• Wangechi Muti & Fantasy Figures - Third Grade

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 1/14/2020 7:00:00 AM

    The third graders will be exploring the idea of fantasy figures over the next few weeks and will eventually create their own collage. .  Over the next three weeks, students will use various collage materials to create a mixed media art piece.

     

    This past week, the third graders were introduced to the contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu.  Through collage and installation work, Mrs. Mutu explores various themes and ideas in her work. 

     

    "If you utter something then it will become, if you make something you will actually bring it to life"

    - Wangechi Mutu

     

    Learn more about Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

     

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  • Discovering Dave - Fourth Grade

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 1/13/2020 7:00:00 AM

    This past week, the 4th graders are being introduced to Dave the Potter. Dave was a potter and a poet.  He was also a slave.  In January, fourth grades will explore the art and poetry of famous slave artist, Dave.  While we know some things about Dave's life, he has left an entire history of his life thru his pots and the poems that he wrote onto them.  

    Students will then create their own “face jug”. While face jugs can be attributed to most ancient cultures, it has been most recently attributed to the African/African-American slaves in the North and South Carolina region.

    “Various slave owner accounts hold that African-American slaves would use their face jugs to carry water into the fields with them. Other scholars believe that face jugs were used as a form of self-identification, or a self-portraits and perhaps were a way for slaves to deal with their physical displacement and loss of visual worth.”

     

    In class, students are read a book called "Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave" and are shown excerpts of a documentary about Dave's life. Click here to watch the longer version of the documentary "Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay."

     

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  • Second Grade Coil Pots

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 12/20/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Second graders have begun creating the second version of a coil pot.  In the first grade, students made a standard coil pot by assembling their "coils" one on top of the other.  This year, the students get to play around with the coil making process and create shapes by manipulating the clay.  Students will eventually glaze paint their creations and bring them home in January.  Check out some of the early results below:

     

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  • Class Collage - 2nd Grade

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 12/17/2019 7:00:00 AM

    While studying Henri Mattisse's cut-outs, he second graders created large scale class collages.  These works are currently hanging in the Main Office.  Some of the second graders had fun putting the collages into an order...

     

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  • Final Prints - Fourth Grade

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 12/16/2019 7:00:00 AM

    The fourth graders have been working to complete their final prints based on symmetry.  Some examples are on exhibit in the display cases in the main lobby of Hillside.  Check out some of the students working below:

     

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  • Coming Home - Kindergarten Pinch Pots

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 12/11/2019 2:00:00 PM

    They are coming home!  Pay attention to backpacks as the Kindergarten kids bring home their first clay sculpture.  Each piece has been wrapped and placed in a paper bag for safe keeping.

     

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  • Coil Pots - First Grade

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 12/4/2019 7:00:00 AM

    First graders are creating coil pots.  Using the new skill of scoring and slip to connect the clay pieces to each other, students are manipulating clay to create a tall (or tallish) pot. 

     

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  • Glazing - Kindergarten

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 12/3/2019 6:30:00 AM

    Kinder kids started the process of glaze painting their pinch pots.  Students will be using various colored glazes with special crystal gems to give the color a fun texture.  The finished pots will be coming home soon!

     

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  • Experimenting with Printmaking - Fourth Grade

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 12/1/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Fourth graders finished carving their print blocks and are now experimenting with making a print.  Using a roller, ink tray and baren (tool to rub), students have begun to explore creating a printed image. 

     

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  • Circles

    Posted by Nate Morgan on 11/21/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Third graders have been introduced to the concentric circles of Wassily Kandinsky and the contemporary artist Gary Lang.  Both artists explore the spirituality of the circle.   The third graders are now creating their own circles and then writing a poem about that circle. 

     

    Check out some of Gary Lang's work here.

     

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