PreK, kindergarten, and first grade students have started their exploration of important art elements like line, shape, and color. Check out some of their creations below!
PreK students learned about different types of lines and created colorful line sculptures using chenille stems. They learned that a sculpture is 3-d artwork, meaning we can walk around it and view it from all sides.
Kindergarteners made their own line sculptures out of colored construction paper. They experimented with folding, twisting, and curling their paper to make different types of lines.
Kindergarteners and first graders painted the different types of lines they learned about with black tempera paint and used watercolors to fill the space in between each line.
We couldn't be more excited to be working with clay artists Lamin and Abdoulie Saine (from Saine Pottery Studio) and wood carver Omar Jallow for after school activities this trimester. The students had a great first day of activities!
Happy International Dot Day!
BAIS artists of all ages kicked off the year with Peter Reynolds' classic The Dot, the story of a doubting student who is challenged to trust in her own abilities and be brave enough to “make her mark”. Over the past two weeks, we've joined arts educators and students around the world who celebrate International Dot Day by promoting creativity, courage, and collaboration in the classroom with projects inspired by this powerful story.
They also created sculptures using recycled bottle caps after viewing Wassily Kandinsky's Concentric Circles....
And practiced their watercolor technique while making vibrant sun catchers!
To gear up for this unit's big mural project, grades 2-5 discussed the importance of working together and completed a collaborative circle piece incorporating the elements of art.
Grade 2/3 students experimented with wax resist painting to create their own dot-inspired masterpieces.
And after examining the use of symbolism in the work of street artist Keith Haring, grade 4/5 and middle school students began brainstorming their own visual symbols. Using their knowledge of design principles and art elements, they used these symbols to create mandalas and shields that communicate personal and cultural values.
Vision Board Silhouettes by Middle School Students
Greetings BAIS Community!
I'm thrilled to be back for my second year of art-making and learning with the creative students at BAIS. Every one of our students-- from Prek to High School-- has at least two 42 minute periods of visual arts instruction per week (kindergartners and first graders have three). 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 including visual literacy, identity, 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 web page for regular updates about our adventures in the art room and see more examples of student work in our online gallery.
Thank you for supporting visual arts education at BAIS! I'm looking forward to another incredible school year with our students.