4th graders have been honing their observational skills using the Appleton School grounds as their laboratory. We have been sketching different tree species and leaves, looking closely at the details and depicting them in our work. This week we started documenting two trees outside of our building, a pine and an oak using a new medium, photography. We are interested in noticing how the appearance of these two trees will evolve over time. Each week, two 4th grade photographers will take images of the trees both at a distance and up close. We will look for changes to the trees and their surroundings throughout the seasons. This photographic project is part of the work that we are completing for a year long study of native tree species and the role wood and lumbering plays in Maine's economy. Our studies of trees are central to our collaborative work with the Farnsworth Museum, a year long collaboration which culminates in an end of the year museum exhibit of the student's work related to this chosen topic.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Last week FLEX artists listened to the book Tar Beach read aloud by author and contemporary quilt artist Faith Ringold. We talked about the story, about overcoming obstacles and about creative reuse and how it connects to quilt making. We used our paper scraps from the previous week's Matisse collage collaborations to prepare for a recycled paper quilt project using the remains. We painted the scraps with fun and vibrant colors and patterns. This week, we looked at some of the quilts by the well known Gees Bend quilters. Inspired by their active, asymmetrical designs, we set about making interesting paper quilt blocks using our painted scraps. The blocks look fabulous! At week's end we will have enough created during FLEX time to assemble our recycled paper quilt. Nice work FLEX artists!
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6th graders started their artwork for this year's fundraiser in the community garden. We sketched plants from life, then returned to the studio to complete our sketches and configure interesting compositions by adding shape and detail to negative spaces. Students then practiced using drawing tools to outline sketches and create contrast. We also experimented with mixed media art making, combing colored pencil, crayon, watercolor and tempera paint. The results are beautiful!
In 2nd grade we have been working to integrate our art practice into their study of monarchs. We discussed symmetry and noticed how symmetry is present in nature, focussing on butterflies as an example of mirror symmetry. Students learned how to create a symmetrical work of art by drawing one half of an image and then burnishing the folded work to make an exact reflection of that image. once the students had created the basic form and understood the technique, they were encouraged to repeat the process, adding patterns and designs to be produced symmetrically. We then added paint to complete the work. The results have been fabulous. Terrific job 2nd grade artists!
Monday, September 24, 2018
Welcome to the AVS art studio blog! My name is Ms. Morin and I have the honor of being the new art educator at AVS. I recently relocated to the midcoast from southern Maine where I was an elementary art educator for 6 years. I had a wonderful experience in the Seacoast but I am looking forward to new art adventures in the Midcoast. I am also a practicing artist that works in many media but my passion is drawing. I am so looking forward to growing artfully with all of you. On this blog, you can expect to find regular updates about the work that we are doing in the studio, images of student work, and links to creative connections in our area and beyond. Looking forward to a wonderful academic year!
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