Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Kente Cloth

The Kindergarteners and 1st Graders learned about Kente Cloth from Ghana. Kente Cloth is a very colorful handmade cloth that is full of beautiful patterns. The students made a pattern with 2 different colors and lines and shapes. They had a great time using paint and coming up with unique patterns!

7th and 8th Grade Dia Des Los Muertos Masks

On October 31st, November 1st and 2nd, people in Mexico celebrate a holiday called Dia Des Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It's a time when people celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It's a colorful, joyful holiday where costumes are worn, celebrations are had and graves are decorated with flowers and sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are small skull sculptures made of of sugar that are decorated with elaborate designs. Using plaster gauze and brush tip markers, the 7th and 8th graders created masks inspired by the sugar skulls from Mexico. They came up with many creative ways to decorate their masks!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

3rd and 4th Grade Fairfield Collages

The 3rd and 4th graders learned about the art of the collage. They viewed collages by famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Romare Bearden. We focused on the collages by Romare Bearden and discussed how his collages showed scenes from his life. The students then created their own collage based on their lives and created a scene that represents Fairfield in some way. Here's what they came up with!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

6th Grade Elements of Art Books

The 6th graders spent much of the first trimester working on beautiful accordion books that illustrate each of the seven Elements of Art. A solid understanding of the Elements of Art is incredibly important in the creation of works of art. The students chose a shape or an image that would appear on each page. They then used that shape or image to illustrate each element of art. For example, to show line, they created a variety of lines inside their shape. To show form, they made their shape look 3-dimensional. They did a wonderful job on their books!