Grade 5 has been studying the work of the impressionists and how artists like Monet bravely rejected traditional means of painting in favor of more expressive brushwork and "en plein air" painting, creating a direct response to the subject in its environment. Our work focused on how we can creating "unity and harmony" in an artwork with brushstrokes and composition.
I just love these expressive texture paintings created by grade 1 students. Students were able to create actual and implied texture using rubbing plates, tissue paper and collage. They are also starting to be able to point out specific elements of art and see how artists use these to create works.
Grade 1 is especially focused on texture this inquiry, that is, how we can make thing look like they feel and how artists are inspired by textures in nature. Students enjoyed making prints from real leaves and using textured sponges to apply warm colors on black paper.
Grade 4 students got a chance to visit a local printmaking shop where they learned about the art of letterpress and the history of printmaking in China. Students were able to make their own prints using woodblock techniques and even got to try out the old beautiful print presses.
Grade 2 is working on perceiving line, shape and color in the environment and representing those elements of art in a still life painting. Our painting is inspired by Matisse, one of Grade 2's favorite artists.