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Archive for September, 2010

Kindergarten – Ms. Whitley

January 27, 2010

The task this day for the Art Appreciation Lesson was to sculpt figures, either animal or human using the elongated, stretched-out forms sculpted by Giacometti as inspiration. The children used pipe cleaners and wrapped them in tin foil, then molded their figures.

Giacometti’s sculptures were very often of the human form, in various activities and poses, but not necessarily limited to this. The kids were shown many pictures of Giacometti sculptures, some animal, and asked to make their own sculpture to take home. What came from the lesson were fun figures made by hand by each child, formed and molded to create whatever figure they had imagined. It was a fun, tactile lesson that engaged everyone, even the volunteers!

-lesson conducted by Eliza Buckner and Ellen Maliff

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Amish Quilting

Third Grade – Mrs. Peterson

May 21, 2009

Project Synopsis:

Today in Art Appreciation, Mrs. Peterson’s students learned about the history of Amish Quilting in the United States. They learned that the tradition of Amish quilting began in the late 1800’s. the quilts were very conservative in pattern and color, consisting mainly of black, blue, rust or brown. Cotton or wool was used to construct the quilt. Their quilts began as whole cloth quilts and then moved to large piece quilts. By the 1940’s, the Amish were using brighter colors, pastels and even some printed fabrics to make their quilts.

Quilting is done by the women of the community, during the winter months, when they are not needed outside to help on the farm as much. The Amish traditionally make quilts for weddings, babies, friendship and fundraisers. Today, however, quilting bees are held to produce quilts to be sold to the general public and raise money for the Amish community.

Our project involved creating a 9 patch quilt block using various colored and patterned paper. We discussed the importance of MATH and MEASURING in respect to creating consistent patters.

-lesson conducted by Jill Goldstein

Art Vocabulary Words:

Quilt Sandwich: The 3 essential layers of a quilt consisting of the top, batting and the backing.

Nine Patch: The quilt patter made from 9 equally sized squares, 3 across and 3 down.

Quilting Bee: A social gathering of people to work on and complete a given task, in this case, a quilt.

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Lesson in Pointillism

Kindergarten – Mrs. Whitley

April 7, 2010

Project Synopsis:

The students in Ms. Whitley’s kindergarten class were introduced to the pointillism method of painting, and were shown many samples of Georges Seurat’s paintings through his career. A projection of Seurat’s “Eiffel Tower” was shown as inspiration, and the students were asked to make their own Eiffel Tower using only the tip of the paint brush to make dots on the paper. By the end of the lesson, all of the students filled their paper and the result was an array of lovely interpretations of the famed French landmark in an assortment of different colors, shapes and styles!

-lesson conducted by Eliza Buckner and Ellen Maliff

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Who Am I? The Self Portrait

4th Grade – Ms. Fotopoulos & Mrs. Musselman

Project Synopsis:

Why do artists create self portraits? Why do they create other peoples portraits? Today your child participated in an Art Appreciation project that centered around the questions that arise when one tries to answer the question, “Who am I?” and “Who are you?” We looked at the figurative paintings of Alex Katz for inspiration. We talked about the way Katz created large fields of color within the portraits and flattens the space by eliminating detail. Each student was challenged to answer the question of “Who am I” and create a large scale self portrait.

-lesson conducted by Jill Goldstein

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