Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Webster Kindergarten Center

Art class is a place of discovery and learning at the Webster Kindergarten Center.  All students are developing experience with watercolor painting techniques, gluing techniques, drawing techniques, cutting techniques and more!  These students are using watercolors for the first time - it's so exciting!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mo's Gallery

Jack and Ty Peterson found their art at Mo's Gallery, have you?  The exhibit is at the Delta Plaza now until May 29th.  Don't miss it!

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Visit to the Bonifas

Webster 2nd graders had the amazing opportunity to visit the Bonifas Arts Center and view the Manoogian Exhibit.  They learned gallery etiquette, they learned about realism and impressionism, and they noticed painting details that can only be experienced from a first-hand visit to a gallery or museum.  This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see world-class art in our own town.  This field trip was made possible by the Webster PTO, who paid for our transportation.  I 'd also like to thank the Webster teachers and support staff who had to rearrange lunches and schedules to make it happen.  Lastly, I'd like to thank Mr. LeClaire who came with us and helped get the final details in place.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Youth In Art 2018

Congratulations to all!  The Youth in Art exhibit at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center is breathtaking.  I was lucky enough to spot some extremely talented students at last Thursday's award ceremony, and they let me take their pictures.  I am humbled by the hard work and effort these amazing kids put into their creations.  If you haven't seen the exhibit yet, it will be on display until the end of March.  It is worth checking out!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Paper Strip Sculptures

First graders learned that sculptures are 3-dimensional and will not go home in their folders because they are not flat!  Sculptures can be big, like the Statue of Liberty, or they can be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  They can be made out of glass, metal, stone, ice, paper, wood, clay, or found objects.
Students learned how to cut, fold, bend, and glue paper to make it into sculptures.  They attached the paper to a cardboard base.  Students imagined roller coasters, slides, forts, and all kinds of creative places as they sculpted.

"I learned that scraps can be beautiful," -Owen
I learned how to make sculptures out of paper - even at home!" -Blake

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jim Dine's "LOVE"

We completed this project in two phases: Phase 1 - designing a foam printing plate and printing four successful prints; Phase 2 - studying Jim Dine's art and assembling a project inspired by his art.
We talked about why art is printed.  It can be more graphic, it's reproducible, it's fun!  Students drew with a ball point pen on a foam sheet.  They did not include words or numbers, as they would appear backward when printed.  I encouraged them to stick with patterns, lines, and shapes and to avoid pictures because these printed papers would be used on a project the next week.  Students chose both paper color and ink color thoughtfully.  Printing blue ink on blue paper wouldn't work out, for example.

The next art class we looked at art from Jim Dine.  His pop art has been on Christmas cards and on postage stamps.   His iconic LOVE image has been turned into huge sculptures that are on display in several cities in the United States and around the world.  We discussed how art can be found everywhere and anywhere!  There is art on your shirt, in parks, on buildings...
Students then cut out large letters and a heart to glue on top of their prints to create their own Jim Dine-inspired LOVE art.