Category Archives: Art

Connections: Artwork from Grade 5

Grade 5 art students couldn’t be physically together these past weeks, but they still remained connected through the creative process and sharing work online.

Ms. Feldman met with her students via Zoom to set up the template for the above drawing. The template involved measuring 3.25 inches from the top of each side of the drawing where ribbon would start and end. Components of the piece included: their hand, their name, and 6 sections filled with a pattern. Students then worked independently at home and shared their completed artwork with each other online.

Chalk Pastel Drawings with Grade 6

This spring in Studio Art girls created realistic paper airplane drawings with chalk pastel.

Grade 5 Virtual Art Show

These are just some of the beautiful art pieces completed in Grade 5. Students learned about face proportions and created their unique self-portraits incorporating descriptive words.

Hamlin Participates In Art Challenge

For years, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles has been famous for its large collection of European paintings, sculptures and other works of art. Recently, it was popular for something else: an art challenge on social media.

The Getty asked its followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to remake famous pieces from its collection. “We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home,” the museum wrote.

The rules were simple: Choose your favorite work of art. Use three things from your house to recreate it. Then, take a picture and share it on social media.

Inspired by this endeavor, members of our faculty submitted their art-inspired photos.

Grade 6 Virtual Art Show

These are just some of the beautiful impressionistic paintings that were completed earlier this year.

Grade 3 Explores Picasso

Grade 3 students have become experts on the artist, Pablo Picasso. They have learned about Cubism, his Blue Period, and other facets about Picasso’s work.

Using tempera paint, students created Picasso-inspired pieces that currently adorn McKinne Lounge. These young artists worked diligently for 7 classes to make both the paintings and the frames. The frames were constructed from old Winterfest gingerbread house boxes.

Hamlin Brand Shoes

Grade 2 students recently created unique and colorful shoes in their art class. The shoe-building project was a fun way for young artists to explore paper sculpture.  The girls first studied Andy Warhol’s shoe advertisements from the 1960’s, then designed the type of shoe they wanted to build.  Girls used templates for flip-flops, flats, high tops, and more, working with tape and glue for construction.  The final step was applying color by using liquid starch and tissue paper. Below is a closer look at a pair of rainbow-inspired shoes.

Candy Pop Art in Grade 7

Art students began this project by choosing an image of their favorite candy. The image was cropped to create an interesting composition. Using the technique of scale and proportion students drew their images and painted them using Gouache paint (an opaque paint that is a cross between watercolor and acrylic, known for its saturated brilliant color).

Pop Art is a style of art based on simple bold images of everyday items, such as soup cans painted in bright colors. Pop artists create pictures of consumer product labels and packaging, photos of celebrities, comic strips, and animals.

California Self-Portraits in Grade 3

Earlier in the school year Grade 3 students made beautiful California Self-Portraits as part of their Social Studies curriculum. Saaya did the above piece and and shared this:

My favorite place in California is Pinnacles National Park because the slight breeze on your face feels nice. If you ever decide to go on a hike with no work, good luck! If you do go there are big rocks.

Interview with Art Teacher: Maggie Jo Feldman

Maggie Jo Feldman is in her 7th year at The Hamlin School. She is the force behind a plethora of beautiful artwork that regularly adorns Stanwood throughout the year.

1) Tell us about your approach to teaching middle school art.

I believe that everyone can be an artist if they want to. I like to introduce a project/artist and have a discussion with students, getting them to explore an artist or technique so they can discover what is important about the work.  I also like to remind students that just because an artist is famous and in a museum, doesn’t mean you have to like them.  My classroom is built around the model of an art studio, there is a lot time for students to work individually and get into their work. So much of their day is about collaboration, it is nice for them to work solo and get to focus inward. I want my classroom to not only reflect the traditional studio environment, but also to be a different place than an academic classroom.

2) What do you enjoy most about working with young artists at Hamlin?

Hamlin students are pretty amazing in that they are really passionate about many things. They are so eager and excited to take on new challenges, especially if those challenges involve being creative and expressive. They come up with the most interesting things.  As a teacher, it is most satisfying to see girls complete a project that they initially thought was out of reach. I love seeing that surprise and happiness of completion.

3) Tell us about your own artwork, we’ve heard it has received recent accolades.

For the last 3 years I have been working extremely hard on developing work around the refugee crisis, and gun violence, while also looking into the language of the Constitution. I taught myself to sew and developed a style using free-motion embroidery. It has been exciting for me (after all these years of making art), to be acknowledged with exhibitions and awards for my work. This year I was awarded several awards. The one I’m most proud of was the honor for excellence in stitchery from the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. My work has recently been shown in Rhode Island, Ohio, Virginia, San Rafael, Los Angeles, and is currently in an exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilt and Design. I also have a piece that is slated to be in an exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art in 2020. Thanks for letting me brag. I guess I’m pretty excited about it all!

4) Who are your artistic influences?

I really love conceptual art and look to the work of Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Richard Long, and Glenn Ligon. When I was painting, I looked to Bay Area figurative artists such as Wayne Thibeaux and Richard Debunker.  These artists have influenced me over the years, but if you look at my work, I’m not sure you would see the influences.

5) What is one piece of advice that you can give a beginning artist?

Don’t compare yourself to others. Keep working. Keep looking. Keep being critical. Don’t forget to look at the world around you, it is totally inspiring. Draw from your own experience. There are many different styles, making things look realistic is not the only way. Carry a sketchbook.  Remember that learning to make art is much like learning anything. It takes practice, patience and some passion.