Happy New Year to Everyone! January brings a variety of new opportunities for more multi-faceted lessons, visual literacy, cultural appreciation and exciting creativity. The projects this month will range from abstract shapes that emphasize feelings, to experimenting with vibrant watercolor techniques. In addition, some classes will begin observational drawing instruction which teaches these artists to squint their eyes and look closely at what they see”.
Every step in art that a child takes, involves choices. Questions such as; which color, what type of line, where should I place that shape and how many should I use? All of these decisions encourage a visual path that will help build self-confidence and broaden each and every imagination.
December ended with the complementary colors of red and green. Students created designs with that aesthetic, adding triangles to the equation. This exploration involved the challenges of paint, black tip markers and managing collage using glittery paper.
Triangles that worked with negative space taught students how to build a grand shape by working with numbers. The construction of this design allowed students to use their personal communication.
I encourage stretching their conventional ideas by stepping into a range of new unpredictable ways to solve problems. Fun is mandatory!