Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My ridiculously late post about our December artwork :/

Please forgive my tardiness in updating this blog! The end of 2017 was more hectic than usual and many of the things I regularly enjoy got placed on the back burner, but I am feeling much more organized in 2018, both physically and mentally! :) If you follow me on Instagram (@smartestartists) you might feel a bit more up-to-date.
We did a lot of fun things back in December - my youngest students enjoyed the hilarious book You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley. We drew outrageous party hat designs in K-1 and second graders made theirs into collages

Third thru fifth grades spent some time thinking like designers with our Winter Wear Designs - we sketched ideas for things you wear in the winter, and drew a collection of pieces that showed unity through color or pattern.



During our final week before break, the art room was transformed into a "Gingerbread Factory" and we had a great deal of fun rotating around the art room painting and printing our gingerbread houses.

Here we are now, back again and it is 2018! This week we are wrapping up last semester with a catch-up day - students are finishing up last bits and pieces from their portfolios, updating Artsonia, and tallying up our media usage from the first semester - it is always fun to look back at what we have accomplished. Thanks for checking in with us - all new work starts next week including clay and a focus on art culture around the world - Happy New Year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Reduction prints inspired by Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley was a photographer who published the first photos of an individual snowflake, proving that each was unique and six-sided. He spent his entire life studying snow. We admired his photographs and read about his life from the beautifully illustrated book that bears his name.

We sketched some designs using radial symmetry, and selected our best one to transfer to printing foam. We printed the first layer with white ink on colored paper.

We rinsed our foam after printing a set of three papers, drew some small background flakes into the foam around the center flake, and finally, very carefully cut the large flake from the center, so that all that was left of our printing plate was the background. The following week, we printed a second layer over the first using black ink this time, trying to create the look of Snowflake Bentley's antique photographs that focus on a single flake.