Archive | November, 2011

L.H. Room 10 Prints “showing” at Ballard Starbucks!

30 Nov

Starting Nov 30, Room 10 student’s prints will be on display through the month of December at Starbucks on NW Market in Ballard.  Designs for the prints were originally created by the 5th graders in October during a lesson on line.  Room 10 art docents Kimberly Albert, Britt Sutherland and Darci Cascioppo quickly reprinted them in a variety of bright colors in time to take advantage of Starbucks offer.  Britt and Kimberly met with Starbucks Art coordinator Margaret Atwater, who helped them get the artwork up on the wall and ready for it’s big public debut!  Prints have been listed as “available for purchase” with all proceeds going to the LH Art Docent Program.  Room 10 students should be very proud of their work, and families should take the time to stop in for a “coffee” and check them out!

By Kimberly Albert


Charley Harper Shapes and Pattern

6 Nov

Charley Harper – 1922 – 2007
American Modern Artist
Felt restricted by “realism” – didn’t like to have to add shading, and make everything look 3D on paper. He felt limited.
Wildlife art was dominated by “realism”. He wanted to be different. He liked simple, flat, hard-edged shapes.

His favorite subjects of art was wildlife. Particularly birds. He observed them. Their environments. Their behavior.
His art was a combination of: SHAPES, COLOR COMBINATIONS, PATTERNS, TEXTURES that showed us, more about the animals in his art.
Where do you see shapes? Color combinations? etc.???
How do those elements of art (texture, shape and color) show the animal’s behavior, environment, or shape?

Ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
caterpillar on a leaf, a bird in a nest, an eagle with a fish in it’s claws, a bee on a flower, a sandpiper with it’s beak in the sand, birds on a wire, a robin with a worm in it’s mouth, blue jay on a branch, a woodpecker on a telephone pole…

The kids used cut paper and glue to layer their pieces of paper. They sketched their idea first to make sure that they were incorporating the chosen animal’s environment in to their design as well. The sketch was used to make sure that their animal was the right shape and fit well on the paper. The sketch also helped the children gauge how large to cut their paper pieces. Pattern was encouraged.

Closing Comments: I lead this lesson in both rm. 6/1st grade and rm. 7/3rd grade. The results were similar in ways and in other ways quite different. The 1st graders had a much more relaxed organic approach. Where the 3rd graders dove more in to the details and some struggled with just letting the piece come together even if it wasn’t “perfect” in their eyes.
Print used: Charley Harper 2012 Calendar
Room#, Grade, Teacher: Rm. 6, 1st, Wilson and Rm. 7, 3rd, Saltsman
Docent/s: Marcie Guthrie


Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: Texture, Shape and Color, Charley Harper