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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

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

Andy Warhol – miniature accordion-style books

10 Dec

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Lesson focus: outline and accent color

We looked at the early work of Andy Warhol and discussed images that remind each of us of the winter holiday that our own family celebrates.

Before Andy Warhol began silk-screening soup cans, he produced thousands of whimsical line illustrations on various subjects. We looked at a small-format book published with several of these holiday-inspired drawings by Warhol.

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Next, we worked on creating our own miniature (3.5″ x 3.5″) accordion-style books. Each child used a black pen to draw the outline of one image on each of the four panels of the book. After that, we learned about brush skills and chose one color from our water color paint set to accent certain elements of our artwork.

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

Symmetry – Tony Orrico

17 Nov

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We had another art docent visit today, this time focusing on symmetry. We looked at Inuit Art that is based on bilateral symmetry and discussed the ways that our bodies are basically symmetrical. We did some movement experiments, and then looked at the work of dancer/visual artist Tony Orrico, who makes drawings based on the limits of his own dimensions and the symmetry of the body (see the video, and show it to your kids if you’d like!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UeuL5BUgBM

Then, we worked on two projects: one was a collaboration in the hallway, based on Orrico’s gesture drawings. The other was an individual project where the kids experimented with cut paper, lining up the axis to make symmetrical designs. Hope you enjoy your kids’ work!

Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse

Docent: Gala Bent and Heather Allen

Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: Symmetry

Line and Shapes used to Draw a Complex World

21 Oct

We studied the types of line and shape that artists use to draw a complex world– looking at simple families of shapes and lines, and practicing them on a sheet that will come home in their folders today.

A Victor Vasarely piece showed us how some art is made of simple shapes that we can name (square, rhombus, rectangle, etc.). A Picasso drawing showed us how some of our line families (straight, curved, angled) can help us draw a face. A Jacob Lawrence piece showed us that we can make a detailed scene out of many types of shapes. (examples of these artists’ work are attached)

Then Room 3 kids shaped two pieces of paper to become heads and shoulders, and used line to draw all the features and embellishments. The variety and imagination was awesome!

Room 3, Kinder, Ms. Lepse

Docent: Gala Bent and Heather Allen

Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: line & shape