Art Updates Archive

Art Room Summer Update

 

Happy summer vacation!  Have a wonderful time with family and friends and be sure to visit a museum or two.

Don't forget to register for the Art Summer Camp July 29-August 2 from 12:00-3:00. You can email me directly to reserve a spot! 

As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. Be sure to check out our online art gallery. http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=146201

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

Art March Update 2019

Plans are in the works for our second annual All School Fine Art Show Night at Rohan Woods. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 23rd from 6:00-8:00.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire school community to come together and celebrate the Fine Arts and see what the students have been creating this year.
Please don’t hesitate to email me at  if you would like to help set-up. 

 

-Juniors are completing lucky Leprechauns and mosaic Shamrocks. Cutting, gluing, overlapping and design skills will continue  to improve.

-Seniors have completed studying about art of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. They viewed works-of-art by Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas and Van Gogh. With careful observations they explored and discussed what they like about the Impressionistic style. Students will begin working three-dimensionaly with clay to create spring flowers.

-First Graders completed their Asian art unit and enjoyed exploring the galleries at the St. Louis Art Museum.  After Spring Break students will be introduced to the Self-taught artist, Henri Rousseau.  The students will create their interpretation of  Rousseau's Jungle Scene and finish by applying a watercolor wash. 

-Second Graders are working collaboratively on a 3-dimensional clay unit that ties into their Project for this final trimester.

-Third/Fourth Graders completed sculpting their Oaxaca style animals inspired from traditional woodcarvings from Mexico. They currently are work delicately with paintbrushes to apply intricate pattern and line design to their animals. 

-Fifth Graders are beginning their Fiber Arts study and learning all about weaving.  Students will learn appropriate vocabulary, styles and various weaving techniques to incorporate into their looms.

-Sixth Grade will complete their beautiful ceiling tiles and present their artist reports after Spring Break. 

As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. Be sure to check out our online art gallery. http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=146201

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

Art Update January 2019

During the next month, the Juniors and Seniors will be introduced to the art of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. They will view works-of-art by Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas and Van Gogh. With careful observation, they will explore and discuss what they like about the Impressionistic style.

-First Graders will journey to China to learn the traditions and customs associated with Chinese New Year. They will construct very large Dragons that will be part of our Chinese New Year Parade on Thursday, February 7th at 2:30. The classes are encouraged to wear RED that day (RED symbolizes good luck) and be prepared for a festive celebration!

-Second Grade will complete their African masks and move into their unit on winter landscapes.  Students will observe the variety of trees outside the large art room windows.  They will learn vocabulary associated with landscapes and apply various chalk and oil pastel techniques.  (continued)

-Third/Fourth Graders will complete their Native American Dream catchers and begin a unit focusing on three-dimensional art. Manipulating clay, the students will sculpt Oaxaca style animals inspired from traditional woodcarvings from Mexico.

-Fifth Graders are beginning their Hopi Kachina unit. Students are in the planning and sketching stage. Once they have decided on the type of Kachina and lesson it will teach, they will use creative writing skills to create a story unique to their Kachina.  Working three dimensionally, Fifth Graders will sculpt clay to bring their visions to life. Once complete, they look forward to presenting their stories and Kachinas to the students and faculty at Rohan Woods.

-During the month of January, the Sixth Graders will begin their digital presentations for their artist of choice "Ceiling Tile" project.  This month-long unit will involve research, written documentation, oral presentation and a unique reproduction of art from their selected artist.

As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. Be sure to check out our online art gallery. http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=146201

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

Art Update December 2018

It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us. We have so much to accomplish before the holiday break. 
During the month of December classes will continue exploring various cultures and journey to continents around the world. As students improve their critiquing and observational skills, they are applying the Elements and Principles of art and design to their own creations. It is encouraging to hear the students expressing their love of art through journal activities and group discussions.

Juniors completed their Native American Tee-Pee landscape and are moving into a unit about Winter.

Seniors are studying about the abstract artist Wassily Kandisky and interpreting his Concentric Circles painting.

First Grade will be creating beautiful tin ornaments inspired by the characters from the Nutcracker.  Students will learn how to work with this medium, applying pressure to manipulate the tooling foil.

Did you ever wonder why Masks are so important to the people of Africa? Ask any Second Grader and they can tell you.  Students will complete these colorful masks with pastels while working on their blending techniques. 

Third/Fourth Graders continue working on their Dream-catchers and are learning about the traditions and culture of the many Native American tribes.

Fifth Graders continue their unit on Hopi Kachinas. Each student will write a story about their Kachina and the lesson it teaches children. They will then design and sculpt Kachinas from traditional Clay. This unit will be enjoyed by all, as the Fifth Graders will go from class to class to present their Kachinas and read their stories to the students at Rohan Woods. 

The Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands will be the focus for Sixth Grade. They are creating beautifully colorful reproductions of traditional Molas. A Mola is made of many rectangular pieces of fabric of different colors sewn together. Each layer of fabric is carefully cut and stitched by hand to allow different colors to show through. Molas depict many things- nature, animals, flowers and daily life. Once their initial sketch is created, the Sixth Graders will delicately cut colorful construction paper to make their Mola come to life.

Traditions and celebrations are something we all have experienced no matter where we live or our background. It is wonderful listening to the memories you have made with your families and the joy the children express sharing them with us.

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

November Art Update 2018

During the month of November classes will begin exploring various cultures and journey to continents around the world. As students continue to improve their critiquing and observational skills, they are applying the Elements and Principles of art and design to their own creations. It is encouraging to hear the students expressing their love of art through journal activities and group discussions.

Juniors, Seniors and First Grade will be introduced to the Native American culture and listen to authentic music and folk tales.

