Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My favorite cartoonist


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.  Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge encircles the world. 
~ Albert Einstein

Monday, October 25, 2010

2010 Artist-in-Residence Troy Wunderle


Circus performer Troy Wunderle is spending two weeks at the Fayston School.  Students of all ages are learning a wide variety of circus skills.  We will have a school-wide performance at the culmination of our time with Troy.  

First and second grade performers practice juggling with scarves. 

The Kindergarten circus train has arrived!  

Kindergartners balance peacock feathers...

...And practice juggling scarves.

Third and Fourth graders spin plates.

Emily is really concentrating! 

Lily thinks she's got it!

Juggling tricks in the fifth and sixth grade

Monday, October 18, 2010

Circus Banners inspired by Brian Wildsmith

Third and fourth grade artists read "Brian Wildsmith's Circus" and created circus banners in the style of Wildsmith's fantastic artwork. Each banner depicts a different circus act.

Here is Wildsmith in his studio:

Wildsmith has said: "I believe that beautiful picture books are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child's visual appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life."

Vintage Circus Posters

In preparation for our Artist-in-Residence, Troy Wunderle from Circus Smirkus, Fifth and Sixth grade artists are creating original artwork inspired by vintage circus posters.   Here are some of the examples of vintage circus posters that we looked at.

Here are the circus posters by the Fifth and Sixth Grades

Kindergarten Spiderwebs

Kindergarten Artists read "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle.  Then we made spiderwebs using white glue.  When the glue dries, we will color the webs with chalk pastels.

Here are the Kindergartners drawing their webs with the glue.  (Yes, it was messy!)

We also made Very Busy Spiders to live in our webs. 

When the glue dried, we used chalk pastels to add color to our webs.  We used our fingers as paint brushes spread the color around the paper.