Instructor: Ms. Buckley
In the fall, we look closely at the proportions of the face. This informs our drawing technique to create a self-portrait. Students take this practice into a three dimensional media, modeling a portrait in wire, clay, or textiles.
In the winter term, students study the New York artist Faith Ringgold, gaining inspiration from her paintings and textile art. Ringgold has written and illustrated children’s books, her most famous being Tar Beach.
Tar Beach quilt by Faith Ringgold
The sculptor, and inventor of mobiles, Alexander Calder studied at Stevens University in Hoboken. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Calder enrolled in art school and gained renown as a sculptor. After viewing Calder’s mobiles, students create their own mobile on the theme of flight. Students consider the math and physics involved as to ensure a balanced mobile.
Throughout the year students spend time in observational drawing, working with a variety of media and techniques. Students are encouraged to look more closely at familiar objects to improve their representational drawings. Through instruction and practice students improve their attempts to record effectively and build confidence as artists and communicators.
Students receive three grades in art: Meaningful Expression, Quality of Craftsmanship, and Use of Art Studio.
Meaningful Expression values the personal ideas and beauty that a child brings to their art.
Quality of Craftsmanship notes accuracy and mastery of material and process shown in the art.
Use of Art Studio reflects a student’s organization, use of time and materials, and contribution to a good working environment.
The expectation is for students to achieve a ‘3’ grade in these areas. This reflects that a child is meeting expectations and making progress in their learning.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by email at [email protected]