Visits to the IMA

This week we wrapped up our monthly visits to the IMA at the Gilliatte building by heading out to the 100 Acres Art and Nature Park on the grounds of the IMA.  While at the 100 Acres, we had the opportunity to look at several large-scale installations as well as enjoying the opportunity to run in some wide open spaces.  The children were particularly intrigued by the floating island or igloo house in the middle of the lake, and the tunnel leading up to the Park of the Laments, which has a pretty awesome echo chamber.

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May 11-15

Gilliatte:
 
We continued to work on basket weaving with Laura’s, Zuleyka’s, and Juliana’s classes.
 
We took a trip out to the 100 Acres for our last visit this year to the IMA.
 
 
Lab:
 
We painted outside with watercolors and experimented with color mixing by trying to match the colors we find in nature.
 
We visited the IMA for the last time this year and worked with clay.  Students received certificates of completion for their participation in the TAG program this year.
 
 
Thompson:
 
We finished painting the smaller pieces for Kissiey and Alicia’s city bus project.
 
We painted hollowed-out eggs in Megan’s class and tried to come up with creative names for birds that might lay our painted eggs.
 
We visited the IMA for the last time this year and made collages out of triangular shapes, rope, and yarn.
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Studio Update April 13-17

Gilliatte:

 

In Juliana’s class,we worked on placing our clay people in the city we are building. We made a platform for some of our buildings, and added papercut buildings to the city.  Next week we will add LED lights to backlight our city.

 

We enjoyed a visit from Phil O’Malley, a guest artist, who helped the children to make paintings in response to the book, Who Makes the Sun Rise.

 

 

Lab:

 

In Kyle’s class we constructed people out of clay as part of their human body exploration. 

 

In Marcy’s class we worked with Fimo clay to construct small clay pots that will serve as small hanging planters to add some “spring” to the classroom.

 

 

Thompson:

 

In Kissiey’s class we began construction of city buses out of clay.  Next week children will work with family members to build larger scale buses out of air dry clay.

 

We visited the IMA and spent time in the studio playing the drums and painting in response to the music.  We enjoyed a special visit from a guest artist from Uganda, Sister Sabina.

 

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Telling Stories with Clay

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Studio Happenings

Gilliatte:
 
We finished painting clay cats in Jessie’s classes, and in Juliana’s classes, we finished painting the clay people for the city the children are building.
 
In Laura’s class, they explored the parts of doors using a small magnet board, some Velcro, and pictures of the parts of doors.
 
Jessie and Bryan’s classes began making masks in response to some of the artwork we saw last week at the IMA.
 
Lab:
 
We had our first visit from our IMA artist as part of our participation in the TAG Along program with the IMA and Arts for Learning.
 
We made some clay bowls using coil, pinch, and slab techniques.  These will be part of St. Mary’s contribution to a large event in the spring hosted by an SMCC board member.
 
We visited the IMA and explored the piece, “The Floor.”
 
Thompson:
 
We made some clay bowls using coil, pinch, and slab techniques.  These will be part of St. Mary’s contribution to a large event in the spring hosted by an SMCC board member.
 
We visited the IMA and explored the African gallery.  One of our students even played the drums in the gallery along with one of our teaching artists.
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Studio News

Gilliatte:
Students in Jessie’s class constructed cats out of clay and some began to paint their cats, as a part of their ongoing exploration of cats in their classroom.
Students in Juliana’s class added to their bottle cap city by constructing people out of clay.  We also began to install the city in the studio so we can add to it while keeping it safe and protected.
 
We went to the IMA with Bryan’s and Jessie’s classes to look at examples of masks and pottery in preparation for our studio work next week.
 
Lab:
In Kyle’s class we learned how artists, like Chris Raschka, use gesture drawings to quickly sketch what they see around them.  We used a drawing mannequin or figure to practice gesture drawings, then observed what we saw around us to make gesture drawings.  We went back and added details to our gesture drawings by using watercolors.
 
In Marcy’s class, we explored primary colors and the ways in which they combine to form new colors.  We also continued constructing a color wheel using materials from the Remida.
 
We went to the IMA to learn how to make mobiles from recycled materials.
 
Thompson:
In Kissiey’s and Brandi’s classes, we learned how to use plaster to make our own masks.  Students also explored light using flexible LED light strips connected to a dial that allowed them to manipulate the color and pulsing of the lights.
 
We went to the IMA to learn about the visual rhythms present in artwork from the continent of Africa.  We took a closer look at weaving and the image of a crocodile that appeared in a lot of the pieces we observed.
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Studio Update

Gilliatte:

Students from Kathryn’s class worked on a wire quilt, with each child designing a square using colored wire bent into different shapes.
Students in Jessie’s class constructed cats out of clay, as a part of their ongoing exploration of cats in their classroom.
Students in Juliana’s class added to their bottle cap city by constructing different buildings out of wire.
 
Lab:
In Kyle’s class we learned how artists often make their own colors, and experimented with making our own.
 
In Marcy’s class, we explored primary colors and the ways in which they combine to form new colors.  We also began constructing a color wheel using materials from the Remida.
 
We went to the IMA to learn how to make mobiles from recycled materials.
 
Thompson:
In Kissiey’s class, we learned how to use plaster to make our own masks.  Students also explored light using flexible LED light strips connected to a dial that allowed them to manipulate the color and pulsing of the lights.
 
In Lauren’s class, we read Lizi Boyd’s Flashlight and explored how light and color help up to tell stories.
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Playing with Color & Light

In the studio at the Thompson building, we have been exploring color and light as a part of our Story Workshop.  This week, I set up a series of provocations for the children to allow them to see how color and light can help us to tell stories.  The provocations included a box set up with flexible LED strips connected to a dial, which the children could manipulate to change the colors, a light table with color mixing paddles, mirrors with gemstones, black paper with oil pastels and colored pencils, and wooden collage pieces.

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Papercut Stories

In Ms. Lauren’s class at the Thompson building, we’ve begun work on a storytelling project that will build off of a lot of our earlier explorations in pop-up books, bookmaking, and storytelling using different materials.  Inspired by the work of Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair (http://www.blackbookgallery.com/artists/hari-deepti/), we are making LED-backlit papercut stories.  Jeremiah’s first try at this new technique is pictured below.  His story features a tattooed octopus made out of air dry clay and a small man in a cave inside a mountain.  He drew his entire story on paper first, and then began making the individual characters and scenery out of cut paper and clay.  Final versions will be built incrementally using foam core frames layered together to make a box, with papercut layers glued in between each foam core piece.  Air dry clay components will be attached to the foam core frame box, and then a floating LED will be positioned behind the box to illuminate and add depth to the story.  To see an awesome video of Hari and Deepti making their art, check out: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/80264938682.

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Studio Update 1/26-30

Gilliatte:

Students from Kathryn’s and Laura’s classes worked with wire, wire tools, beads, and buttons in response to the question: what can wire do, make, or say when it bends? Next week, Kathryn’s and Laura’s classes will head to the IMA to look at some artists who use metal and wire, while Juliana, Bryan, and Jessie will begin to construct buildings made from recycled bottle caps and lids.

Lab:

In Kyle’s class we painted on feathers as part of our ongoing experimentation with painting.

In Marcy’s class, we used felt collage during Story Workshop to expand how we could show our characters and setting when telling stories.

Thompson:

In Kissiey’s class, we worked with wire, wire tools, beads, and buttons in response to the question: what can wire do, make, or say when it bends?

In Brandi’s class, we experimented with wood collage in response to the question: What happens to a story when it’s not told on paper?

We also went to the IMA to work on flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keefe.

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