JK: We kicked off our year of Project 24 with the drawing of a crab and followed it up with a bright and colorful snail. Not only are our 4-year-olds getting used to the three finger grip in preparation for kindergarten, but we practice our grip with both our First Tri-Writes and our crayons. Simultaneously students practice paying close attention and increasing their stamina during our guided drawing sessions. Please stop by and check out our work which is posted outside the pre-school classrooms on the first floor!
K: Kinders loved checking out their faces in their own personal mirrors and then drawing and painting them in. We are now exploring the world of Georgia O’Keeffe and her large-scale flower portraits as we tackle a sunflower collage project with tissue and glue. Ask any kinder whether or not they chose to have their sunflower head sprinkled with fairy dust!
1st: Having learned about the patterns and flowers found in the artwork of Gustav Klimt, first graders honored the end of summer with a watercolor field of flowers under a late summer sun. We practiced patterns and designed our portfolio covers. Continuing our exploration of pattern and color, we have looked at the work of the King of Color, Henri Matisse, and will be using warm and cool watercolors and acrylic paints to complete a bird’s eye view of a plate of autumn apples.
2nd: After completing our abstract names as portfolio covers, the second graders tackled a tricky print of leaves on bubble wrap dots in the style of Andy Warhol (see the final product on display outside their classroom). We learned a lot of interesting things about Andy and most second graders were envious to hear that his mother gave him a Hershey bar for every drawing he completed while recouperating from Huntington’s Chorea (St. Vitus’ Dance) when he was a third grader. They were also interested to learn that he once owned 25 cats all names Sam, many of whom slept in his wig drawer! We wrapped September with clay crazy birds that are drying before being fired in a kiln at the WPD. Now we have moved on to a gorgeously metallic painting of a curvy, swirly tree inspired by the golden art of Gustav Klimt. Ask any second grader what kind of bird sits in this tree and see if they remember!
3rd: Having learned a little about the pop art of the late Roy Lichtenstein, third graders traced the lines of their facial photographs to create a red, yellow, and blue self portrait which will serve as their portfolio cover this year. See the amazing results in the balcony hallway on the second floor. Meantime they have started work on a spectacular van Gogh-inspired flower portrait which will incorporate 3D sunflowers fashioned from paperclay along with hand-drawn flowers in chalk pastel. Third graders are also responsible for the fabulous signage celebrating the International Day of Peace on September 21, a day when St. Joseph students planted hand-crafted paper pinwheels for peace on the front lawn.
4th: Starting with their own names as inspiration, fourth graders began the year by combining a little math with their art, learning about radial symmetry, and designing their own personal mandalas. Currently on display in the second floor hallway outside the balcony, each is a unique and beautifully colored work of art. Next up we read about the abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, watched him work in a vintage film clip, and finally created a work of our own in his style. With a record-breaking heat wave followed by high humidity, our paintings took a record-breaking amount of time to dry. Check out the results outside our classroom when you get a chance! In preparation for our next work we have learned the safest, most effective way to use an Exacto knife. Watch out at home!
5th: Fifth graders channeled their inner monks as they listened to Gregorian chants and created an illuminated letter of their own. Using their first initial, metallic paint, markers, and a Sharpie, followed by a generous amount of glitter, their letters bring a golden glow to the hallway where they are on display. We have also finished the first step in creating our clay Star of Bethlehem Christmas ornament and will continue this work in a month or so. Finally we have explored the Sketchmate pack a little as we learned how to create the illusion of space on a 2D surface. Students were excited to try their new sketch pencils, charcoal pencils, their paper stump for blending, and use the sandpaper paddle to clean the stump up.
6th: Having watched an informational video on the Royal School of Embroidery and learned that Henry the VIII may have taken up embroidery, sixth graders are almost halfway finished with their first project. Time-consuming and involved, their embroidered owls will grace our school Christmas tree and help decorate school halls before it goes home for good. So far, students have mastered the running stitch and the back stitch. The blanket stitch is up next!
7th: Seventh graders have created a mobile from typeface letters in their first names as a warm-up to a year of exploring form in art. We are just starting to explore the field of glass mosaic and will be engaged in two projects that allow their creative sides to come through.
8th: Each art day for the past 6 weeks 8th grade students have looked at a different aspect of photography. We have looked at the various components necessary for a great photo, explored the difficult-to-master exposure triangle, looked at low-light photography, reviewed the ways in which a story can be told through photos, checked out the compositional tool called the Rule of Thirds, and looked at portrait photography. Students have had several photo assignments in order to practice most of these aspects of photography and many have learned that taking a great photo is difficult and requires much practice. Do you know the 4 critical requirements for a great photo? Have you ever tried to balance exposure on a DSLR? Also students, parents, and faculty have been invited to view my Instagram account which highlights selected photos. Won’t you take a look and “like” us at jeanniebreen on Instagram? Those photos receiving the most “likes” will automatically be included in our annual photo contest .