Remote Art in Action
Ms. Belifore: Art Teacher Extraordinaire
Art & Remote Learning
Art is the expression and application of creative skill and imagination. At Icahn 4, we are lucky to have an art program, allowing our students to explore various reproductions, gaining an enriched art education, while increasing their knowledge and ability to express through art. Although we are remote learning, our students are still able to observe art reproductions, have discussions, learn techniques, and most of all, create. Here you can view the amazing work of our Icahn 4 artists!
Totem poles are tall, carved posts that were created by American Indians. The carved and painted faces on a pole represented the animals or birds. The designs were carved to represent human and animal faces rather than to look exactly like them. Students learned about totem poles and created their own!
Looking at and Talking About Works of Art
Elements of Art: Shape
Elements of Art: Texture
Abstract, Realistic, and Semi Abstract Art
Abstract Art: Wassily Kandinsky
Marc Chagall, I and the Village (1911)
Elements of Art: Space
In this lesson, students analyzed an African mask and learn about the use of masks from various time periods and cultures, learned how masks are carved from wood, identified curving/angular lines, natural colors, geometric shapes repeated in patterns, and rough/smooth textures, and described geometric patterns found in nature and in the decoration of the Banda mask. After students sketched faces in proportion and created paper sculptures of symmetrical masks, using lines and patterns inspired by African masks.
Art of China
The Artist's Hand
In this lesson, students analyzed Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam using the elements of art, identified how an image is made realistic through the use of details, highlights, and shadow through learning about Renaissance art and fresco painting. After, students drew life-size copies of their own hands, adding details and shading.
In this lesson, students studied Baroque art by noting the dramatic use of light and shade, turbulent compositions, and vivid emotional expression in El Greco’s landscape View of Toledo. They analyzed the mood created by color and line, and described how El Greco showed the illusion of distance, using the relative size and placement of objects in the foreground, middle ground, and background. After, students wrote their own story as if they were in the painting. Then, they sketched landscapes and used color expressively to show mood.
In this lesson, students analyzed Picasso’s Weeping Woman and his use of abstract and Cubist styles, discussed the way Picasso used color contrasts as emphasis in this portrait and learned about Picasso’s use of color, shape, line, and form to show emotion. After, they drew a profile and frontal face in proportion and colored their Cubist portraits in original compositions.
In this lesson, students examined representative artists such as Auguste Rodin, Constantine Brancusi, and Alexander Calder, discussing the qualities that make a sculpture 3-D, describing the texture of the surface of the figure, and identified scale and proportions in the figure. After, students created their own sculptures by choosing to use recycled materials, found materials, Papier-Mache, or clay.