Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"Pictures must be miraculous." Mark Rothko
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Kindergarten artists looked at color field paintings by Mark Rothko and created their own using chalk pastels on colored paper.

El Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

Kindergarten Chalk Pastel Spiderwebs

Friday, September 28, 2018

Kindergarten Sunflowers inspired by Van Gogh

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Kindergarten artists looked at Vincent Van Gogh's famous sunflower paintings, then made their own using liquid watercolor paints. 

Andy Goldsworthy Inspired "Land Art"

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Third and fourth graders examined the work of Scottish "land artist" Andy Goldsworthy.  Then we headed outside and gathered natural materials to create our own natural art. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Beautiful Hands

Kindergarten artists read "Beautiful hands by Kathryn Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten.  They traced their hands and colored them with construction paper crayons, then painted with liquid watercolors in warm or cool colors.  They observed the watercolor resist technique.

Monday, August 27, 2018

My Art-filled Summer

Welcome Back Artists!

I am excited to be back at school after a busy summer of artistic adventures!

Early in the summer, I hosted Summer Art Camp at Waitsfield School.  We explored a wide variety of arts media including clay, Shibori dying, mural painting, book making and more!

Mid-summer I traveled with my family to Italy. There I got to experience some of the most famous works of art up close and personal!  In Florence I visited Michelangelo's statue of David and several other well known works. I also took many photos in hopes of inspiring my own artwork upon my return. 

I wrapped up the summer with a course hosted by Shelburne Farms called "Climate Creative."  During this class, a group of educators discussed how we can use the arts and other creative methods to teach about climate change and help students learn about environmental issues.  It was so inspiring to be surrounded by many other arts teachers and passionate educators. This project will continue into the fall and will culminate with a final project or show. 

During the Climate Creative course, I visited Burlington City Arts and saw an exciting exhibit of work by artist Cristal Wagner. Her work included a installation made of colorful plastic woven on wire forms. It reminded me of being inside a giant technicolor coral reef.  The exhibit also included mind blowing sculptures made from cut paper. (click through the Instagram post to see all images of work from this show!)