Friday, October 26, 2012

Like Monet "En Plein Air"

Wednesday and Thursday were two beautiful fall days! The 5th graders just started learning about Claude Monet.  I absolutely loved bringing the kids outside to paint En plein air.  That is a French expression which means "in the open air".  It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors like the Impressionist Monet. We wanted to capture the effects of light and color.  The 5th grade artists loved working outside and made many new discoveries. For example, one of the discoveries was that the trunks of the trees are not just brown.  You could actually see a little buttery yellow from the warm sun and bits of blue or violet and green in the cool shadows.  For some reason squinting your eyes can help you see these subtle colors.  I hope that they are inspired to continue to draw and paint what they see in their free time at home.
Zetta also enjoyed drawing what she saw outdoors..
and as you can see she was very pleased with it all! :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Walls of Fame Artist Reception

Park Elementary's "Walls of Fame" artist reception was a well-attended and fun event for all involved.  Walls of Fame art is on display in the rooms of the office, library and hallways of the school for all to enjoy.  Students with selected artwork were invited to a special after school reception in the school library where refreshments and doughnut holes were provided.  It was a standing-room-only event! 

Students were recognized for their selection with a certificate of achievement and sincere congratulations from our principal Mr. Field and myself.  After the ceremony for the students, families were encouraged to walk the halls and view the student work.  Many families enjoyed this opportunity to see other students’ artwork as well as snap photos of their own artist and their masterpiece.  The Hudsonville community is a strong supporter of the arts and the Park Elementary Walls of Fame artist reception is another example of that tradition in the arts. Thank you for all of your support of our young artists!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Welcome to Our Art Class Blog!

Thank you for a great start to the year!  I will use this blog to share with you what is going on in the art classroom, art events and art related topics. You can request to receive an email whenever I add a new post to this blog by "following" me.  In the email there will be a link to the new post so you can more easily stay updated with the happenings in the art room.  I encourage you to leave comments and I look forward to hearing from you as well.  I'm really excited to offer this new approach to communication!