PreK students' painted paper collages inspired by Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed
Grade 2/3 students' printed landscape collages inspired by artist Eloise Renouf
In collaboration with their humanities class, middle and high school students spent the second half of trimester two exploring the art of West Africa. They viewed a variety of ancient art from this region and examined its cultural significance through virtual tours of the online collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of African Art. From there, students built on last trimester’s learning about symbolism in art and design principles to replicate Adinkra and Kente textiles using relief printmaking techniques.
Students also designed their own masks, which they began creating with plaster of paris this today!
Grades 2-5 just wrapped up their unit on installation art! They analyzed the work of contemporary artists such as Jacob Hashimoto and Yayoi Kusama, whose work is designed to transform the perception of a space. Students were challenged to compare and contrast installation art in museum and gallery spaces with the public and graffiti art they explored last trimester. Considering all of the important conceptual and design choices installation artists make, students constructed a collaborative, mixed-media installation focused on The Frozen World, their topic of study in Social Studies.
The youngest artists at BAIS are learning more and more about the elements of art and have been exploring a bit of art history as well. Through the wonderful children's book Camille and the Sunflowers and the short animated series Mati and Dada, they learned about the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his use of art elements such as line and color. Students practiced painting in the style of Van Gogh and created their own mixed-media Starry Nights.