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Thursday, November 10, 2011

November is PATTERN Month!

What are you thankful for?

This is the question J.R. Briggs students and staff are answering as they create hand-shaped leaves for our gratitude tree hanging outside the art room. Come on in and take a peek!

Throughout November, we will be studying pattern and repetition in art. The Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks states that, For pattern and symmetry, [students should] explore the use of patterns and symmetrical shapes in 2D and 3D works, identify patterns and symmetrical forms and shapes in the environment and artwork, and explain and demonstrate ways in which patterns and symmetrical shapes may be made.”  In order to meet this goal, we will be studying and creating a variety of works that focus on this concept.

Kindergarten will be learning about ways to make patterns with shapes, colors, and even people. They will explore textural patterns through creating rubbings, and identify patterns in the environment.

The work of Gustav Klimt will be studied by the first graders, as they create a “Tree of Life”, based on Klimt’s famous painting. I have posted a link on the website to a slide show students will see on Klimt’s work. However, Klimt does have work that is not appropriate for younger viewers, so please do not blindly Google his name; stick the resources I have provided.

Second grade will continue studying abstract art through looking at the works of Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, two artists famous for their “Op Art”. Op art  creates optical illusions for the viewers through the use of different patterns.

Frank Stella, an artist still working today will provide inspiration for the third grade as they learn to turn a two-dimensional drawing into a paper sculpture.

Fourth grade will take a break from realism and explore the work of Andy Warhol and Laurel Burch, two very different artists who use pattern in their work. Through combining styles, children will explore colors and repetition.

Another artist known for his work with pattern and repetition is M.C. Escher. Fifth graders will be challenged to create a tessellation drawing. Tessellations are also supportive of the math curriculum.

During this month of gratitude, I want to be sure to thank everyone for their support of the art program through Square 1 Art. I was thrilled to see the students beautiful work displayed on the complementary stickers. Your support is very much appreciated.

Lastly, I want to make sure everyone has taken the time to visit the art blog. I have spent time during the last month posting new resources and websites for you and your kiddos to peruse. Take advantage of the fun! Stay Creative! :)

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