Saturday, November 15, 2014

Exploring Grounds for Sculpture

George Segal's "Depression Breadline" continues to be one of my favorite sculptures (on a long list) at Grounds for Sculpture. The depiction of the five men standing in line conveys the era so well. Our mood this week while visiting GFS was quite to opposite. My Art Enrichment students, who just visited GFS last year, were as happy as can be exploring the Grounds once again,,,this time with a different lens.
Here are the girls in the Johnson/Kopcow Fantastic Five group interacting with Segal's sculpture. 
This sculpture has changed little since I met it 14 years ago (a bit more oxidation) but each year as my students line up and pose with this sculpture I feel as though I am seeing it for the very first time along with them.
 Segal conveys the mood so well in bronze capturing the heaviness and sadness in their clothing and faces. The brick wall and closed door rounds out the mood of the installation.

 My artsy explorers amazed me during the trip figuring out some neat angles and perspectives in their photography. 
What I love so much about GFS is how the landscape is just as intriguing as the actual sculpture.



For the Tuesday trip, the weather allowed for short sleeves. The day felt more magical because of the weather. Later in the week, the temperature was quite chilly but we were warm in spirit and didn't feel the cold in the least bit.


A special surprise for my students was a private tour of Gyuri Hollosy's studio. He is a lovely, incredibly talented man that I have met a few times. I taught his talented daughter for an honors class in middle school. She is a chip off the block... intelligent, skilled and personable.


This tour was a true gift from a friend and Bear Tavern parent who is a phenonmenal Sculptor as well, Rory Mahon. 
We toured Hollosy's studio intrigued by his works -in- progress, collection of amazing sculptures, paintings and drawings. It was the kind of space that you could sit in and do nothing but stare around at the wonders of the inspiring space.
After autographs and pictures of Hollosy, my students and his ox "Augie" or "ArtToro", we wandered off better, more inspired people.






Grade 5: Finished Candy Paintings

It has been a truly Sweet Year and these candy paintings make the hallway at Bear Tavern all the more colorful and sweet. 
Earlier this month, I blogged about the candy paintings that my 5th graders were starting and the similar lesson that I taught during Art in the Park over the summer. Read more in the original post Click Here

Here are the delicious results that I hung in the hallway yesterday, Can you recognize the assorted wrappers?






Nice job Fifth Graders!




Thursday, November 6, 2014

Art for a Rainy Day/ Long Weekend


Here's a durable, easy project that is a lot of fun to do on a rainy day like today (or at any point over this 4 day weekend)

MELTED CRAYON ART



In our art room, we have one by the sink. It has held up quite nicely over the years to touch, splashes, etc. My daughter and I used hot glue to secure the crayons to a board (you can reuse a piece of cardboard or any strong surface) and a hot blow dryer to melt the crayons. It will take close to a full minute before you see the crayons begin to melt and drip. 


Crayon projects have been quite popular recently. The original straight line-up of crayons, like the one we did 4 years ago, have now turned into pretty awesome designs. 

Very creative!


Try using a stencil and mask out the area you do not want coated in crayon for a cool result. You can use a piece of contact paper cutout of a letter or shape to help or a piece of reused cardboard taped down well.

 If you have an silicone muffin pan, you can cut up crayons to make new, shaped crayons as well! Google "melted crayons art" and have fun!!



Here are a few links:
http://www.kidskubby.com/melted-crayon-art-projects/

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/17374/wax-crayon-art



Also of interest for this weekend is the annual ART ALL DAY. Art lovers can tour artists studios and have a fun artsy day this Saturday, November 8th. 
More info and a schedule of events:
http://artworkstrenton.org/art-all-day

Happy Creating!!


(All photos courtesy of the Internet.)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Grade 5 (and Art in the Park) Candy Paintings

Fifth graders are finishing up candy wrapper paintings right now. The focus on these has been...sweet! 
I will post the images as they are finished but wanted to share photographs from this past summer when I taught a similar lesson during Art in the Park.
We began by selecting a wrapper that had a composition that appealed to each student and had awesome colors. 
This summer at Art in the Park, we did not have access to computers so the kids worked from real wrappers vs. my 5th graders had time to use online resources to find a wrapper from present day or decades ago.
My 5th graders cropped their wrapper down and enlarged the image onto to their paper. 
We spent a full class period observing and drawing the enlarged design followed by fun times painting in the wrapper as realistically as possible. 

Yummy, candy wrappers drying in the summer air


Students hard at work carefully painting in their drawings





Stay tuned for more delicious results!







Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Clifford Ward and Indigene

Just wanted to quickly say that I now have a 4th favorite ox, "Indigene" by Clifford Ward.

I'll be honest with you, I didn't need to see this ox to know it would be amazing... Simply because it is by Clifford Ward, a Sculptor who I have had the pleasure to meet numerous times at Grounds for Sculpture (where I have worked for the past 13 years and where he has a pretty awesome studio space).
His work is incredible. Inspired by tribal designs from African, Native Americans, Aboriginal cultures. Love the high contrast designs. 
Enough ox talk for now. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cover Ox

Just had to say, "Aww, how sweet!"
I just saw the cover of this years BT school directory and it's Oxie on the cover! What a neat idea and great surprise for the day. Our PTO at Bear Tavern is so clever and creative. 
Lauren in the main office was excited to show me that on several of the pages there is a little snapshot of different parts of Oxie. 

Thanks again and again to the BTPTO for this cover spot. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Art Enrichment: Altering Maps post 2

 The altering of the maps is going along well. I am really impressed to see the creativity happening as the Art Enrichment students cut and paint and collage their maps for the backgrounds of their tree project with no limitations on what they can create.

Check out the first post on this journey here 









2014-15 Yearbook Cover Design Contest


Ooh la la... take a look at the yearbook cover entries for this year by our fabulous fifth graders!



Mrs. Prosser spent the morning hanging the entries in the display cases. 
Our school community has the next two weeks to vote for their favorite cover. Hard choice, so many great ones!!



 Here is a small, random sample of the entries












Great job 5th graders and look luck!


Update: 10/31/2014
The winning entry was cover #2 by Liam