In honor of this month's Character Education traits -- Kindness & Generosity -- BAIS students have been working on another giant collaborative art piece! This one was inspired by an installation created by kindness.org in New York City and London for World Kindness Day. Come by and see it outside the art room.
As part of our unit on Art and Community, students in every grade are creating a collaborative mural inspired by international street artist, Kelsey Montague.
Students have been hard at work (extremely hard at work...the art room has been busy during recess and lunch time!) using their understanding of art elements to make beautiful, unique feathers for our mural.
I can't wait to see how the final piece turns out!
This trimester, all of our BAIS artists are exploring the connections between ART and COMMUNITY.
Upper primary students are learning about how art can make significant contributions to the well-being of communities and exploring how visual art has been used across cultures and historical periods to bring people together, enhance public spaces, and share important messages about community values and
Middle School students are exploring how Visual art can be a powerful tool with which to engage communities in various levels of change. It can promote civic dialogue, contribute to economic development, transform physical spaces, and inspire community action.
Every BAIS artist kicked off the year with a monochromatic self-portrait! Students were challenged to draw themselves in only one color, though they could use as many tints and shades of the color as they wanted. Come by the art room to see the stunning results!
Greetings BAIS Families, It's been a while!
I'm thrilled to be back for my third year of art-making and learning with the creative community at BAIS. Every one of our students-- from Prek to 8th grade-- has two 42 minute periods of visual arts instruction per week. During this time, students learn about art and artists from different cultures and historical periods, experiment with two and three dimensional media, and hone important habits and skills that encourage them to be creative problem-solvers, innovative thinkers, and lifelong learners.
Our arts curriculum is aligned with the Aero Visual Arts standards and emphasizes the Studio Habits of Mind, a set of eight dispositions that encourage students to think about why and how artists work the way they do (from Studio Thinking. Hetland, Winner, et al. Teachers College Press, 2007). The Studio Habits of Mind offer a language for critical thinking that spans across every subject area.
Throughout the year, students will explore cross-disciplinary themes such as community, identity, environment, and change. Students will build artistic confidence and technical skill while developing art knowledge and appreciation through the exploration of these big ideas.
Displays of student work will be exhibited in the art room and in the library, so be sure to stop by and see them throughout the year. You can also visit this website for regular updates about our adventures in the art room and view more examples of student work in our online gallery.
Thank you for supporting visual arts education at BAIS! I’mI’m looking forward to another incredible school year with our students.
The middle and high school students finished their plaster cast masks! Check out a few of them below.
To decorate their Trimester 3 art portfolios (and to celebrate opposite day), grade 2-5 students learned about different types of symmetry and created these stunning abstract designs with their names! Can you guess who these belong to?
This week, kindergarten and first grade students kicked off their new unit on Art through the Ages with a virtual tour of the Caves of Lascaux. Students learned that the images in these caves are estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, and give us a peek into what life was like for the people who made them. After exploring how and why we believe cave artists created these images, students got to work on their own Lascaux-inspired art using chalk and oil pastels.