Last month were very lucky to have not one, but two author/illustrators work with our students from kindergarten through grade five. Husband and wife team, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page shared their story about how they started to make children’s books at assemblies in the theatre.
Following that they had the opportunity to work with the students in the art studios. They shared their collage techniques. Then the kids had the opportunity to create their own collages. Each grade level had a different theme. Grade five students invented their own animals with strange adaptations that would allow them to survive on another planet. Grade four students illustrated the drama between predators and prey, focusing on animals that are native to Singapore. Grade three students learned about critical habitats and how the loss of habitats endanger some very vulnerable animals.
We learned a lot. We were inspired. We had fun.
Artist Eric Waugh, unveiled a 2,500 square foot portrait of John Lennon in New York’s Central Park on International Peace Day. Inspired by this gigantic work of art, I asked my grade four students to paint a portrait of someone they believed has made the world a better place. It was interesting to see who made the list. I have to admit there were a few names that surprised me, and a few names I didn’t recognize. Check out just a few of the portraits in the video below.
After exploring the lines and characters that Keith Haring frequently used, grade three students made prints inspired by the famous Pop Artist. Students created their draft on paper and then transferred their designs on to a Styrofoam printing plate. After the initial print was made students picked one object on their print that the wanted to stand out by printing it with black ink. Take a look at the prints Ms Wilcox and Ms Hooykaas’ classes created. Below that video is the video explaining how we created the prints.
This week students from over 21 classes have participated in The Great Art Quest. Many have found all 6 of the works that have been hidden around the school. Lots of people were able to identify 5 of the works. There is one work that has been found but no one has correctly identified it.
Here is a tiny little detail from the work.
Be sure to look for three more hidden works of art next week.
At the top of the score board are the following classes.
Grade 3 – Mr. Gray’s Class with 105 points
Grade 4 – Ms. Redlin’s Class with 191 points
Grade 5 – Ms Kim’s Class with 164 points.
Click the link below to see where your class stands in the rankings.
Great Art Quest Graph – Week 2
Thank you to all of the parents who stopped by Studio C100 last night. It was so nice to meet the parents of so many of my amazing students. I have posted some of the instructional videos I shared last night on the Project Demo Page.
One of the things I am most excited about is The Great Art Quest. Students have been searching the school looking for the hidden artworks. With each picture there is a QR code that links to a Google Form that they need to fill out to win points for their class.
1 point for find the work.
2 points for identifying the artist
2 points for identifying the work.
The response has been amazing. It is so great hearing kids talking about art during their recess. Students are constantly running up and telling me that they have “found the Van Gogh” or “I scanned Mona Lisa.” I will post the points each before Monday morning each week.
I hope everyone had a great summer. The elementary art department has lots of great things in store for this year. We are looking forward to seeing all our students back in class next week. Here is a list of the teachers whose classes will have art here in Studio C100.
Mr. C Smith
Ms Van Gasse
It has been so fun to look back over a year filled with fun, creativity and learning. Take a look at what the young artists in Studio C100 will remember.
Please join us for this year’s celebration of elementary school art. You are welcome to visit the exhibition anytime during the week of May 16th-20th. Parents you are invited to join your child during their art class so you can visit the show together.
Here are the dates and times.
9:20 am Ms Sedro’s Class
10:10 am Mrs. T. Smith’s Class
11:00 am Ms Hooykaas’s Class
12:35 pm Ms Wilcox’s Class
9:20 am Ms Kim’s Class
10:10 am Ms Guettler’s Class
11:00 am Ms Rigg Anderson’s Class
12:35 pm Mr. C. Smith’s Class
1:25 pm Ms Baildon’s Class
2:15 pm Mr. Davidson’s Class
9:20 am Ms Meredith’s Class
10:10 am Ms Curnett’s Class
11:00 am Ms Bailey’s Class
1:25 pm Ms Brinton’s Class
Hope to see you there.
I can’t believe that we are about to head out on spring break. Studio C100 has been a very busy place during this last quarter. All of my classes have created ceramic pieces that are part of our latest art instillation. We are creating 60 sculpture poles in honour of our school’s 60th birthday.
The first one was installed this week.
We have lots of exciting things coming up in our fourth quarter, including a visit of illustrator Carin Berger. She will be working with all of the K-5 students, giving them a peak into the life of a working artist and helping them to make their own unique creations.
We are lucky enough to be able to have an interactive light drawing instillation May 9th to 12, that all of the students will be able to interact with. The photos created from this unique experience will be exhibited at our annual art exhibition, May 16th to 20th. We will be sending more information home to you, closer to the actual dates.
Enjoy your March break!
Once again my students were lucky enough to have artist Chelsea Fairclough join us in class during high school interim week. Chelsea was my student way back when she was in grade four and five. Hard to believe she is a high school senior already. Chelsea has been quadriplegic since grade four. That has not stopped her from being an artist. Her unique ‘wheelie art’ has her dancing across the canvas in her chair, inspired by her favourite songs. She shared her technique and inspiration with my grade three to five students. It was great fun and truly inspiring. Check out just a few highlights from the week in the video below.