Early Childhood began the Montessori Bells curriculum with our artist-in-residence Kari. The Montessori Bells help students distinguish between different levels of pitch, tone, and volume. The students will broaden their music experience throughout the year.
Upper Elementary artists started the year off by learning about Zentangles/Zendoodling. I like to call it Art Yoga. Students will spend the first 15 minutes of every class quietly doodling whatever inspires them. This is a great exercise for quieting their minds and helping them focus from within to get the creative juices flowing.
As Upper Elementary artists learn about the Timeline of Civilization in class, they are also learning about the Timeline of Art. They started by learning about Ancient Egyptian art and the making of papyrus. The students created their own version of papyrus. They then researched ancient Egyptian art and created a drawing on their papyrus influenced by their research.
Middle School's primary focus this year is on the fundamentals of drawing. Drawing is a fundamental tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. Learning to draw is primarily about the discipline of close observation and learning to see. To that end, our students are making many “blind contour” drawings of various objects as well as drawings from the still life.
After School Artists learned about the dutch artist Peter Diem. They created paintings of an animal of their choice inspired by his paintings.