News From the Art Room
April 27 - May 1
And as any new dad would, I'll now smother you with baby pictures.
Want to see a video of baby Cedar trying (with minimal success) to stay awake? Of course you do!
2015 Farmington Art Show
2015 Farmington Art Show FAQ's
A. Free. It costs free.
Q. Free you say, eh? When is it again?
A. Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 - 8:00. People usually start meandering in around 5:30.
Q. So is there, like, a program or do we just walk in or what?
A. No program! It's like an art gallery. Artwork is hung up and you come peruse it. Stay as long as you like, leave whenever.
Q. What all will there be to do?
A. In addition to all of the AMAZING work that students have done, in years past we've had live demonstrations from student artists showing how to throw pottery on a potter's wheel, drawing, painting, etc. The school store will also be open and selling snacks.
Q. Can we bring the whole family?
A. Please do! The more the merrier! In the past the cafeteria has been packed with families!
Q. How do I know if my kid has any artwork in the show?
A. Later this week certificates will be sent home with students whose work is going up at the art show. When I select student work to go into the show I always pull students aside and chat with them about it--if your child has artwork in the show you likely have already heard about it.
Q. Wait, where is it at again?
A. Farmington High School in the cafeteria. Believe me, you won't be able to miss it. Park in either lot, head in and follow the noise.
In The Tall, Tall Grass
Masks and Resists
Students are creating watercolor cards, each with a letter masked off on it.
Last week students made a resist (similar to a mask) using watercolor paints and wax crayons. These took the form of "wild things" from Maurice Sendak's classic, Where the Wild Things Are. Look for these to be sent home this week.
Keith Haring Figures
With these paintings largely under wraps we'll be moving on to our clay unit starting at the end of the week.
Texture, Space, and a lot of Painting
As students finish up their texture paintings they're able to begin painting their clay creatures as those have now come out of the kiln after their firing.
Blown Minds and One Point Perspective Cityscapes
As we wind down from drawing in perspective we'll be starting our self-portraits.
Photography and Ceiling Tiles
If your child is in Mrs. Needham's class or Mrs. Rodman's class, ask to see their Photography folder inside their Art Portfolio (on the Google Drive app on their iPads). Students were instructed to edit, rename, and upload (at least) 10 photos to their portfolios and thus far only about half of the students have followed through on that.
If students need a refresher, refer them to the project description sheet that they saved to their iPads before Spring Break (if they can't find it I posted it to Schoology again yesterday to remind them. Also, it's right here.)
Students have also been hard at work painting ceiling tiles to adorn our hallways. Students use the gridding technique to correctly transfer the proportions of a historical painting from their iPads onto their ceiling tiles and that's no small feat! We'll be finishing up our ceiling tiles in the coming week before starting our final clay project as elementary schoolers!