Our kids FINALLY went back to school today for almost an entire school day! I know I feel 1 million percent better than I did yesterday; at home with my nerves frayed and my children quite possibly even more stir crazy than I was.
Now that we are back in school, we are gearing up to teach all 24 classrooms our next Art Literacy lesson on Pierre Auguste Renoir. Check out this awesome bulletin board right across from the music room next time you're in the building!
Renoir is one of the most famous French Impressionist painters, another would be Monet. Impressionists were interested in capturing a fleeting moment in time. They painted outside and really explored how natural light changes moment by moment. Smaller brushstrokes captured the play of light and shadow. They also experimented with representing reflections on the water. All of this has to do with light, the way our eyes perceive light, and how this is constantly changing. The Impressionist painters made the simple moments worthy of attention, capturing scenes from everyday life.
Renoir is known as "The Painter of Happiness". From what I've been reading, it sounds like he was quite a contented man and especially wanted his artwork to exhude positivity and joy to the viewer. That is pretty refreshing.
Keep an eye out for your child's Renoir inspired production that will be coming home sometime before the end of February! Each student will be practicing with chalk pastels and water to depict a subject that brings them joy.
Please forgive me as I play "catch-up"! Our Art Literacy lesson waaaaaay back in November & December of 2016 was on Henri Matisse. Matisse was a French artist famous for being a leading member of the "Fauves" or "wild beasts". This group of rebel artists used colors to express emotions instead of dutifully depicting a realistic image in a painting. It was a wild idea at the time and many people were offended. However, this played a part in ushering in the modern art movement and helped to expand the idea of what was considered "good" art.
Matisse had a successful 50 year career as a painter. When he was in his 70's he battled cancer and was left unable to stand for long periods of time. His painting career was over. At this point he reinvented himself as a cut-paper and collage artist and became famous for "Drawing with Scissors" or "Painting with Scissors".
For their Art Exploration, Hazeldale students created cut paper creations a la Matisse. They focused on using one of the 3 color schemes that they learned about; 1. Monochromatic (1 Color - different shades) 2. Complementary (2 colors - across from each other on the color wheel) or 3. Adjacent (3 colors - next to each other on the color wheel)
Here are some Kindergarten "Mini-Matisse's", enjoy!
Check out these paintings by Mrs. Ziehnert's Kindergarten class! These creative kiddos are working with tempera paint in either a warm color palette or a cool color palette. They used materials like Q-tips, Popsicle sticks, and toothpicks to paint with!
....................................................Amazing Abstract Landscapes...................................................
This October we are learning about James Lavadour. Lavadour is a living, local artist known for creating abstract landscapes that evoke a mysterious and melancholy mood through the use of color. The artist uses various tools to scrape paint on his canvas, painting over an existing work, scraping it off, and painting again,
Inspired by Lavadour, this month students are creating an abstract landscape using either a warm or cool palette. And they are not using paintbrushes. Student artists have been using unconventional tools like cotton swabs, toothpicks, clothespins, Popsicle sticks, and spoons to scrape tempera paint instead.
I love the creative variety that comes out of the students with very little instruction.
Here are a few pieces from Mrs. Reberry's 5th grade class.
How do you feel looking at these images? The bottom work on the left brings a dark feeling over me, yet is incredibly calm at the same time. The painting on the right is inspired by the way that Lavadour would include hidden imagery within his depiction of a landscape.
Welcome to the month of October! It is my favorite month not only because we are finally transitioning from the heat of summer into the cozy coolness of fall, but it happens to be my birthday month. :)
I want to share with you what Meredith & I have been up to lately. We are getting ready to facilitate our first volunteer training of the school year that is happening on Monday, October 3 from 11:00 - 12:30 in the library. You are probably reading this after the fact, so, yes! It went smoothly!
