Students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and Ms. Mary's STEP class are studying line this fall. Using folded paper, paint, and marker, they are exploring how lines can be straight, they can curve, and they can bend & zigzag. For Kindergarten and STEP, our line study connects to their work with letter formation in their classrooms.
It's a favorite time of the year for many students at IAA: the Square One Art fundraiser is here! Below are some examples of how students in grades K-5 chose to fill their square. The project is a wonderful opportunity to see what students will draw when given very few constraints. How would you fill your square?
Below are 3 school wide projects from our first month of school, each focused on a different social emotional skill.
Welcome back to IAA! We're kicking off another artful year with a few art installations about being respectful in school. 2nd grade and STEP students practiced being respectful of their own learning by keeping their bodies in control (see dot paintings above and below). Each student worked to keep his/her paintbrush still for these careful paintings. Also pictured below, students in grades 1-5 demonstrated respect for others in the making of the grid installation. Each student designed a square and then asked politely to trade papers with another student at his/her table, resulting in a school wide collaboration. Click to enlarge the images.
First grade artists studied artist Elizabeth Murray this spring, exploring the line between 2D and 3D art. To prepare for their sculptural paintings, students watched Art21 videos of Murray at work on her large scale paintings. They watched attentively as Murray explains how she "gloms shapes together," paint layer upon layer, and moves shapes around until it feels right. Murray built dynamic, lively, cartoony shapes that jut into the viewer's space. First grade students emulated her process in the works below. Click to enlarge:
Inspired by the Oaxacan painted animals in the story Dreamcarver, 1st grade students sanded down sticks and painted them with intricate designs.
Coincidentally there is an artist, Andrea Lilienthal, displaying her work in Stowe right now, and her art is much like the work our first grade artists have made! Hats off for being cutting edge, 1st graders! Click for the Article in Seven Days.
Stop by City Hall this month to see IAA artwork on display! Two students from each class have been selected to share their artwork in the annual City Hall Elementary Art Show. These students will be honored in an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 19th. Their work represents the creative thinking that ALL of our students have been doing this year. Go check it out! On display through March 28th. Click below to view larger images.
Students in grades K, 2, 5, and one 1st grade class are in the midst of a printmaking unit. They are making collagraph prints from collages. Kindergarten and 1st grade students found there inspiration in mandala designs, students in grade 2 focused on making an image out of geometric shapes, and 5th grade students created images out of both geometric and organic shapes.
First grade students learned about mixing primary colors to create the three secondary colors (orange, purple, and green). Each student mixed his/her own secondary colors and painted local newspapers to create collage materials to share with their classmates. The next week we looked at Romare Bearden's neighborhood collages and photos of colorful houses in Burlington's Old North End. The images inspired their final neighborhood collages. Click for larger images of these snowy scenes.
An example of one of Romare Bearden's neighborhood collages, The Block:
Kindergarten Still Lifes, below. Students practiced careful looking, painting inside the lines they drew, and creating a foreground and background. Click to view full images.
1st grade students in Ms. Alice's class used chalk pastel to create their still lifes. Click to view full images:
Students in 1st grade studied the artist Helen Frankenthaler last month, focusing on her experimentation with materials and her use of shapes to fill a space. We also learned about how artists sometimes use symmetry to make their pictures feel balanced.
Ada Leaphart, Visual Art Teacher at the Integrated Arts Academy