Monday, September 24, 2018

September Artist of the Month: Piet Mondrian!

The ELEMENTS OF ART / Artist: Mondrian / Line and Color


Students were introduced to the "Composition" work of Dutch Artist, Piet Mondrian, of the "De Stijl" movement: This style, also known as "neo-plasticism" is defined by perpendicular horizontal and vertical black lines, and primary colors blue, red, and yellow (in addition to black and white).

• K-2 used crayons to create their "Composition" of primary colors and black.
• 3-8 used colored papers to create their thoughtful creation of balance using black, white and primary colors: Red, Yellow Blue, understanding negative space(s) and their role in "Composition".

All students watched our interactive "Composition Creator" and some tried it out via ChromeCast. Perhaps visit the link with them and they can share their experience in creating their own "Composition".

I will post some photos soon, of some of the creations.


Composition C, 1935 by Piet Mondrian

Monday, September 17, 2018

International Dot Day!




This Monday, all classes watched "The Dot", a short video of the book by Peter H. Reynolds. In this book, one little dot marks the beginning of the student's [Vashti's] journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of this delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.

All classes explored color and it's interactive changes by simply using markers, water, and, yes, a coffee filter! The results were amazing, in creating our own "dots", using simple tools and gifted minds.

This project revealed the interaction using only primary colors, which created secondary colors. Symmetry and value came in to play, that THEY discovered.

Another collaborative project that we will soon display.

Next week, onto this month's Artist, Mondrian, where Line and Color (a couple of our Elements of Art) will be utilized.

Jared, 7th


Supplies:
The Art Supplies List/Bin was omitted from this year's "School Supply List". Our students will now come into Art Class and be provided all supplies! In that respect, we are asking each family to send in $10.00 (per each student in your family), so that the Art Department can maintain these supplies for personal and collaborative works. Please remit this by cash or, if by check, made out to "St. Therese School" noting "ART" in the memo field. Enclose in an envelope marked: ART PROGRAM / Ms. HOPKINS. THANK YOU!




Monday, September 10, 2018

Great First Art Class Today!

We introduced ourselves, went over rules, talked about some of the ELEMENTS of ART, relative to the first K-8 collaborative work that we embarked on, today. They can talk about the Index Card project more, with you.

A Note on Supplies:
The Art Supplies List/Bin was omitted from this year's "School Supply List". Our students will now come into Art Class and be provided all supplies! In that respect, we are asking each family to send in $10.00 (per each student in your family), so that the Art Department can maintain these supplies for personal and collaborative works. Please remit this by cash or, if by check, made out to "St. Therese School" noting "ART" in the memo field. Enclose in an envelope marked: ART PROGRAM / Ms. HOPKINS. Please remit by 09/14/18. THANK YOU!

* I did mention to students, who did come in with an “Art Bin” that they can take it home for their own use at this time, keeping any of its supplies that may have been on your grade-level lists at school, which will be conveyed by their homeroom teacher. I have my own Art Bin! It's a great thing to maintain! I find it better to have the kids come in empty-handed and be prepared to share the supplies, maintain the supplies. It is their ART room. A HUGE thank you to some of the 6th grade students (last class today) that organized the supply boxes we ALL used today! I will replenish supplies, purchase other items for our grade/school collaborations, which I plan to incorporate, as we started today. 

* Some students borrowed supplies, took the unfinished project and worksheet home (NOT ALL GRADES/STUDENTS received a drawing challenge worksheet). They should finish their "index card" and submit next Monday. If they have a worksheet to complete, they should bring that as well.

I will always support the borrowing of supplies, as it helps the children maximize their creativity. This will change if it does become a problem, but I think that those that "borrowed" were excited at the opportunity. Let's see where that goes. Please return borrowed supplies and completed projects at next class, Monday, 09/17.   

Looking forward to NEXT Monday and a fantastic, fun, CREATIVE YEAR! We have such a great, collective group of students. I am thankful to be blessed with sharing ART with our STS children.

~Ms. Hopkins

Saturday, September 8, 2018

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX


So excited for our First STS Art Class this coming Monday!

Our day will be comprised of: 
• Discussing and creating the Class Rules, together.
• Brainstorming on what we/our students are interested in creating this year.
• Talking about our hallway Bulletin Board and our upcoming "collaborative work".
• The Elements of Art discussion.
• Begin a Collaborative Work. (Time permitting.)

Monthly Adventures:
• The first Monday Class: devoted to collaborative, creative creations.
• The last Monday Class: a reserved time slot for students to share their own creations, executed at home that month. Not mandatory, just a way to share absolutely anything they have created on their own time.
• Classes in between will focus on independent and guided works, in line with our curriculum.

Supplies:
The Art Supplies List/Bin was omitted from this year's "School Supply List". Our students will now come into Art Class and be provided all supplies! In that respect, we are asking each family to send in $10.00 (per each student in your family), so that the Art Department can maintain these supplies for personal and collaborative works. Please remit this by cash or, if by check, made out to "St. Therese School" noting "ART" in the memo field. Enclose in an envelope marked: ART PROGRAM / Ms. HOPKINS. Please remit by 09/14/18. THANK YOU!

Looking forward to Monday and a fantastic, fun, CREATIVE YEAR!

~Ms. Hopkins

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Welcome to Art Class at STS!


I hope everyone is enjoying the rest of the Summer. Get ready for a FUN year as we explore a new artist and style every month and create collaborative classwork for our Spring Art Show!

Look for an update in the coming weeks about supplies that we will need and a list of the monthly adventures!

See you in September!
~ Ms. Hopkins ~