Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kindergarten Paintings inspired by Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Kindergarten artists looked at Van Gogh's famous painting "Starry Night."  We used acrylic paint on aluminum foil to create paintings inspired by this famous piece. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Abstract Paintings inspired by Joan Miro

Third and fourth grade artists learned about Spanish artist Joan Miro.  We looked at examples of his work and identified the types of shapes, lines, colors and textures he used most frequently in his paintings.

Here are paintings made by third and fourth graders.  They worked in layers over several art classes. These paintings are on large paper. 

I should note that students photographed their own artwork using iPads and edited the photos for the best results.  This ties into our "Presenting" National Core Art Standard.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rainbow Week!

Our Amazing School Chef has started the fun tradition of Rainbow Week at the Fayston School. Each day the school lunch is based on one color of the rainbow and students wear that color. We have been working on Rainbow week art lessons, including a collaborative Color Wheel Collage Mural and Gelli Printing.

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I found this fascinating infographic about the meanings of different colors around the world. Take a look!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Portraits inspired by Sandra Silberzweig

Sandra Silberzweig is a contemporary artist from Toronto. She has a condition called synesthesia, which is a crossing of the senses.  This means that she may "hear" colors or "see" music.

Here is a poem she wrote called "When you are a synesthesia goddess ...... your day dreams are always in color"
I am a synesthesia goddess
I have no fear of color
It lives in my soul, dances in my heart
Spills out of my fingers flowing down a canvas
I can see your aura
Taste the color black
Feel the chill of the green wind
Smell blue butterflies
Hear the yellow rain
Life is never boring when inspiration is always around

Click here to read more about Sandra Silberzweig, the work she has done to share her experience with synesthesia and how she has turned this condition into a driving force for her creative work.

Silberzweig's paintings are bold, colorful and imaginative.  She primarily paints stylized, patterned-filled portraits. 

I worked with the third and fourth grade classes to create an assessment rubric for this lesson. We talked about what qualities artwork would need to get into the "Wowy-Zowy Zone." Students used this rubric to inspire revisions of their work and self-evaluate.  Click here to view this rubric.

Third and fourth grade artists looked at examples of Silberzweig's artwork, then created portraits inspired by her unique style.  We used chalk pastel and oil pastel and focused on choosing warm and cool color combinations and creating patterns.