TerraNichol Academy of the Arts

Weekly Blog January 19th-23rd, 2015

Art Appreciation

It's All About Jackson Pollock this week as students have been inspired by this Action Artist! Students have learned these fun facts with about Action Jackson! Discuss them with your child! He was born in Wyoming but lived in Arizona and California as he grew up. Jackson Pollock preferred painting in his garage and use unconvential tools such as spoons, spatulas, sticks and knives to create his drip and splatter techniques. He also used regular house paint as his medium. He believed art was about movement and often listened to Jazz Music as he created. Here are Jackson Pollock's thoughts about his art:

"On the floor I am more at ease, I feel closer to the painting"

"I find myself getting further away from the usual painters tools, I find myself drawn more to sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid such as paint, or heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign objects."

"When I am in my painting, I am not aware of what I am doing. It is only when I loose contact with a painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take and the painting comes out well too."

We will continue with our Pollock inspired projects next week so be sure to dress in clothing that can and will get a little paint on them for an added touch!

Culinary Arts

Did you know that every once in awhile it is fun to be creative with food? This week we became food artists as we used many different types of fruits and vegetables to create interesting food art. Some of us used the plates to make silly faces and some of us stepped outside of the box and made more abstract food art! Either way the result was one of a kind, just like each one of us.

Music Appreciation with Keven Aland

Our visit with Keven Aland has built up much excitement over the past few weeks and we were not dissappointed. Students looked in awe as they listened to him play the violin. Many students shared their interests in taking lessons to play piano, guitar, or violin after listening to Mr. Keven's story of his trip to the opera as a young child lead to his desire to play!

Other Happenings

Sometimes we wonder how we fit so much into our curriculum and the daily program. Students are exposed to so many unique and enlightening experiences each day. We are proud to offer such a dynamic and diverse program to our students.

In learning labs this week students worked in the writing workshop using chalkboards, chalk, and water to write or sketch. We are building our fine motor and literacy skills. Students also began a black and white art project featuring a self portrait for the upcoming Art Gallery Showcase. Many students participated in using a variety of natural materials to make Mandalas working on pattern and design. Sensory materials are always available for our students to gain fine motor, supply sensory output, and work on science concepts for students. We enjoyed playing musical instruments in our World Music Workshop and followed up with our outdoor xylophone, drums, rainsticks and music wall! We are natural musicians!

Welcome to our Family

Welcome new students Sebastian and Rowen!