2017-18 Memory Garden Expansion ECHO....
2016-17 Drawing ECHO
I am so sad that this "ECHO" class is over. It was truly very enjoyable for me. These students all have a passion for drawing and it was so evident in thier engagement and focus during our classes. Please stop by the art room during the Share Fair on June 14th to check out some of their drawings. They learned some pretty advanced techniques and really seemed to enjoy learning them. Here is a run down of what they learned:
- Still life drawing
- Observational drawing - outdoors/indoors
- Drawing while observing an image upside down.
- 3D drawing techniques - creating value & shadows
- Charcoal pencil drawing
- Figure drawing
- Drawing Perspective
- Scale drawing
I hope they all continue to work on their drawing skills.
This year I offered a drawing "ECHO". What a great group of artists I have in this class. They are so eager to learn more about drawing and are so engaged in every activity. We have learned a few techniques to help train our brains how to draw exactly what we see, we did some drawing "en plein air" and during last class we learned about drawing a still life. They are growing as little artists and it's so much fun to witness. I can't express enough how grateful I am to have this opportunity!
Highlights from 2015-16 Crayon Art ECHO
We've been having a blast in the art room during ECHO Friday's.
These creative students have made, ornaments, wax resist art, crayon batik art and have peeled a lot of crayons. Our group project is a mural made of peeled crayons. Students brain stormed ideas of a mural that would represent Durham-Middlefield. They came up with a cow, eating an apple, next to a sunflower, in an apple orchard. It is coming out amazing, but takes a looooong time. We are hoping to have it ready to share with families at our special Lyman Lytes night on Thursday, June 9th. Be sure to come by the art room and check it out. We are planning to donate it, but haven't decided for sure where to donate it to. But before we do that we plan to enter it in the Durham fair this fall. Exciting things are happening.
Highlights from 2014-15 Ceramics ECHO
Trying out the potters wheel!
Enjoy these pics of some students trying their hand at wheel throwing. They really seem to be naturals at this. Each student in my ceramics ECHO will have the opportunity to try this out. My hope is that at least the 4th grade students will get a chance to create an actual wheel thrown piece. We are having an absolute blast with this class. The students are so engaged, curious and full of creativity and excitement.
Our ECHO classes have been so much fun. Students in my ceramics ECHO have now made two clay pieces. Their second piece involved using slabs of clay. I taught them some techniques and gave a few ideas, then let them create what they wanted to. They really displayed their creativity with creating things such as fairy beds, a golf course, and a sword in a stone. I love watching kids creativity at work. Some students worked more closely with me to make bird houses. We are having a blast together!
New this year!! E.C.H.O.'s (extra curricular HOT opportunities.)
Mrs. Chernovetz and I are leading the Ceramics ECHO and it is off to a great start! Pottery "guru" Ms. Fishell joined us for our first class and demonstrated how to create pottery on a potter's wheel. The kids were so fascinated by this. My hope is to have each student try their hand at the potter's wheel (an experience not typical during their regular art classes). During this first class students had the chance to just explore with the clay and also learned about where clay comes from. It was a lot of fun and everyone left with big smiles!!!
During our second class students learned (or refreshed their memories) how to create a pinch pot, and then how to turn it into an animal. They were also taught the pinch method to create an animal and choose which method they wanted to use to create their own clay animal. Everyone succeeded and had a blast with the clay. Such fun!