Art Newsletter

January/February 2019

Mandy Bohner '83

Early Learning Center
 
      The focus on hearts in February gave us a perfect chance to veer away from Surrealism for a moment and look at the Pop artist, Jim Dine, specifically his hearts. Drawing and cutting hearts is no easy feat - from figuring out how to draw the heart on the folded line to cutting; what might seem simple to us (meaning adults) isn’t always intuitive to an ELC child.  But it is a great activity to strengthen fine motor and learn about symmetry. After we played with scissors and heart cutting, we ventured into the world of encaustic (painting with wax.) The children did an incredible job with this and I am proud of how well they handled themselves with the wax and their canvases!
       After our venture into Pop Art, we returned to the world of Surrealism and looked at the art of both Paul Klee and René Magritte, focusing mainly on The Goldfish by Klee and The False Mirror by Magritte. Using oil pastels and tempera paint the children made their own versions of The Goldfish, with wonderfully bright fish emerging out of seas of darkness. And for the Magritte project, the children learned how to draw a “real” eye, which they painted using tempera paint sticks. As Magritte used clouds to fill in the iris of his eye, the children chose their own themes to complete their eye paintings.
       To finish, in addition to our regular art room activities, the children worked hard creating their Level project for our upcoming auction. Each project is a collaboration of each and every little pair of hands and is a treasure - hope to see you at the auction!

Lower Primary
       The focus on hearts in February gave us a perfect chance to veer away from Surrealism for a moment and look at the Pop artist, Jim Dine, specifically his hearts. Drawing and cutting hearts is no easy feat - from figuring out how to draw the heart on the folded line to cutting; what might seem simple to us (meaning adults) isn’t always intuitive to an LP child.  But it is a great activity to strengthen fine motor and learn about symmetry. After we played with scissors and heart cutting, we ventured into the world of encaustic (painting with wax.) The children did an incredible job with this and I am proud of how well they handled themselves with the wax and their canvases!
      After our venture into Pop Art, we returned to the world of Surrealism and looked at the art of both Paul Klee and René Magritte, focusing mainly on The Goldfish by Klee and The False Mirror by Magritte. Using oil pastels and tempera paint the children made their own versions of The Goldfish, with wonderfully bright fish emerging out of seas of darkness. And for the Magritte project, the children learned how to draw a “real” eye, which they painted using tempera paint sticks. As Magritte used clouds to fill in the iris of his eye, the children chose their own themes to complete their eye paintings.
       To finish, in addition to our regular art room activities, the children worked hard creating their Level project for our upcoming auction. Each project is a collaboration of each and every little pair of hands and is a treasure - hope to see you at the auction!

Middle Primary
       The focus on hearts in February gave us a perfect chance to veer away from Surrealism for a moment and look at the Pop artist, Jim Dine, specifically his hearts. Drawing and cutting hearts is a good opportunity to remind the children about symmetry and to remember inspiration can be found anywhere.  After we played with scissors and heart cutting, we ventured into the world of encaustic (painting with wax.) The children did an incredible job with this and I am proud of how well they handled themselves with the wax and their canvases!  
       After our venture into Pop Art, we returned to the world of Surrealism and looked at the art of both Paul Klee and René Magritte, focusing mainly on The Goldfish by Klee and The False Mirror by Magritte. Using oil pastels and tempera paint the children made their own versions of The Goldfish, with wonderfully bright fish emerging out of seas of darkness. And for the Magritte project, the children learned how to draw a “real” eye, which they painted using tempera paint sticks. As Magritte used clouds to fill in the iris of his eye, the children chose their own themes to complete their eye paintings.
       To finish, in addition to our regular art room activities, the children worked hard creating their Level project for our upcoming auction. Each project is a collaboration of each and every pair of hands and is a treasure - hope to see you at the auction!

Upper Primary
       The focus on hearts in February gave us a perfect chance to veer away from Surrealism for a moment and look at the Pop artist, Jim Dine, specifically his hearts. Drawing and cutting hearts is a good opportunity to remind the children about symmetry and to remember inspiration can be found anywhere.  After we played with scissors and heart cutting, we ventured into the world of encaustic (painting with wax.) The children did an incredible job with this and I am proud of how well they handled themselves with the wax and their canvases! To complete February, we took a brief moment and looked at the work of Chris Uphues and his wife, Jen, who create fun pop culture “happy hearts.” Following their lead, the children made their own happy-faced hearts using sharpies and watercolor. 
       After our venture into Pop Art, we returned to the world of Surrealism and looked at the art of both Paul Klee and René Magritte, focusing mainly on The Goldfish by Klee and The False Mirror by Magritte. Using oil pastels and tempera paint the children made their own versions of The Goldfish, with wonderfully bright fish emerging out of seas of darkness. And for the Magritte project, the children learned how to draw a “real” eye, which they painted using tempera paint sticks. As Magritte used clouds to fill in the iris of his eye, the children chose their own themes to complete their eye paintings.
       To finish, in addition to our regular art room activities, the children worked hard creating their Level project for our upcoming auction. Each project is a collaboration of each and every little pair of hands and is a treasure - hope to see you at the auction!


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