7|
|Teddy, Age 4|