Friday, October 13, 2017

Pop Art Printmaking: Making Our Printing Plates

4th grade artists started off the year by learning about the Pop Art movement, which began in the 1950's. Artists focused on objects and scenes from everyday life and popular culture, borrowing techniques from commercial art and popular illustration, like comics and cartoons. 
Andy Warhol, Green Coca-Cola Bottles (1962)
We looked at a few examples of screen prints made by Andy Warhol, who made multiple prints of his artwork. A lot of his art featured commercial products that were mass produced, so he chose to mass produce his artwork, as well. After sharing our observations, we discussed what popular culture means to us today. 
Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign Series (1982)
Each class made a list on the whiteboard, which included things like sports teams, music, video games, social media and fashion. Then students brainstormed at least four ideas for a print, featuring pop culture imagery that is important or meaningful to them. 
Students were also given reference images for inspiration, with sports team logos, emojis and cartoon characters, among other things. Fidget spinners were a popular idea this year! Each student selected one of their four ideas to make into a print that would be repeated multiple times. 
After placing their chosen drawing on top of a piece of styrofoam, students traced over their drawing with a wooden stylus. Then they removed the paper and went over their drawing again, to make the lines deeper. 
The final step was to go over their lines one more time with a blunt or dull pencil, to make their lines a little wider. Then students cut out their design from the styrofoam. We will now be printing with them, so stay tuned to see our prints!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Collaborative Line & Color Paintings

1st grade artists started the year by reviewing our different kinds of lines with the book Lines That Wiggle. Working collaboratively as a group at each table, students painted a variety of different lines on a large paper. We thought about how they might overlap and connect. 
For the second day of art class this school year, students remembered a lot about lines, as well as some of our painting clean up procedures! Students worked together to set up and clean up their materials.
Next class, students received their collaborative line paintings back. We noticed how the lines interacted with each other to create shapes and spaces. We painted these areas with tempera paint, remembering to wash out our brush between colors and make sure to get enough paint in our brush. 
Students moved around their table to reach all the areas of their large line painting, and worked together to decide when it was done and ready for the drying rack. Check out some of our collaborative line paintings below:
Emily, Rishi, Mohammad & Maya (Landay)
Nirvaan & Sarah (Mandile)
Hannah, Mohan & Teddy (Massa)
Naysa, Graham, Violet, Matthew (Massa)
Kaylin & Arlo (McCarthy)
Lucas & Avneet (McIsaac)
Lil & Zoie (Salvucci)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Arts Around the World

This year, 2nd grade artists will be traveling around the world in their art and music classes! Ms. Patashnick and I are collaborating on an integrated curriculum focusing on art and music from Mexico, South Africa, France, South Korea and New Zealand. In art class, we will be learning about the culture, art forms, techniques and artists from those countries. In music class, students will be learning songs, culture, musical traditions and about musicians from those same countries, as well. 
To start off the year, students previewed artwork from each country. Each group of students received images of artwork from a different country. They began by sharing what they noticed about the artwork with each other, and made predictions about what materials were used and why the artists might have made these artworks. Students also considered whether the artwork had a function of some kind and shared information they already knew about that country. For example, some students at the New Zealand table noticed that the designs reminded them of the movie, Moana.
We are starting with Mexico this month, so check back to find out what we are learning about! In May, students will demonstrate what they have learned and created throughout the year at a culminating art and music showcase for their families and members of the Hosmer community. Feel free to ask your students about their artistic and musical travels throughout the year!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Line Challenge Resist Paintings

Kindergarten artists started off the year by exploring line! Lines are a traveling mark, created when a dot goes for a walk. They help define the edges of shapes and space, and we can see them all around us! We learned about the names of different lines, including straight, wavy, zig-zag, curly, dotted and spiral. We also created some of our own, including a "circle line," "bumpy line" and "castle line"! 
Using oil pastels, students drew a variety of different lines in their "line challenge" drawings, making them go all the way across their paper. They drew lines that we had learned about, like straight and zig-zag lines, and invented new lines from their imagination. They also tried combining different lines together. 
Next class, we explored what happens when we add paint on top of our oil pastel lines. We watched a demonstration of paint on top of oil pastel and noticed that we could still see the oil pastel lines through the paint -- as one student said, it worked like magic! We learned that this is because the oil pastel and paint are made of different materials so instead of mixing together, they move away from each other. This is called resist! 
Students painted on top of their oil pastel lines, working on washing out their brush between colors and trying to cover the entire paper with paint. It was fun to see resist in action, and watch our lines magically show up through the paint! It was especially fun with the lines we made using white oil pastel. Below are examples of our artwork, some of which are on display on the bulletin board in the connector hallway!
Eila, Kindergarten (Segreve)
Blake, Kindergarten (Beatty)
Kaleb, Kindergarten (Tan)
David, Kindergarten (Blackwood)
Kate, Kindergarten (Martignetti)
Matthew S., Kindergarten (Blackwood)
Naadufie, Kindergarten (Bolton)
Nathan, Kindergarten (Blackwood)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Our Rainbow Tree

To start off the school year, students in first through fifth grades traced the outline of their hand and designed it using a monochromatic color scheme -- using one color family. We started with pencil, choosing either an abstract design made up of lines and shapes, or a theme like sports, outer space, the ocean, etc.
Then students outlined their design with Sharpie marker and used markers, colored pencils and crayons in their color family. We thought about using different materials and shades within that color family to emphasize different parts of our design. The last step was to cut out the hand design.
All the hands are part of our rainbow tree display downstairs in the lobby of Hosmer. Collaboratively they form the rainbow leaves of our tree as we grow together this year!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome back Hosmer artists and families! I am excited to start off the 2017-18 school year! To start off the year, we reviewed expectations in the art room and where things are located through a Bingo game or an I Spy game. 
We also started working on a large collaborative artwork, which will be on display in the main lobby later this month! Here is a hint:
Kindergarteners have been coming to their first class in the art room this past week! During our first class we have been taking about how participate on the rug, taking an art room tour, and drawing a picture of you and your family.
I hope everyone a fun and relaxing summer! I experienced a lot of art this summer, so I thought I would share some of that here. I visited a few different museums this summer, including the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art PS1 in New York City. I also experienced the Anish Kapoor installation piece, "Descension," in Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City, as well as painted sharks on display in Chatham, Cape Cod. I also finally visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge! Below are some photos of what I saw. I would love to know if you went to any museums or experienced art this summer:
Anish Kapoor's installation "Descension" at Brooklyn Bridge Park
An exhibit of Alexander Calder's sculptures and mobiles at the Whitney Museum
One of Calder's mobiles getting set in motion
Glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Henri Matisse's paintings on display with the objects he painted
"Lumen" by Jenny Sabin Studio at MoMA PS 1 in Queens
Painted sharks in front of the Chatham Library in Cape Cod

Friday, June 23, 2017

Have a Great Summer!

Thank you, Hosmer students and families, for a fun, creative and artistic year! I am looking forward to making more art with you in September! A big congrats to all of our 5th graders as they move on to middle school -- I will miss you!

Have a fantastic summer and feel free to email me with updates: