Monday, April 28, 2014

Up, up and away! Piece for Art Auction complete!

Students in Mrs.. Goldhammer's first and second grade class created this collaborative piece for our Children's Art Auction at the Bridge Street Art Fair on Saturday, May 17. 

Illuminated Letters inspired by the Books of Kells

Illuminated Letters from The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is a stunningly beautiful manuscript containing the Four Gospels. It is Ireland's most precious medieval artifact, and is generally considered the finest surviving illuminated manuscript to have been produced in medieval Europe.

Origins and History:

The Book of Kells was probably produced in a monastery on the Isle of Iona, Scotland, to honor Saint Columba in the early 8th century. After a Viking raid the book was moved to Kells, Ireland, sometime in the 9th century. It was stolen in the 11th century, at which time its cover was torn off and it was thrown into a ditch. The cover, which most likely included gold and gems, has never been found, and the book suffered some water damage; but otherwise it is extraordinarily well-preserved.
In 1541, at the height of the English Reformation, the book was taken by the Roman Catholic Church for safekeeping. It was returned to Ireland in the 17th century, and Archbishop James Ussher gave it to Trinity College, Dublin, where it resides today.


The Book of Kells was written on vellum (calfskin), which was time-consuming to prepare properly but made for an excellent, smooth writing surface. 680 individual pages (340 folios) have survived, and of them only two lack any form of artistic ornamentation. In addition to incidental character illuminations, there are entire pages that are primarily decoration, including portrait pages, "carpet" pages and partially decorated pages with only a line or so of text.
As many as ten different colors were used in the illuminations, some of them rare and expensive dyes that had to be imported from the continent. The workmanship is so fine that some of the details can only be clearly seen with a magnifying glass.

 Click here to read more about the Book of Kells      

Third and fourth grade artists looked at examples of illuminated letters from the Book of Kells and practiced drawing Celtic knots.  Each student chose a letter to illuminate, then transferred the image onto gold metal foil.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Elmer the Elephant

Kindergarten artists read the classic children's book Elmer, about the patchwork elephant who wishes he were like all of the other gray elephants in the pack. He learns to accept who he is an celebrate his differences.

Kindergarten artists worked together to paint this giant Elmer. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Today was Red Clover Day at Fayston School!  Each teacher team chose a different Red Clover book and led an activity about that book.  Mrs. J. and I chose the Fantasic Jungles of Henri Rousseau.

We provided students with many different choices of arts media and let the go WILD making jungle animals, plants and flowers.  Our jungle mural perfectly captures the vibrancy of Henri Rousseau's work.

Here is our mural:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kindergarten Kandinskys and Lines and Circles

Kindergarten artists looked at the painting "Squares with concentric circles" by Wassily Kadinsky, then created their own circle drawings with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint.

In an earlier art class, Kindergarten artists explored different types of lines and created line paintings, also using oil pastel and liquid watercolor.  We tried to paint these paintings using the color wheel as our guide.

Since Spring is taking its own sweet time to arrive here, I thought our front hallway could use some bright, colorful artwork to bring in some light and cheer.