Did you know that the Art Literacy program is district wide? There are these two amazing women, Jill & Melody, who coordinate the entire district program. Their organization skills are highly impressive. They are more organized and efficient than I ever aspire to be. But, they told me it only took them 25 years, so there might be hope for me yet! Meredith & I attended a "New Coordinators Tea" where we met about 15 other coordinators from schools in the district. We had tea, coffee, and snacks, We received important handouts to help us in organizing our program, scheduling our volunteers, supporting our volunteers, and we learned more about the background of the Art Lit. Program in BSD. This program runs very smoothly and is highly thought out. Here are some tidbits from what we learned at the tea:
1. The Art Lit program was started by a Chehalem mom in 1979, as a response to Art being downsized in the district.
2. You can find out more about the district wide program on the website www.beavertonartliteracy.org
(Choose heading "About" and subheading "History" to read the full backstory!)
3. There are standards for the subject of Art, but they are not tested. These mandate that students will learn about the "Elements and Principles of Design."
4. If a student attends school in Beaverton from K - Middle School, they will recieve instruction on the Elements & Principles of Design through the Art Lit program. This program reaches every student. Talk about equity!
5. The elementary program teaches the 7 Elements of Design: Line, Shape, Form, Color, Value, Texture, and Space.
6. Middle School students learn about the 7 Principles of Design: Balance, Movement, Rhythm, Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern, and Unity.
7. This school year at Hazeldale, all 6 of our lessons focus on the Elements of Color & Value.
The next week, we attended the Fall Coordinators Meeting. We met the coordinators from the other schools in the district. We had coffee & snacks. Jill & Melody presented a sample lesson, gave us more handouts and information for the upcoming school year, and shared more information with us to support us in being successful coordinators for our community.
I'm sure it's obvious that I am very impressed & grateful for the hard work that Melody & Jill put into this program. The program is entirely powered by volunteers; volunteer coordinators at each school, and volunteer parent, family members, and community members that either teach a lesson in our classrooms or assist as a helper during these lessons. Because in addition to learning Art History, Aesthetics, Criticism, and Expression, our kids also get to paint, draw, sculpt, design, build and play around with production!
Thanks for reading,
Image credit: mightcouldstudios.com
Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year! And welcome to our Art Literacy blog. My name is Becky Solonika, and I am one of your Art Lit. Coordinators at Hazeldale Elementary. My amazing partner in this endeavor is Meredith Middaugh. We are both so excited to bring art to our Hazeldale community this year, and we could use your help! Our goal as co-coordinators is to have all of the 6 lessons taught in every classroom at our school. This will bring a minimum of 6 hours of Art History instruction and Creative Expression to each student at Hazeldale this year. Let's do this!
The Art Lit program is run entirely by volunteers; parents and community members just like you! You do not need to have a background in art to volunteer. We will train you for each lesson, provide all the materials, and support you along the way. Being an Art Lit volunteer basically gives you rock-star credit at the school. Art Lit time is an absolute favorite of the students. These are lessons and projects that former students really remember because they are engaging, interesting, and different from their day to day school routines. This program offers a fun and meaningful opportunity to get involved in our children's education.
Furthermore, your time and energy is sooo appreciated by us, the students, your classroom teacher, and the entire staff at our school. We know how busy life gets with kids, work, and the countless other elements of our lives. Your time is valuable! This program does not happen without volunteers. Have I convinced you to volunteer yet?! There might be a Dutch Brother's gift card in it for you if you play your cards right.
Enjoy these last few days of summer! We look forward to working creatively with you. Check out our Art Lit bulletin boards in the hallway next time you're at the school. They offer a preview of the two artists we will be teaching about this fall; local artist James Lavadour and the legendary Henri Matisse.
Could this be you?
Every single one of our classes is presented with 5-6 Art Literacy lessons throughout the school year introducing them to new artists, art concepts and vocabulary, and a fun art project to take home and show off. I'm very proud of what our volunteers and students produce during their Art Literacy lessons because each piece is unique and says a little something about the person who created it.
Absolutely no artistic skills needed!
