January Art Update

During the next month, the Juniors and Seniors will be 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 will journey to China to learn the traditions and customs associated with Chinese New Year. They will construct very large Dragons that will be part of our Chinese New Year Parade on Thursday, February 15th at 2:30. The classes are encouraged to wear RED that day (RED symbolizes good luck) and be prepared for a festive celebration!

-Second/Third Grade will complete their African masks and move into their unit on 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.

-Fourth Grade will begin their next unit of study. Focusing on the art movement known as Pop-Art, students will re-create wonderful Warhol, Thiebaud and Lichtenstein inspired posters.

-Fifth Graders are beginning their Hopi Kachina unit. Students are in the planning and sketching stage. Once they have decided on the type of Kachina and lesson it will teach, they will use creative writing skills to create a story unique to their Kachina.  Working three dimensionally, Fifth Graders will sculpt clay to bring their visions to life. Once complete, they look forward to presenting their stories and Kachinas to the students and faculty at Rohan Woods.

-During the month of December and into January, the Sixth Graders will begin their PowerPoint presentations for their artist of choice project.  This month-long unit will involve research, written documentation, oral presentation and a unique reproduction of art from their selected artist.

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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