Inspired by ghosts and the approach of Halloween, Grade 1 students recently turned McKinne Lounge into a beautiful Pac-Man game. During the research process, girls watched videos of Pac-Man to better understand details about the game. Students had the opportunity to work on their tracing and cutting skills when creating the various color cutouts. In the coming days, Ms. Kallem will be using the art display as part of a math measurement lesson with Grade 3 girls.
Grade 3 students have been exploring their identity through art. In Mr. Witrak’s art class, girls took an iPad selfie, and then created a pencil self-portrait based on that image. This project emphasized: understanding the proportions of the face, shading techniques, and making the eyes come alive. In the spring our girls will do a similar painting project in the cubist style.
The colorful self-portrait (done in Ms. Levy’s class) is a silhouette filled with images that delve into the artist’s identity. This art project will be complemented by student-created I Am poems later in the month.
Grade 1 students recently learned about Pop Artist, Andy Warhol. They looked at images of his work, and noticed his use of bright colors and repetition. Inspired by Warhol, students created their own Pop Art using construction paper and paint.
Hamlin art students are always exploring and creating highly original work. We recently visited a class where Grade 5 students are making their own cereal box designs.
Art Teacher, Ms. Feldman shares:
Students learned about some of the design elements artists use to create their work. We discussed different size and style of text, color and composition and how these elements help create an interesting and eye catching piece. Girls honed their craftsmanship skills by learning how to use the color pencils to create smooth areas. Students were also required to include something about themselves in their artwork.
Students in Grade 4 recently created expressive and colorful self-portraits. Our girls began by looking at Los Angeles native and New York based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley, for inspiration.
Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, (among others), Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and the sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world.
Wiley’s larger than life figures disturb and interrupt tropes of portrait painting, often blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation and the critical portrayal of masculinity and physicality.
The models, dressed in their everyday clothing, are asked to assume poses found in paintings or sculptures representative of the history of their surroundings, creating a juxtaposition of the “old” inherited by the “new.”
Student self-portraits are currently on display in McKinne lounge.
To learn more about Kehinde Wiley, please visit: https://kehindewiley.com/
Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Quilling starts with rolling a strip of paper (using a thick needle) into a coil and then pinching the coil into shapes that can be glued together.
Our students worked for 4 to 5 days to create these beautiful and color-rich pieces. This type of artwork is perfect for girls in Grade 2 because it focuses on hand-eye coordination.
“It is an art craft that the girls could do all year long, they loved it!” -Art Teacher, Mr. Witrak
Grade 5 students looked at the different styles of Totem Poles from Alaska, British Columbia, and the Northwest and discussed their cultural and visual significance. In addition, they observed and discussed various types of symbols that were both stereotypical and more unique in order to explore ideas about how symbols create meaning, understanding, and relay information without the use of words.
Using Google Draw, students designed a personal symbol that represented or expressed some aspect of their personality, their family, or something they are passionate about. Their original symbol was then mirrored in order to expand the design into a more complex symbol. Then their designs were cut out using the laser cutter, painted, and attached to the pole. Each pole represents one of the 5th grade art sections.
There is art swimming in our midst. Of course our talented students do art every day, but we also have a highly creative faculty. Be sure to visit the “From the Heart” art display in the East Dining Room, where you will find paintings, quilts, needlepoint, mixed media, embroidery, among other fantastic artwork.
Special thanks to contributing artists: Sarah Cherney, Willow Hagge, Jessie Wayburn, Jim Lengel, Maggie Jo Feldman, Lauren Dyer, Konika Ray, Irene Gonzalez, Hannah Do, Caitlin Stevens, and Andy Witrak.
Grade 5 students recently completed colorful collages showcasing animals from across the United States. Abby created a beautiful grey fox.
She shares this reflection about her artistic process:
Overall, I think I had a good experience making this collage. It was a little hard to find the right colors that I needed. What I did to get through the challenge was improvise to find a solution that worked even though it took a long time. The part of the process that I enjoyed the most was collaborating with my friends and finding a way to put the scraps onto my picture. I like the way my piece came out because I am not naturally talented at collaging, but I still was able to do this successfully. The part of the artistic process that surprised me the most was that we spent so long drawing our animals. Now that I look back at it, I think it was very important that we spent so long drawing because we need to know all of the spacing and color details.
The Chauvet and Lascaux Caves in France aren’t the only places to see beautiful drawings of animals. Next week kindergarteners will be creating their own artwork inside of the Lascaux Cave in McKinne Lounge.
In preparation for this undertaking, students enjoyed the picture book The First Drawing, and pondered the importance of animals to early humans in prehistoric Europe. Our girls will explore the magic of the cave using chalk and special lights to make their depictions. Be sure to stop by for a visit inside!