Just the ability to engage with students and volunteers, and to direct everyone to experiment and have fun! All lesson plans are scripted with an accompanying powerpoint presentation (we also have a cool lazer pointer which the kids love to use to show what they see in the slides). You're even provided with a list of supplies to purchase with funds provided by our PTO. Planning and organizational skills are helpful to make things go smoothly.
This really is a labor of love, and I hope to pass this on to a special person or two who would like to help the Art Literacy program continue at Hazeldale. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Art Lit in the subject line if you or someone you know is interested. Ideally, this position should be shared as it's just more fun that way. :)
Thank you for your consideration,
Students will be introduced to an American woman sculptor named Deborah Butterfield for our next Art Literacy discussion. They will also get a chance to work with ceramic clay for the art project which we hope will be cherished for a long time.
Students will be able to describe how Deborah Butterfield's sculptures have changed the way horses are viewed in art.
Students will be able to describe how Deborah Butterfield has abstracted the horse in her sculptural works.
Students will discuss whether or not art can be created only from certain materials and if art should have a meaning.
Sculpture: any work of art carried out in three dimensions (height, width, and depth)
Form: an object that has volume; that takes up space. A three-dimensional object: the object had height, width, and depth. (Shape only has two dimensions, height and width)
Abstract: an artist makes an abstraction by simplifying or rearranging natural objects. When simplifying an object, the artist changes the color, line, shape, form, and texture until the object has been reduces to its most basic form.
Bonjour mes amis! That's French for "Good day my friends." We are now learning about the French artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Students examine Toulouse-Lautrec's artwork and recognize him as a revolutionary force behind the modern printed poster and most noted recorder of the Gay Nineties (1890-1900) in Paris.
Students identify some of the physical properties of line in Toulouse-Lautrec's posters.
Students discuss how printed posters that are functional can also be considered works of art.
Students create a print poster.
Line: a mark made by a pointed tool - brush, pencil, stick, pen, etc. - often defined as a moving dot. Lines have five physical properties. These include:
Print: An image that exists in multiple copies, and has been taken from an engraved plate, woodblock, silk-screen stencil, lithographic stone (as in the case of Toulouse-Lautrec's prints), and photographic negative.
Poster: A large, printed announcement, often illustrated, posted to advertise or publicize something.
In his lifetime, Toulouse-Lautrec helped transform the poster from strictly an information source to a respectable form of art. Toulouse-Lautrec's posters were produced through the process of lithography. Lithography is based on the incompatibility of oil and water. The artist works with grease-based materials on a flat surface, while keeping the areas not to be printed wet with water. When an oil-based ink is deposited onto the plate it adheres only where the greasy design has repelled the water.
We are on to our second artist of the school year, Domenicos Theotocopoulous aka "El Greco", an artist who mastered the art of exaggerating the human shape in painting.
Students will identify characteristics of a painting executed in the Mannerist style.
Students will locate abstracted shapes in El Greco's works.
Students will question whether or not an artistic work containing abstractions of a subject can be beautiful and have value.
Students create a simplified drawing of a figure whose shape has been or can be abstracted in the Mannerist style.
Mannerism: an abstract style of art known for its exaggerated, long, slender figures. This stylization removes subjects from reality and gives paintings an unreal, or otherworldly appearance. The mood of Mannerist paintings id further amplified through the use of acidic colors (pale yellows, thin greens & icy blues) which appear in blocks. These simplified color shape blocks give these paintings a stacked, 2-dimensional appearance.
Abstract: art forms derived by the simplification or rearrangement of natural objects to meet the needs of artistic organization or expression. In El Greco's work, figures have been abstracted by changing the proportions (the relationships of one part of the body to another) to elongate the human shape.
Shape: an area contained within an implied line. Shape has 2 dimensions (length and width). Design in painting is basically the planned arrangement of shapes in a work of art.
We are Kym Lardieri and Emily Bernart and we love introducing kids to art! Kym has an incoming Kindergartner and second grader and Emily has a fourth grader and seventh grader. We look forward to working with you!
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