Art Newsletter

April and May 2018

Mandy Bohner '83

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Early Learning Center
In April, we continued our studies of the Renaissance, focusing on Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel. After looking at [parts] of the ceiling featuring Bible stories, specifically the scene of God creating Adam with out-stretched hands, each child created his or her own, choosing the placement of each hand, and then coloring in with watercolor crayons.
From the Renaissance, we take a brief look at the Dutch Golden Age, using the art of Pieter Claesz to inform our study of the still life genre. Working from a real life example, the children drew their own using oil pastels. These are wonderful and very well done - I am very proud of their work!
Staying in Dutch Art for the beginning of May, children will paint a ceramic tile using Delft glaze in the style of tiles that were found all over Holland in the 17th century.
We complete our year with a look at Impressionism, and some of the movement’s best known artists: Monet, De-gas and Renoir. Just in time for our gardens to bloom here on campus, we take on the tradition of “plein air painting” or taking the studio outside, and paint our St. Nicholas gardens, much like Claude Monet painted his garden in Giverny. The work of Degas introduces us to the human figure, and how to portray bodies in motion, and looking at Renoir’s, The Umbrellas, will inspire the children to make their own artsy umbrellas.
This year has been a wonderful one, full of learning and exploring - I have enjoyed teaching your children and watching their endless excitement and creativity. Hopefully there will be time for some art over the summer - please let me know if you have any questions!  

Lower Primary
In April, we continued our studies of the Renaissance, focusing on Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel. After looking at [parts] of the ceiling featuring Bible stories, specifically the scene of God creating Adam with out-stretched hands, each child created his or her own, choosing the placement of each hand, and then coloring in with watercolor crayons.
From the Renaissance, we take a brief look at the Dutch Golden Age, using the art of Pieter Claesz to inform our study of the still life genre. We tackled two different subjects: a coffee cup and a vase full of flowers. Working from real life examples, the children drew their own using oil pastels, emphasizing the 3D effect, as well as shad-ing techniques. These are wonderful and very well done - I am very proud of their work!
Staying in Dutch Art for the beginning of May, children will paint a ceramic tile using Delft glaze in the style of tiles that were found all over Holland in the 17th century.
Another fun opportunity the children had in April was to help with the set design for their Theme Day program.
We complete our year with a look at Impressionism, and some of the movement’s best known artists: Monet, De-gas and Renoir. Just in time for our gardens to bloom here on campus, we take on the tradition of “plein air paint-ing” or taking the studio outside,and paint our St. Nicholas gardens, much like Claude Monet painted his garden in Giverny. The work of Degas introduces us to the human figure, and how to portray bodies in motion, and looking at Renoir’s, The Umbrellas, will inspire the children to make their own artsy umbrellas.
This year has been a wonderful one, full of learning and exploring - I have enjoyed teaching your children and watching their endless excitement and creativity. Hopefully there will be time for some art over the summer - please let me know if you have any questions!

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Middle Primary
In April, the children completed their self-portraits featuring themselves in front of their homes - these are dis-played in the chapel and are fun individual representations!
Moving on from the Renaissance, we take a brief look at the Dutch Golden Age, using the art of Pieter Claesz to inform our study of the still life genre. We tackled a time-old still life tradition: a vase full of flowers. Working from real life examples, the children drew their own using oil pastels, emphasizing the 3D effect, as well as shading techniques. These are wonderful and very well done - I am very proud of their work!
Staying in Dutch Art for the beginning of May, children will paint a ceramic tile using Delft glaze in the style of tiles that were found all over Holland in the 17th century.
We complete our year with a look at Impressionism, and some of the movement’s best known artists: Monet, De-gas and Renoir. Just in time for our gardens to bloom here on campus, we take on the tradition of “plein air paint-ing” or taking the studio outside, and paint our St. Nicholas gardens, much like Claude Monet painted his garden in Giverny. The work of Degas introduces us to the human figure, and how to portray bodies in motion, and looking at Renoir’s, The Umbrellas, will inspire the children to make their artsy own umbrellas.
This year has been a wonderful one, full of learning and exploring - I have enjoyed teaching your children and watching their endless excitement and creativity. Hopefully there will be time for some art over the summer - please let me know if you have any questions!

Upper Primary
In April, students completed their studies of feathers and created angel wings, which are hanging in the chapel. Continuing with our studies of the Renaissance, we took a brief look at  Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel, focusing on [parts] of the ceiling featuring Bible stories, specifically the scene of God creating Adam with  outstretched hands, each child created his or her own, choosing the placement of each hand, and then coloring in with watercolor crayons. We also started the process of making plaster replicas of Michelangelo’s David’s face using silicone molds. Students have the choice of the ear, eye, mouth or nose. Since we have just a few of these, this is an ongoing process until the end of the year.
From the Renaissance, we take a brief look at the Dutch Golden Age, using the art of Pieter Claesz to inform our study of the still life genre. We tackled the still life in two very different ways: as a drawing using oil pastels and as a mixed media piece using cans set for recycling. With the drawing, the children worked from real life examples,  emphasizing the 3D effect, as well as shading techniques.  For the mixed media piece, each child chose his or her own subject using the guidelines of what makes a still life. These are widely varied and well done - they are on display in the cafeteria.
Staying in Dutch Art for the beginning of May, children will paint a ceramic tile using Delft glaze in the style of tiles that were found all over Holland in the 17th century.
We complete our year with a look at Impressionism, and some of the movement’s best known artists: Monet, De-gas and Renoir. Just in time for our gardens to bloom here on campus, we take on the tradition of “plein air paint-ing” or taking the studio outside, and paint our St. Nicholas gardens, much like Claude Monet painted his garden in Giverny. The work of Degas introduces us to the human figure, and how to portray bodies in motion, and looking at Renoir’s, The Umbrellas, will inspire the children to make their own umbrellas.
This year has been a wonderful one, full of learning and exploring - I have enjoyed teaching your children and watching their endless excitement and creativity. Hopefully there will be time for some art over the summer - please let me know if you have any questions!  


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