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Drawing with yarn

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3rd grade students explored continuous line drawing with yarn.

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Students were given a long piece of yarn to use as a drawing line as they drew glue bottles and scissors.

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Third graders had to focus on the shape of what they were looking at as they worked to draw with the continuous yarn line.

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Students really had to focus on their yarn line and the shape of what they were drawing.

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Contour drawing is an essential technique in the field of art because it is a strong foundation for any drawing or painting; it can potentially modify a subject’s form through variation within the lines. Its objective is to capture the life, action, or expression of the subject.

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The third graders did a great job exploring this new way of drawing using these new techniques.

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New view on an old clock

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Fourth and fifth grade students began the final step of their re-creation of the old Willard clock tower on the former city hall building.

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Students are exploring pointillism in this last step of the painting process as they add dots of varying color to their images.

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Pointillism is the practice of applying small strokes or dots of contrasting color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together. The term was first used to describe the paintings of Georges Seurat.

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The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.

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The technique relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones. It is a technique with few serious practitioners today.

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The students are about halfway through this step, and they are quickly moving to complete their paintings.

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It’s interesting to watch their progress on their paintings.

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Students are beginning to see what pointillism is about as they experience it firsthand, seeing the colors mix and blend together.

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This has been an interesting process that has pushed and stretched the students skills, knowledge and abilities.

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The students are excited to see the completion of their paintings and be able to display them around the community to help build awareness and raise support to build the new clock tower in Willard.