Students in Middle School Art studied to work of Harlem Renaissance artist, Romare Bearden. After looking at his jazz inspired paintings, students created a collagraph plate of a musical instrument using layers of cardboard. Students used these plates to create collagraph prints and they experimented with different colored inks and papers.
Students learned about the importance of expressive intent (being purposeful in artistic decisions) and practiced this concept by creating an abstract artwork using oil pastels and watercolor. Students chose an emotion to portray using only abstract lines, colors and shapes.
(Right-Left, Top-Bottom: Matthew - Rage, Matthew - Hope, Peter - Joy, Laura - Calmness, Victoria - Excitement, Sabrina - Envy, Jack - Despair, Luca - Hope, Ellen - Lovesickness, Laura K - Anxiety, Ben - Serenity, Laura - Confusion)
Students studied the life and work of American painter, Winslow Homer and looked at his many New England seascapes. Students use acrylic paint and oil pastels to create their own seascape inspired by the rocky New England shore.
These bas-reliefs were inspired by Renaissance artist and sculptor, Donatello. Students studied his story and figure based bas-reliefs (or low-reliefs) and then created their own creature design using model magic on board, finished with metallic paint.
Students in High School Art began the year by studying the work of modern artist Joseph Cornell. They responded by designing and altering an altoid tin to show various aspects of their lives and identity using images and symbols.
Students in Middle School Art began the year by learning about the art of the illuminated manuscript, originating during the Middle Ages. Students used their first initial and other images and symbols to create a design that "illuminated" various aspects of their life and identity.