May Art Update

As the school year comes to an end the students are continuing to strengthen their artistic skills and improve their knowledge of the Fine Arts. Many classes are completing the year with units focusing on three-dimensional art. Students practice hand building and pottery throwing techniques to create successful works-of-art. New terminology is added to their improving art vocabulary. Words like wedge, score, slip, coil, slab and fire are applied consistently during the weeks clay sculpture is studied. 

-JK and SK will complete the year working three-dimensionally with clay, sculpting flowers and coiling pots.

-First Grade have been drawing with scissors. Cutting free-form, abstract shapes in the style of artist Henri Matisse, students will arrange these cut-outs and assemble by improving overlapping technique to complete their works-of-art.

-Second Graders completed their creative Aliens and will finish the year working with found objects and wood scraps, transforming these common objects into Assemblage. 

-Third Grade has been diligently working on the set design for this years' Spring Program. With the theme "America the Beautiful", students have done some research on their four assigned states and will highlight significant symbols/monuments for each state.

-Fourth Graders continue their study of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Observing her large, botanical paintings, students will select one to reproduce. They will complete the school year working on the pottery wheel, improving their throwing technique and successfully creating a bowl/cylinder shape.

-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.

“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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