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Saturated Colors – difference between light and bright colors

16 Mar

The art docent lesson today focused on further exploration of the creative possibilities of line, and we also talked about saturated or bright colors. We watched this video: https://vimeo.com/34698421

And then we did the same thing– using a piece of vellum with dots for eyes to find faces in the shapes that the children had drawn (the pictures attached are in-progress shots where you can see the dotted vellum).

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After that, we looked at the color wheel and talked about the saturated tones of the rainbow that make up the basic color wheel, including some discussion about primary, secondary and tertiary colors, warm and cool tones, and the difference between “light” colors and “bright” colors.

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Then the kids began to apply bright colors to their drawings.

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Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse
Docent: Heather Allen and Gala Bent
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: line and color

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Louise Nevelson – sculptor: Art with found objects

25 Feb

The lesson’s focus was on assemblage art with found objects and cast-off materials. We looked at the work of Louise Nevelson, an American sculptor (emigrated from Russia when she was three years old) known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.

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The students focused on making something out of what would generally be considered nothing — taking what most people view as useless and arranging it in an artistic manner, elevating it from junk to art. Nevelson’s art appears puzzle-like — we encouraged the students to discover ways to layer the objects, create patterns and incorporate a variety of textures to create a unique composition.

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Each piece was spray painted a monochromatic black or white (the students chose which color).

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All the materials were donated from students. The kids had a great time going through the boxes and bags of materials to make choices for their pieces.

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Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse
Docent: Heather Allen and Gala Bent
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: composition and shape

Sunprints

25 Feb

This was an art project that also had a lot to do with science. We planned to make sunprints, and lucky for us, there was **SUN** !

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By the way, we did have a backup Seattle plan; sunprints can be made in cloudy weather, they just take much longer! We talked about these experiments as photographs–a word which means, literally: writing with light. We’ll be studying more about photography later this year, and will remind students about their experience with a light-sensitive surface.

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We are planning to construct a quilt-like grid of the final pieces, so that it looks like a starry sky. The project was inspired, in part, by the work of artist Danielle Rante.

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Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse
Docent: Heather Allen and Gala Bent
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: Color, form and pattern

Sunsets and Silhouettes

20 Jan

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Preparation: We pre-cut rectangles of black paper in 3 sizes – the width of the painting t and two smaller sizes. The painting were done on white paper using watercolors in sunset shades – blue, white, red, orange, magenta, yellow.

Lesson:

We talked about the life of “cowboy artist” C.M. Russell and his love of the American West. We showed photographs of sunsets and example paintings Eileen and her granddaughter had done, containing elements like mountains, trees, cactus silhouettes.

We distributed paper, 1″ wide brushes, paints and water. The students painted the sky at sunset, using long horizontal brushstrokes allowing colors to mix at the margins. While the paints were drying they cut out black shapes for their background and foreground elements, then glued the silhouettes onto their paintings.

Unrelated activity pages were used by the students to allow time for the watercolors to dry.

Room/Grade/Teacher: Rm 2, Kindergarten, Ms Beckley

Art Docents: Eileen Berlin, Cathy Clark, Harriet Eidelman

Art Elements/Artist: Watercolors/C.M. Russell

Mondrian

16 Jan

Room 4 Lesson on Mondrian – December, 2012

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Docent: Matt Schonwald-MBA
mattschonwald@gmail.com

Mondrian Shapes and Colors

16 Jan

Room 2 – Using Shapes and Colors in the style of Mondrian

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Preparation: We pre-cut yellow, red and blue rectangles of various sizes, and 1 x 18 or 12 inch strips of black. The project was done on 12 x 18 white paper.

Lesson: We looked at Mondrian’s self-portrait and a photo of him when he was much older. We looked at an early representational painting, a painting from his cubism phase, and a geometic, basic colored abstract and explained how he believed in using only the basic essences of things in his work. Art, then, does not need to look like a real thing. Cathy showed a nature photograph, then how she made an abstract from it using the elements of blue sky, yellow sun, flower stems and red flowers.

We distributed the white paper and sets of the black strips and colored rectangles. We asked the students to start by gluing some black strips on the horizontal and vertical of the picture, then glue or cut and glue a few colored rectangles to complete the picture. When they gave their pictures to Ms. Beckley she asked them what was in their picture.
Lesson Title: Using Shapes and Colors in the style of Mondrian
Room#, Grade, Teacher: Rm 2, Kindergarten, Ms Beckley
Docent/s: Eileen Berlin and Cathy Clark

November, 2012 lesson

Email: catherinejclark@comcast.net
Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: lines and rectangles, basic colors

Van Gogh “Starry Night” style paintings

11 Dec

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Rm 2, Kindergarten, Ms Beckley December 11 art lesson

Art docents: Eileen Berlin and Cathy Clark

 

Title: Starry Night in the style of Vincent Van Gogh

 

Art Element: lines and curves

 

Preparation: We pre-cut sets of small rectangles of various colors and sizes for each table, and prepared a tray or baking tin of 6 fingerpaints for each pair of students. We used white, yellow, orange, red, green and brown washable tempura thinned with a little dish detergent. The project was done on 12 x 18 blue paper.

 

Lesson: We looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait and Eileen talked a little about his life. Van Gogh tried many different jobs before he concentrated on painting. Sometimes he became so focused on painting that he forgot to eat or sleep. We looked at one of his most famous works, Starry Night, and pointed out the main elements in the painting — houses, tree, night sky. We talked about how Van Gogh tried to express emotions and motion in this painting.

 

We distributed the blue paper and sets of small rectangles. Eileen used the document viewer as she modeled and explained each step in the project.

 

1) Fold a rectangle and cut at a slant to create a house with a roof. Glue 2 or 3 houses on the lower right of the picture. (When the children were well into this, we covered their fronts with plastic wrap and distributed the trays of fingerpaints.)

 

2) Use small dabs of paint to create lighted windows in some of the houses. Use longer straight or curved lines or swirls to draw a tree on the left side of the picture.

 

3) Add stars and the moon to the night sky. Create the impression of glow by surrounding the stars with short lines. Some created the impression of wind using large, long swirls of color.

 

Closing Comments: Many steps for a single lesson. Many, many wet wipes used.