PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Art Room Update, week of 3/5/18

Kindergarten continues to work on their multi-media collages, utilizing warm and cool colors, and symmetrical cut outs. First grade has embarked upon their ice cream unit by looking at the work of Claes Oldenberg and Wayne Thiebaud. The students created tints, painting their ice cream poster background with those tints, as well as their ice cream scoops. Second grade drew and painted oil pastel and watercolor resist patterns which will be cut up and woven in order on a paper loom, and finished with a silhouette. Third grade continued working on their semi-submerged hippos, based upon the artist Michelle Mikecz’s work. Fourth grade finished their beautiful coiled baskets and had
an “Artist’s reflection” period. Students shared what was easiest about the project, most challenging, what they would improve, and what they were proud of. Fifth grade is learning about one point perspective, having looked at Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” (1495-1498), and identifying the vanishing point. They are drawing their names in one point perspective, establishing the horizon line, vanishing point, and rendering orthogonal lines. Sixth grade looked at the Egyptian mummification process, and the removal of liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines into Canopic jars. The students will choose their own “spirit animal,” and create a Canopic jar out of recycled materials, paper maché and clay. Seventh grade looked at the photographer Joel Sartore’s work on endangered animals in the book “Photo Ark.” Each student did research, chose one to draw, and then translated their drawing onto scratchboard. They are listing the species, their habitat, and how many remain in the wild.

Eight grade learned about Native American dream catchers and have each created their own.