Art Newsletter

September 2018

Mandy Bohner '83

Early Learning Center
The year is off to a great start in art! Last year’s study culminated in our look at Impressionism, with some of the largest names in the world of art history; and we continue the trend with a foray into Post Impressionism, specifically Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh is a widely known and prolific artist, providing us with canvases laden with paint, brushstrokes, texture, feelings, and beauty.
     Our study began with a look at his paintings of sunflowers, of which there are several.  Using oil pastels, the children created their own, trying their hand at layering of colors and shading. For the first project of the ELC school year, the kids knocked it out of the park! These are hanging in the ELC hall, but will come home soon. From the sunflower still life, we moved into the landscape genre with a look at his Field with Poppies, 1889. Using tempera on large paper, each child painted his/her own field of poppies. Some children chose to stick with the red of typical poppies, whereas some totally went down another color path - either way, they all had fun painting!
     After the sunflowers and poppies, we took a break from Van Gogh and got our hands into clay, making pinch pot based Jack-o-Lanterns. Clay is both an excellent and fun way to strengthen fine motor and is a child favorite. The clay process is a long one, but the pumpkins will be home by Halloween - I loved seeing the children’s visions for their pumpkins’ faces!
     From Van Gogh, we moved onto Henri Matisse and his style of art, Fauvism. Matisse, like Van Gogh, was prolific in his art creation, using everything from paint to paper (painting with paper as he called it.) After looking at his piece, The Snail, students created a snail collage using construction paper and crayons.

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Lower Primary
     The year is off to a great start in art! Last year’s study culminated in our look at Impressionism, with some of the largest names in the world of art history; and we continue the trend with a foray into Post Impressionism, specifically Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh is a widely known and prolific artist, providing us with canvases laden with paint, brushstrokes, texture, feelings, and beauty.
     Our study began with a look at his paintings of sunflowers, of which there are several.  Using oil pastels and tissue paper, the children created their own, trying their hand at layering of colors and shading. These turned out beautifully and are hanging in the cafeteria. Also displayed in the cafeteria are the children’s ceramic replicas of Van Gogh’s, The Starry Night. 
     In addition to the sunflowers and clay drawings, each student painted a field of poppies, after looking at Van Gogh’s painting of poppies. The children focused on their brushstrokes and the creation of movement within their work.
     From Van Gogh, we moved onto Henri Matisse and his style of art, Fauvism. Matisse, like Van Gogh, was prolific in his art creation, using everything from paint to paper (painting with paper as he called it.) After looking at his abstract piece, The Snail, students created a snail collage using construction paper and crayons - hopefully these have made it home safe and sound.
     In between our studies of Van Gogh and Matisse, we got our hands into clay, making pinch pot based Jack-o-Lanterns. Clay is both an excellent and fun way to strengthen fine motor, and is a child favorite. The clay process is a long one, but the pumpkins will be home by Halloween - I loved seeing the children’s visions for their pumpkins’ faces!
     And finally, I want to share this picture - it is my absolute favorite. This is our “box,” which is a red tub filled with all sorts of items - I am sure some of you have seen the creations your children have brought home. Whether random stickers glued together or toilet paper rolls, when the children dig in the box, their imaginations are going strong. This child took digging to a whole new level!

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Middle Primary
     The year is off to a great start in art! Last year’s study culminated in our look at Impressionism, with some of the largest names in the world of art history; and we continue the trend with a foray into Post Impressionism, specifically Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh is a widely known and prolific artist, providing us with canvases laden with paint, brushstrokes, texture, feelings, and beauty.
     Our study began with a look at his paintings of sunflowers, of which there are several.  Using oil pastels and tissue paper, the children created their own, trying their hand at layering of colors and shading. These turned out beautifully!
     In addition to the sunflowers, after looking at Van Gogh’s paintings of poppies, each student painted a field of poppies using acrylic on canvas paper. The children focused on their brushstrokes and the creation of movement within their work.
     Another focus within our study was Van Gogh’s chairs, specifically the two paintings he did of his chair and Gauguin’s. The children were asked to create a chair using pastels on paper that reflected his/her personality, while also utilizing perspective. While drawing in perspective can be very challenging, the kids rose to the challenge and did great work!
     From Van Gogh, we moved onto Henri Matisse and his style of art, Fauvism. Matisse, like Van Gogh, was prolific in his art creation, using everything from paint to paper (painting with scissors as he called it.) After looking at his painting, The Goldfish, students began their own mixed media goldfish using tissue paper, Mod Podge, watercolor and paper - a mixed media piece to be sure.
     In between our studies of Van Gogh and Matisse, we got our hands into clay, making pinch pot based Jack-o-Lanterns. Clay is both an excellent and fun way to strengthen fine motor, and is a child favorite. The clay process is a long one, but the pumpkins will be home by Halloween - I loved seeing the children’s visions for their pumpkins’ faces!

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Upper Primary
     The year is off to a great start in art! Last year’s study culminated in our look at Impressionism, with some of the largest names in the world of art history; and we continue the trend with a foray into Post Impressionism, specifically Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh is a widely known and prolific artist, providing us with canvases laden with paint, brushstrokes, texture, feelings, and beauty.
     Our study began with a look at his paintings of sunflowers, of which there are several.  Using oil pastels on paper, the children created their own, trying their hand at layering of colors and shading. These turned out beautifully and are hanging in the chapel for a little bit longer.
     In addition to the sunflowers, after looking at Van Gogh’s paintings of poppies, each student painted a field of poppies using acrylic on canvas board. The children focused on their brushstrokes and the creation of movement within their work.
     Another focus within our study was Van Gogh’s chairs, specifically the two paintings he did of his chair and Gauguin’s. The children were asked to create a chair using pastels on paper that reflected his/her personality, while also utilizing perspective. While drawing in perspective can be very challenging, the kids rose to the challenge and did great work!
     From Van Gogh, we moved onto Henri Matisse and his style of art, Fauvism. Matisse, like Van Gogh, was prolific in his art creation, using everything from paint to paper (painting with paper as he called it.) After looking at his piece, Icarus, students began their own mixed media version of Icarus using tissue paper and Mod Podge.
     In between our studies of Van Gogh and Matisse, we got our hands into clay, making pinch pot based Jack-o-Lanterns. The clay process is a long one, but the pumpkins will be home by Halloween - I loved seeing the children’s visions for their pumpkins’ faces!


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