The majority of students have completed their work and will bring it home soon. Please take a moment to discuss the work with your child. It is important that the work is valued beyond the aesthetic. Through this work, your child has demonstrated commitment, perseverance and patience over a number of weeks. Ask your child to explain the entire process to you. Ask him/her, how long did it take? Ask him/her about printmaking, the design principle ’emphasis’, his/her use of layering, his/her use of color, his/her use of mixed media (paint, markers, block printing ink). Ask him/her to evaluate “Are you pleased with your work? Why? What is good about it? What did not work so well?” Ask your child about challenges met, and the solutions he/she found. Remind him/her of the artist Roy Lichtenstein and ask “how did this influence your work (which ideas did you borrow and which ideas were yours?)” Have your child take pride in his/her work. Take a photo and send it to Grandparents. Place it in a prominent place in your home. And throughout the summer, provide your child continued exposure to the arts and creativity. Expose him/her to the work of others through galleries and museums. Connection is the key. We are now ready and excited for Fourth Grade. Enjoy your summer with family and friends, and safe travels to all.
Believe it or not, colored markers are rarely used during art class. The majority of children will own a set of markers at home, and have access to them in their regular classroom. In art, we want to provide students access to media which they may otherwise not experience. Hence the last few weeks of Printmaking. However, in relation to our Pop Art discussions, markers have been the way to go, and met with equal enthusiasm. Students have observed some work of Roy Lichtenstein, originally inspired by popular comic books of the 1950’s and 60’s. With the design element of ’emphasis’ in mind, students are currently creating their own ‘sound words’ with thoughtful use of positioning, layering, line, and pattern. Color selections are being chosen according to the prints previously created, as the two pieces shall eventually be creatively combined.
Third Grade students have completed a second lesson in printmaking. For many, this is an entirely new experience. For others, it has been a long time! Therefore, students have been practising the basics of creating a print with a styrofoam plate. Emphasis has been placed not on the design itself, but the need for good organisation of the workspace, understanding of procedure, and the importance of on-going reflection and evaluation, including the use of art specific vocabulary. After initial excitement, trial and error, students have learned to slow down and take greater care with the engraving of a styrofoam plate, the correct amount of printing ink required, and to reflect on ‘What am I hoping to achieve?, What is working? What is not? What do I need to change in order to improve?’ Having gained some experience, and learning from mistakes, some students chose to start again. With this, conversations have included the importance of keeping ‘failures’ rather than throwing them away. After all, all are evidence of media exploration, investigation, and progress.