December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

... To those of you who celebrate. I hope you are all enjoying your break!

December 12, 2011

Color Study Paintings

The Painting students just started the course two weeks ago.   Before starting any big projects on stretched canvases, I wanted them to have a firm understanding of color mixing.  For this project, the students used geometric designs to explore variations of one color.  We talked about:
Analogous Colors: Colors next to one another
Tints: Adding white
Shades: Adding Black
Complementary Colors: Colors opposite one another on the color wheel.  They can be used next to one another to add contrast or mixed together to create dulled colors.


Alex's Analogous Art

Abstract Acrylic Paintings

December 09, 2011

Alla Prima Fruits

Today in Painting, we looked at the works of some impressionist painters of the 19th century. Impressionists were interested in variations of light and colors. Today we created an alla prima painting (all at once) in 20-30 min. Aren't they beautiful?

December 03, 2011

The MFA & Science Museum

This Tuesday, Grade Six and Grade Seven went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to check out the Ancient Egyptian exhibit.  In Humanities as well as art, the Grade 6 students are learning about ancient Egyptian culture and art.  

 This museum trip concluded their cartouche project; they were able to see how the cartouche symbol was used in ancient hieroglyphs to depict rulers' names.
 This is the head of the mummy of Djehutynakht.  His mummy was robbed from his tomb and his head was left behind.
 What the grave robbers didn't realize was that all these artifacts left behind were really just as valuable if not more.  These figurines were all left in the tomb and meant to accompany the king to the afterlife; the are a big glimpse into what life was like back then.
 The Egyptians believed in magic.  If you look at these four figurines from the front or the back, they are perfectly lined up and appear to be one person!
 This jewelry was gorgeous.  The bracelet at the top had little tiny gold figurines and the necklace at the bottom was created from little tiny faience glazed ceramic beads.

 Just as we love our pets, so did the Ancient Egyptians... here lies (or rather, stands) a puppy and a kitten mummy.
 This photo is deceiving.  These are tiny amulets the Egyptians wore around their neck.  The biggest one was 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall.  They were made from clay, stone and even precious gold.  There was a little tiny pharaoh amulet, about 1/2 inch tall every single one of us wanted to take home and wear.

 And then we explored the rest of the museum with an hour we had left... we didn't get to see a fraction of the collection.  We only saw a little of the European paintings and the contemporary exhibit.
 There was some posing...
 Some elegance with glaze painting...

 Some Monets
 Some beautiful, textured Van Goghs

 And one of my favorites, Chuck Close.  Chuck Close was a hyper realist painter until a blood clot rendered him paralyzed.  He now paints these loose, colorful orbs with the help of a canvas hoist and rotator.  The man is an absolute artistic genius.

After the Art Museum, we moved on to the Pompeii Exhibit at the Science Museum.  What I did not know and just found out, is that these are not the actual ruins of animals and people.  When Pompeii was hit by Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the town city was dusted with ash, then burned with molten ash and finally covered with more ash until it was gone.  When the city was being excavated, there were hallow areas in the volcanic rock.  The archaeologists poured plaster into the hallow areas, broke away the rock and the corpses are what remained.  Because the ash was so hot and then the bodies decayed over time, the bodies disappeared leaving only a hallow cavity in the rock.

 These are little figurines found in the graves of people who died previously to the eruption of Vesuvius.