It is always so exciting to start a new school year, and we are off to a busy start in our art classes.
Reading the Primrose Press each month will help you to know about the many things we are learning throughout the year.
What do you think the artist Paul Klee meant when he said “Drawing a line is like taking a dot for a walk.”? Our kindergarteners know! They are also learning about shape as they cut and arrange shapes to create a creature. We are looking at Miro’s painting, People and Dog with Sun, as a wonderful example of the creative use of shape.
First graders are learning about non-objective art- art that has no identifiable objects in it. The Russian artist, Kandinsky, is known to have painted the first non-objective paintings about 100 years ago. He was an artist and a musician, and he claimed that when he heard music he saw color! Like Kandinsky, our non-objective paintings will explore the use of line and color, two of the elements of art.
Art Nouveau is a style of art that uses curving lines to create decorative patterns. The famous artist, Gustav Klimt, made beautiful works of art in this style. Second graders studied his mosaic, The Tree of Life. This work is a feast for the eyes! We are making magical Art Nouveau trees of our own, which we will embellish with the use of metallic markers, sequins and foil paper.
Third graders are learning about gesture drawing, a drawing that depicts the figure in action. We’re also focusing on proportion in these drawings. Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of proportion (they are hundreds of years old!) will guide us.