Did you ever wonder why Masks are so important to the people of Africa? Ask any Second Grader and they can tell you.  Students will investigate various African Artifacts and take notes in their sketchbooks. These discoveries will then be reported to the class during a group discussion. The Second Graders will complete these colorful masks with pastels working on their blending techniques. 

Third/Fourth Graders will create Dream-catchers and learn about the traditions and culture of the Ojibwe.

Fifth Graders begin their unit on Hopi Kachinas. Each student will write a story about their Kachina and the lesson it teaches children. They will then design and sculpt Kachinas from traditional Clay. This unit will be enjoyed by all, as the Fifth Graders will go from class to class to present their Kachinas and read their stories to the students at Rohan Woods. 

The Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands will be the focus for Sixth Grade. They are creating beautifully colorful reproductions of traditional Molas. A Mola is made of many rectangular pieces of fabric of different colors sewn together. Each layer of fabric is carefully cut and stitched by hand to allow different colors to show through. Molas depict many things- nature, animals, flowers and daily life. Once their initial sketch is created the Sixth Graders will delicately cut colorful construction paper to make their Mola come to life.

Traditions and celebrations are something we all have experienced no matter where we live or our background. It is wonderful listening to the memories you have made with your families and the joy the children express sharing them with us.

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

October Art Update 2018

During the month of October, classes focus on the Elements of Color, Shape and Line. Artists use color as a means of visual expression. The American painter Georgia O’Keeffe stated, “I know that I can not paint a flower, or sun on the desert on a bright summer morning, but maybe in terms of paint color, I can convey my experience of the flower. Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living.”

The Juniors and Seniors discover how fun it is to create a work-of-art by simply adding color, lines and basic shapes. They explore the element of color by mixing their primary colors together to “magically” create secondary colors. Later this month, the students will apply their knowledge of color to communicate feelings and express ideas. 

Applying the elements of Shape, Pattern and Line is evident in the First Graders Paul Klee Castles. 

Second through Sixth Grade will enhance their knowledge of color theory with lessons on secondary and intermediate colors, warm and cool colored landscapes, color schemes and the color wheel. Look for these amazing works-of-art in the Specialist hallway.

As always thank you for your continued support of the art program.

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."   ~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

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September Art Update 2018

Images of people are called Portraits. During the month of September students are challenged to create an image or likeness of him or herself, commonly referred to as a Self-Portrait. Rembrandt produced more than seventy self-portraits, making his face one of the most famous in art. Classes discuss and review the ideas of proportion, facial feature placement, size and shape of lines, and appropriate choice of colors. Students will examine, analyze and interpret clues to learn more about the artist and styles of self-portraits.   

Beginning every year with Self-Portraits is a lesson I thoroughly enjoy teaching. It’s wonderful observing the improved drawing skills and confidence the children demonstrate. The completed Self-Portraits will be displayed outside the classrooms throughout the month of September and into October. Please take the opportunity to admire these beautiful creations.

As the classes complete their first unit on portraits they will be introduced to the Elements of Art. There are six visual elements, color, line, shape, form, space, and texture. These are the foundation upon which artists visually put together to make a statement. Art units and activities will reflect and reinforce these six elements. Students will develop critical thinking skills and evaluate works-of-art through sketchbook activities and discussions. They will explore the meaning of aesthetics and participate in class critiques. 

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Art class at Rohan Woods School! I hope your summer was full of fun and you were able to check out a museum or two.  I look forward to watching your creative abilities flourish this year in art. 

This summer my family went on a Caribbean Cruise. We experienced SNUBA in Cozumel and saw eels, sting rays, fascinating species of fish and beautifully colorful corals. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together and look forward to planning another one soon. We also have a new addition to our family. Meet Tucker!!! He is the most adorable Bernadoodle and so full of love. 

Can't wait to see everyone this week!

Artfully Yours,
Mrs. Burkert

 

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Art Summer Update

Happy summer vacation!  Have a wonderful time with family and friends and be sure to visit a museum or two.

As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. Be sure to check out our online art gallery. http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=146201

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

May Art Update

As the school year comes to an end, the students are continuing to strengthen their artistic skills and improve their knowledge of the Fine Arts. Many classes are completing the year with units focusing on three-dimensional art. Students practice hand building and pottery throwing techniques to create successful works-of-art. New terminology is added to their improving art vocabulary. Words like wedge, score, slip, coil, slab and fire are applied consistently during the weeks clay sculpture is studied. 

As always thank you for your continued support of the art program. I was overwhelmed with joy the evening of Art Show night.  It was wonderful seeing so many families in attendance.

-JK will complete the year creating colorful kites and taking them for a flight outside in the open park space by school.

-SK read the book Round Trip and are making a cityscape inspired by the artwork in the story.

-First Grade have been drawing with scissors. Cutting free-form, abstract shapes in the style of artist Henri Matisse, students will arrange these cut-outs and assemble by improving overlapping technique to complete their works-of-art.

-Second/Third Graders are completing their three-dimensional Ocean scenes and will finish the year working with found objects and wood scraps, transforming these common objects into Assemblage. 

-Fourth Graders completed their Pottery unit working on the wheel, improving their throwing technique and successfully creating a bowl/cylinder shape. Their final unit of the year will focus on the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Observing her large, botanical paintings, students will select one to reproduce.

-Working on their loom, Fifth Graders are weaving several techniques with yarn and other fibers.

-Sixth Graders will complete their Aboriginal painting unit and finish the year working with clay.  These unique puzzle piece shapes will be on display for all to admire at graduation

  Be sure to check out our online art gallery. http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=146201

“How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudice. I am visual art."
~Kermit the Frog

Jennifer Burkert
Art Specialist

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