But I digress . . . On to the big show! Er, SHOWS! Since last you saw, our wonderfully creative young people have participated in two mostly schoolwide art shows.
Our first show was at the Deep South County Fair. In true fair spirit, I stopped by one evening to check out our students' work and take pictures during the event, and I got to enjoy a fabulous corndog! This is the first fair that I have been to in a long time where I didn't ride any of the rides. The last fair I went to was in Switzerland in 2015, and the rides had me grinning from ear to ear. Maybe next year there will be time for me to take a spin on the Ferris wheel! It was awesome to see my students' work being enjoyed by the fair-goers, though. We had quite a few honorarium winners. Congrats to all of our students for their hard work in putting on such a great show! Check out the winners below . . .
We are thinking about next year's exhibition to be inspired by Wayne Thiebaud!! Just imagine how wonderful that would be!! Cakes! Confections! Candy-colored goodness! Love, love! YES, PLEASE!!!
Junior Kindergarten students analyzed concentric circles painted by Wassily Kandinsky before creating their own. Kandinsky (1866 - 1944) was a pioneer for abstract modern art. His paintings created an aesthetic experience that engaged the sight, sound, and emotions of the public. Junior Kindergarten students first drew circles in varying shapes and sizes with oil pastels. Then they filled in each of their circles with a different color of tempera paint.
To get into the fall spirit, Grade 1 students drew hayrides and worked *for days* on letters for our Thanksgiving feast. I think our letters spell out, Happy! and Thanks! and Love! We shall see for sure next Friday! These kiddos were the first ones to finish their feathers for our wings! We also have some magical owls hanging in the hallway for all to see!
Grade 2 students followed in the footsteps of the great expressionist Alexej von Jawlensky, a Russian painter and member of The Blue Rider group. Jawlensky (1864-1941) was one of the important contributors to the expressionist movement in painting, to which he added a meditative component of unique power. Each Grade 2 class modeled their work after one of Jawlensky's paintings. On large brown paper, the students first drew out their portrait with a large black crayon, then blocked in color with woodless colored pencils and paint, and finished off their work by outlining the portrait in black oil pastel.
We celebrated Halloween a bit early in the month, drawing Haunted Houses with Mr. Rob. And then I let Grade 2 choose their own adventure. My students love "Free Make" days. They can make anything they want using materials they can reach. Sometimes the students want to do drawing videos (like you see in the foreground of the image below), sometimes they work in groups to create something bigger (one group made a big plane out of a cardboard box), and sometimes they just want to draw and color and paint. It's their choice, which fully ignites their creative and critical thinking skills!
Grade 3 students studied a variety of landscape artworks by Gabriele Münter, a female expressionist painter. Münter (1877 – 1962) was a German artist who was at the forefront of the Munich avant-garde in the early 20th century. A student of the painter Wassily Kandinsky, she was a founding member of the expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter. For this project, each Grade 3 class divided up sections of one landscape painting to collaborate on a larger finished work. They began their works by drawing out their individual piece with pencil, then they blocked in their color with woodless colored pencils and paint, they combined all of their paintings to assess the larger finished work, and then they finished off their pieces by outlining their landscape with black oil pastel before attaching the pieces as one large finished painting.
I also received two personalized pieces for the classroom from my Grade 5's. Pearson made me a Declaration of Art for the classroom. It really is the best thing on the planet!! And Ms. Diya painted a dolphin picture and let me display it in the classroom for a short while. Isn't it wonderful??
To go with the peacocks and owls in the hallways, my lovely Grade 5's drew toucans. We watched lots and lots of toucan videos for inspiration!!
We worked with our IT guru Mrs. Burrus and the green screen to create pictures of the students in their finished armor for them to digitally place in a background of their choosing.
The students also showed their finished works to the Junior Kindergarten classrooms and spoke to them about their process.
Below are a few of the finished digital images. Aren't they awesome??
Since I only see Grade 6 students for three, 12-week rotations, our last day was filled with cookie cakes, ice cream, and playground time. Art party for the win!!
Then, they started on their self-portrait projects. They had to choose a movie to put themselves in. I am sharing two works-in-progress here: Yoda and Elliot from ET. These are really turning out amazingly. I can't wait to see them finished!!
Sir Rigby is also very excited about this move as he is extremely tired of being woken up every morning at 5:15am so that I can get ready to make the hour-long drive to Thomasville. Regardless of the face he is making below, he is an extremely friendly cat and can't wait to meet you guys!! Stop over for a visit in the new year!