Art News

1/4(early release, no classes 1-4) & 1/9
K: I read the story Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, about how you can always “make something out of nothing.” This is a clever story about a man who starts with an overcoat (and it gets old and worn) and so he makes it into a jacket (and a vest, and a scarf, and a tie, etc…), until he has nothing (and then makes a story out it!). We sewed pockets today. K kids used tapestry needles, burlap, and beads.  K’s learned the basic running stitch and practiced tying knots. (3 sewn pockets)
5: PAINT! We talked about a paint media center in the art room. I demonstrated how to set up palettes and painted a small still life, working background to foreground. I shared some techniques for mixing and blending colors and for keeping brushes clean. We practiced the cleanup procedure and the students worked in the media center of their choice. Options open to 5’s are drawing, painting, clay, and sculpture. (Bianca’s beach landscape)
6:We watched a KQED clip on color, which reviews some color vocabulary and also puts into context how artists use color to “control the message”. After a brief discussion, students worked independently. Examples of projects that unfolded this week: a model basketball court, a model alien ship and docking station, a dugout, drawing monsters and characters (some exploring digital drawing), a craft stick lantern, and a riding arena. (Lev’s experiment in abstract sculpture)
Drawing Elective: We watched Phil Hansen’s TED talk, Embrace the Shake about creativity and the power of limitations. We are working on setting goals in the context of studio habits (Observe, develop craft, envision, engage and persist, etc) so that the students understand what their strengths are.   An example of this would be to think about how Artists are observant of the world. A comic artist observes human behavior, an artist interested in sports might be interested in observing gesture, or an artist might observe very carefully the shifts in value on the muzzle of a horse. There are many ways to be “observant”. The students are mulling projects, exploring techniques (perspective! yay!), and working hard. (Drawing by Ever)