Ask any first grader how they are feeling on a Monday or Wednesday morning when they enter art class and they’ll answer without hesitation, “I'm ready to create!” There is certainly no shortage of creativity at BAES, and the art room has been bustling with it all month long. Through line sculptures, shape monsters, still-life sketches and scavenger hunts, the primary grades have been busy learning about the elements of art. Wondering what those are? A fourth or fifth grader can tell you or -- better yet -- show you some examples in their work!
The middle school students wrapped up their unit on identity with a mixed-media self-portrait that combined photography, collage, painting and drawing techniques. We’ve been examining the work of many contemporary artists and looking at different ways that photographs can be manipulated to communicate a message.
This past week, all of our students have been discussing the presence of art in cultural traditions. Along with crafting some spooky decorations for our upcoming Halloween party, the young artists at BAES have been learning about the traditions surrounding Dia de los Muertos or The Day of the Dead, a holiday that originated in Mexico and honors the lives of family members and friends who have passed away. Students loved making their own sugar skull decorations and papel picados to celebrate.