We say good-bye to the art room at Central School this year.
We say good-by to the art room at Richmond School also.
I have taught at Richmond school for twenty years and attended this school from 3rd grade through 6th grade. I bid you a fond farewell you have served our community with honor as you assisted many in their education.
Fare-well to Central School. I have taught at Central for twenty years and attended this school as a student from kindergarten through second grade. Thank-you for your service to our community!
In August 2015 we will move into a new building that will service our preschool through 12th students and community for the next several decades.
We look forward to the new adventure that awaits all of us!
There is a new journey that we will take together this autumn.
Artmanews is taking a summer break from our blog and will return in September after school and art classes have resumed! Check out our other blogs for more creative opportunities.
Fourth grade students have begun a painting project based on Robert Indiana’s Love images.
Robert Indiana, born Robert Clark (born September 13, 1928), is an American artist associated with the pop art movement. His “LOVE” print, first created for the Museum of Modern Art‘s Christmas card in 1965, was the basis for the widely-distributed 1973 United States Postal Service “LOVE” stamp. His media include paper (silk screen) and Cor-ten steel sculpture.
Students were divided into groups to work cooperatively on this project.
Every group explored new painting techniques for the background of their image.
The groups enjoyed using the liquid watercolor.
Every group mixed their warm colors in a unique manner to create a variety of effects. It will be interesting to see how each group creates their version of Love by Robert Indiana.
Sixth graders added shape and letters to their images this studio session.
Students picked a letter shape to add in part or whole to their project.
Everyone was busy adding finishing touches to their image before adding paint next session.
With direction everyone became focused in the short session they have in art each Friday.
It was great to see everyone stretch their creative ideas in new ways.
After a busy studio session students will reflect on their work and add paint to their projects next week.
An example of student work in progress.
Fourth grade students had fun creating painted paper.
Students began by adding color with crayon on their large paper, working as a group.
Everyone enjoyed the kinetic feel of scribbling with crayon to cover a large area.
Students next added paint using paint scrapers.
Students explored variations of green by adding blue, yellow, white and black tempera to the green on their paper.
Everyone enjoyed the process of mixing paint and creating texture with the paint scrapers.
The painted paper that the students created will become the medium used for a future project.
Sixth grade students changed their sketches into pieces.
Next students cut apart their initial sketches into squares.
Students took the pieces of their images and realigned them into a new image on a larger paper.
This process is much like creating your own puzzle out of the cut pieces of art work.
This required students to think about their art work in a new way and reconfigure their work into a new form.
Sixth graders have simplified their art work into geometrical shapes from images based on things they love.
The style of art work the sixth graders are working on is based upon a movement of art called Suprematism.
Suprematism was a Russian abstract art movement, founded by the Kiev-born painter Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935) around 1915, which concerned itself with elementary geometric forms (squares, circles).
Students have excelled at deconstructing an image of something they love into a basic geometric form.
Students are now working in steps to build an abstracted image with shapes that will be turned into a future painting after Christmas break.
Check back to see the students’ progress in this art adventure.
Fifth grade students have been exploring digital photography this fall at Richmond School.
The elementary art department purchased 18 digital cameras to introduce and teach students how to use this new art medium.
Students have been learning how to use the camera and all of its many features.
Students have been working with a partner as they have been investigating this digital tool.
Students have been learning the history of photography and the development of digital photography.
Students have been photographing indoors and out.
Everyone has enjoyed learning to photograph their friends. Digital photography has been a great addition to the art curriculum. Look for future posts on the students’ progress.
Fourth and fifth grade students at Richmond School are learning about the history of their hometown of Willard, Ohio, formerly known as Chicago Junction, Ohio.
Students are recreating the old clock tower that used to reside on top of the old city hall of Willard that was torn down last year.
Students have been viewing old photographs of the clock tower, as well as images of the proposed new clock tower to be built, for their drawings.
Students recreated their version of the clock tower to bring awareness of the rebuilding project to the Willard community.
Students are refining their current drawing skills as they are working on this community art project.
Students are working in groups as they learn to cooperate with each other while following directions from Mr. Casto.
The work of the students is progressing and moving forward on the first step of this project.
The next step will be to refine their images and ink them in with permanent marker.
The students have worked hard on the first step of this project.