Tuesday, March 14, 2017

James Rizzi Inspired City Mural

The First graders studied community and went on school trips to all sorts of local establishments like the bank, bakery, supermarket, police station, library and more. In the Art Room we looked at James Rizzi's fun-filled cityscapes. The students drew and painted their own building shapes. Then they collaged funny faces and/or patterns and added black outlines. The students worked together to create some of buildings they visited and then all the buildings were put together to create a whimsical Rizzi-inspired town.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Textured Clay Weavings

The 6th graders made a clay radial loom. They textured a free form clay slab and then prepped it into a loom. After it was fired, they used oil pastels, watercolor paint and gloss to add color and sheen. Then the students used assorted yarns to create the warp and weave and optional pompoms.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Clay Groggers for Purim

The 3rd graders made hamantaschen-shaped noisemakers out of clay. The process was similar to baking hamantashen---We rolled out the clay and cut a circle for the base.  They formed a smaller bowl-shape for the “filling,” added a few clay balls for the noisemakers, flipped it over and then folded up and pinched three edges to form the triangular cookie. In the next class the kids could either use ceramic glaze or watercolor paint to decorate their groggers.

Monday, January 2, 2017

7th Grade Recycled Can Art

--> The 7th graders turned “trash into treasure” by transforming smashed soda cans into unique works of art. We looked at examples of artists’ work from smashed cans for inspiration. The students chose a can and like Michelangelo staring at his marble from all angles, they got inspiration to create. They used acrylic paint, sharpies and collage supplies to make these whimsical pieces.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Portraits & Words

In the Art Room, the 4th graders’ Portrait Project was tied into their civics lesson and to the 2016 election. We looked at election posters and the common trends among them. The students also learned facial proportions and how to draw a face. They challenged themselves to draw and paint a realistic face. Also, the students chose words to promote making the world a kinder, better place. We discussed the Carmel Academy Values Covenant and other words that can heal and help. They glued their words and portrait on their hand-decorated backgrounds. The students should be very proud of the portraits and the beautiful messages of their chosen words. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mixed Media Still Lifes

The 7th graders chose from many glass bottles to draw. Then they divided their paper and used different media (Ebony pencil, colored pencil, collage, chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolor paint and sharpie) to fill four sections.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Clay Pets

The 4th graders loved making their clay pets! They worked for 2 classes on shaping their animal, platform and details and then glazed them.