All artwork shown below was made by students under Victoria Savka's instruction.
"APPLE PINCH POTS"
Kindergarten artists learned about how fruits grown from seeds and how apples come in all shapes and sizes. Students discussed shapes, letters and the concept of symmetry. Students created clay apple pinchpots as they discussed how the fruit can be symmetrical or even asymmetrical. Students learned about form, shape, color, and symmetry during this delicious project!
The 2nd grade artists and scientists dove deep below the ocean surface and explored the life underwater. They learned about coral reefs, ocean animals, and our beautiful blue planet. Inspired by what they saw and learned, 2nd grade artists were asked to draw themselves as a scuba diver exploring the ocean. Students were introduced to portrait drawing and oil pastel and watercolor resist techniques! ENJOY!
The 2nd grade students traveled to Mexico to learn about the Alebrijes, a type of Mexican folk art. They learned Alebrijes are a combination of many animal parts into one imaginary animal. They considered the bright patterns and colors that are painted on the figurines and planned their own alebrijes. After referring to animal books and researching environments students created their own Alebrije out of clay.
During the ocean unit 2nd grade students were given the opportunity to study seashells and draw them. The artists discussed how everything is made up of small shapes. Students sketches and practiced their seashells and created their final copy in which they painted and elaborated details with colored pencils. Students explored value and color.
The 5th grade students learned about the illuminated manuscripts that were carefully made, written, and painted by hand by monks before the 1450s (with the invention of the printing press). The 5th graders discussed the importance of virtue and were asked to reflect to a time where they demonstrated a virtue. Students were asked to design, create and write their own page of an illuminated manuscript. Students incorporated overlapping imagery, complementary colors, and pattern. Enjoy their stories.
The 6th and 4th grade artists created their very own flipbooks! Artists were inspired by the animators of Disney’s first full-length animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and Dream Works Studios as they were introduced to the world of animation. Through further inspiration from Keith Haring, artists created their own fun stories using simple shapes, and complementary colors to tell their stories.
"MEMORIES THAT RING A BELL"
After a brief introduction into the history and use of bells, 4th grade artists took it upon themselves to create their own bells. 4th grader students were asked to recall a happy memory and create a clay handbell inspired from that memory. Students experimented with textures and patterned through clay. By molding a pinch pot, bead, and sculpture students combined them in order to create their finished piece. Their bells all ring differently and were all made based on different happy memories that all 'ring a bell'.
After learning about Wayne Thiebaud's dessert painting 5th grade students were asked to choose their favorite food as their focus. Students discussed form, light, and value through various activities, hands on experiments, and painting exercises. Students were then given a chance to paint their meal with a spotlight in order to show a wide value scale. Bon Appétit!
"VALUABLE OBJECT PROJECT"
8th grader's first time exploring shading through watercolor paints. Students were invited to bring in objects that hold significant sentimental value to them. Through observation the students painted their boxes after various exercises in line, negative/positive space, shading, and painting.
7th grade students created tiles inspired by animals that they admire or love. Through the medium of clay students learned how to create and describe texture through various tools. Students planned and sketched their projects considering background and foreground. Students reviewed the color wheel and created all their colors through the limited palette of only primary colors.
Students in 6th grade learned all about different types of architecture. With specific vocabulary in mind students set off designing their own dream homes through colored pencil. Students were introduced to multiple techniques that can be used to create texture or shading. Students discussed the importance of home, and how there are many different types of homes.
"THROUGH A SUBMARINE WINDOW"
The 5th and 6th grade students learned about the the literature on the deep sea, sea monsters, and the invention of scuba diving. After learning about Jules Verne's writing and Jacque Cousteau's discoveries students were asked to create an illustration of a creature that might be found through the window of a submarine. Students used foam plates to create their prints, and was given an introduction to relief printmaking.
"SAINT ICON COLLAGE"
After learning about iconography, symbolism in art, and collage, 5th grade students chose a saint to create a collage icon of their chosen saint. Students did research on their saints to understand the symbols involved in the story of their saint. Student focused on collage, pattern, and the technical use of colored pencils.