PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Art Room, week of 9/28/16

Eighth grade Fine Arts Elective students have finished drawing a still life of pears, paying particular attention to the gray scale, and value ranges. They have moved on to draw shells from observation, creating a cropped image, using view finders. Others have progressed to painting a fruit still life in acrylics. We are quite busy, as we’re putting together portfolios for entrance to arts-focused high schools in mid-October.

Seventh grade Fine Arts Elective students have been studying and sketching their hands paying particular attention to value and the gray scale. They have now embarked on drawing both hands holding a ribbon, with a focus on highlights and shadows.

Regular eighth grade and seventh grade art students continue to work on their one point perspective building drawings.

Sixth grade completed their Onomatopoeia words in the style of Roy Lichtenstein, and they look great!

Fifth grade continues to work on their graphite self portraits after having looked at Albrecht Durer’s intensely detailed self portraits.

Fourth grade will finish up their cubism self portraits in oil pastel.

Third grade finished their Op art (short for optical illusion) hands.

Second grade had an exciting time painting the patterned backgrounds of their self portraits today, remembering to wash and wipe their brushes thoroughly in between colors. We’re using lots of colors, just like Vincent van Gogh did.

First grade will continue to draw their self portraits in oil pastel.

Kindergarten learned about the Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky, and how colors and abstract painting can make you feel different emotions. We looked at several of his paintings, but pretty much everyone agreed that “Squares with Concentric Circles” (1913) made everyone feel happy! We learned that concentric means circle within a circle, sharing the same center. Students drew many concentric circles in 6 squares, making some thick and some thin. Next week we get to see how oil pastel resists watercolor in between our circles.