April Art Update

-Juniors are completing a work of art inspired by the artist Marcus Pfister.  They will begin working on a unit about kites. Once finished they can take their kites outside to fly.

-Seniors have been introduced to the art of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. They will view works-of-art by Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas and Van Gogh. With careful observation they will explore and discuss what they like about the Impressionistic style.  

-First Graders were introduced to the Self-taught artist, Henri Rousseau.  The students will create their interpretation of  Rousseau's Jungle Scene and finish by applying a watercolor wash. 

-Second grade are working on their winter landscapes. Students will observe the variety of trees outside the large art room windows.  They will learn vocabulary associated with landscapes and apply various chalk and oil pastel techniques.

-Manipulating clay, Third Graders sculpt Oaxaca style animals inspired from traditional woodcarvings from Mexico. They work delicately with paintbrushes to apply intricate pattern and line design to their animals.

-Fourth Graders are introduced to the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Observing her large, botanical paintings, students will select one to reproduce.  

-.Working three-dimensionally, Middle-school students will create unique "Ugly-Dolls".  Using their original design, students will sketch their pattern, cut-out fabric, stitch their dolls together and finish by applying embellishments.

As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. Be sure to check out our online art gallery. http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=146201

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

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