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Week 4: Spring into Color

We wrapped up our spring session by comparing warm and cool colors. We looked at the art of Robert and Sonia Delaunay and noticed similarities between ALL the artists we learned about this spring. They all (Mondrian, Kandinsky, Harper) used both shape and color to create beautiful works! Finally, we experimented with printmaking using shapes […]

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Week 4: Art around the world

We finished our trip around the world by taking a look at Asian art. There were so many beautiful things to see! We noticed how Asian art is often inspired by nature. We had fun looking at texture in nature and created batik drawings. Don’t you just love Dean’s batik puffin?

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Week 3: Art around the world

During Week 3, we traveled to the Middle East and learned how pattern plays a huge part in art and culture. It was also a “finishing week.” Check out Allison’s plaster relief with her name and Evie’s awesome African zebra mask!

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Weeks 1 & 2 Art Around the World

We are off to a great beginning as we discover artistic treasures around the world! So far, we have seen amazing European architecture, created our own reliefs using homemade “plaster” and learned how symmetry plays a part in the art of African masks.

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Week 4: Painting & Sculpture

During our final week of Painting & Sculpture we focused on the work of Vincent Van Gogh, namely his extraordinary self portraits. We noticed how his portraits varied in expression and color… but we could see his famous brush strokes in each one! We used oil pastels and watercolors to create our own beautiful self […]

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Sculpture & Painting Week 2 & 3

We continued our exploration of painting and sculpture by taking a look at Winslow Homer and Edgar Degas. We painted seascapes after experimenting with four different watercolor techniques. During our Degas week, our “moving” sculptures ranged from Princess Leia to “dabbers”… From trick-or-treaters to ninjas!

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Sculpture & Painting Week 1

And we are off to a great start! Week one was a sculpture week as we learned about John James Audubon and his amazing paintings of birds! Did you know his famous bird books are the size of a small table? The books include life sized depictions of hundreds of American birds! We used wire […]

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Day 3: Art for the Senses

Everyone brought their best sense of SMELL as we explored how we use all senses in art! We talked about what we may see, smell and touch in Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. We took our time finishing our textural (scented) watercolor flowers, paying special attention to value. We […]

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Day 2 of Art for the Senses

On Day Two, we let our taste buds do the talking as we explored TASTE! We worked up an appetite by looking at the paintings of Wayne Thiebaud. His delicious cake paintings got us in the right frame of mind for food sculpture. We built everything from fortresses to tall giraffes! We also created “Mr. […]

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Day One: Art for the Senses

We are off to a great beginning as we explore TOUCH and art!

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Week One at the Fine Arts Fantasy Footwear Factory

We have completed Week One at the Fine Arts Fantasy Footwear Factory and are off to a great start! We drew inspiration from artist Yayoi Kusama and her polka dot patterns! Kusama creates AMAZING art through the use of pattern. During lab time, we took off our shoes to study the design of shoe treads. […]

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Week 4: Brushes, Backgrounds & BOOKS!

As we continue on our journey looking at author/artists, we take a look at Maurice Sendak, who is most famous for his book, Where the Wild Things Are. He was also the illustrator of over seventy books by other children’s authors, including the Little Bear series. Mr. Sendak was not always a happy man. We […]

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Week 3: Brushes, Backgrounds, and BOOKS.

This week, we had FUN discovering the art of Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. The art of Dr. Seuss is a great example of a style of art called surrealism. Surreal art is something that seems like it came from a dream. Only artists with great imaginations can create this kind of art. […]

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Brushwork, Backgrounds and BOOKS: Week 2

We continue our look at children’s author/artists with Ed Emberly. Mr. Emberly is the author and illustrator of over 100 children’s books, including Go Away, Big Green Monster. He is most famous for his instructional drawing books for children, all centered around a special “alphabet.” The alphabet consists of 7 shapes. If young artists can draw […]

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Week 1: Brushwork, Backgrounds, and BOOKS!

We are off to a great start with this session of art, Brushwork, Backgrounds, and BOOKS! We learned about the art of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). Mr. Carle has a very unique style of art. He is best known for painting beautiful textures on tissue using vibrant colors. He cuts the tissue and […]

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Week 5: Upcycled Art

Week 5 was our final week of Upcycled Art. What a fun time we had finding new and artful uses for everyday things! Students did an AMAZING job identifying various elements of art, including value, line, texture, shape and space. Our final project was a culmination of these ideas. Also, we are very excited to […]

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Upcycled Art Weeks 3 & 4

During weeks 3 and 4, we continued our exploration of the elements of art. We talked about the difference between organic and geometric shapes in art. We had a lot of laughs drawing a crazy cat using both kinds of shapes! We talked about graffiti art and tried using spray paints and masking techniques using […]

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Upcycled Jan 2016 Week 1 & 2 Update!

January Upcycled Art (Weeks 1 & 2): We are warming our cold, creative hands on Sunday afternoons in January. Each week, we are focusing on an artist, an element of art, and creating related projects using upcycled materials. Week 1 brought a lesson on VALUE, while we learned about Claude Monet and created beautiful waterlilies […]

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Upcycled Art: Weeks 3 & 4:

We have continued our unit on Upcycled Art as our cardboard Art museum and Art Lab are becoming more beautiful with paint and doodles!

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Upcycled Art Week 1 & 2

We are off and running after Weeks One and Two of Upcycled Art!  During our first week (Nature AS art, Nature INTO art) we took a look at artist Ansel Adams. We studied his black and white photography and students tried their own hand at photographing nature-inspired collages. We also used chalk pastels and a […]

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Sculpture & Mixed Media week 5!

Week 5 was our wrap up week of Sculpture & Mixed Media and our new session, “Upcycled Art,” begins this Sunday! We learned about artist Alexander Calder, who was responsible for inventing the mobile. Many students were familiar with mobiles from visiting friends with babies. We talked about how Mr. Calder’s sculptures were based on […]

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Sculpture & Mixed Media Weeks 3 & 4

We have had a lot of fun exploring different forms of sculpture and mixed media. We observed two of the famous self portraits by Vincent Van Gogh and created our own portraits out of clay using special tools to create texture. We also explored the world of mixed media. We likened it to creating a […]

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Sculpture & Mixed Media: Weeks 1 & 2

Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to cultivate creativity at The Art Link! So far, we have discovered Edgar Degas and his passion for movement. We identified movement visually and also by sound.

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Artful Einsteins Wrap Up

What is more fun than summer camp? We had a fun and BUSY time this week! Monday was “G” day, for geology. We made GEODES and learned about GEORGIA (O’Keeffe). Tuesday was “C” day, for chemistry. We learned how COPPER statues (like the Statue of Liberty) change COLOR due to a change in chemistry. We […]

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Looking forward to Artful Einsteins next week!

Looking forward to the beginning of Artful Einsteins next week. Monday is G day! G for geology!

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Morning Munchies at MoMA: Playground Portraits & Lichtenstein

We learned about pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and the famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City! Students painted portraits on playground balls and we practiced drawing faces in proportion. What a fun way to spend a summer morning!!!

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Week 5: Spring into Color

It was “Bring a Friend” Week, so we had a full house for our final week of Spring Into Color.

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Week 4: Spring into Color

Week 4: Spring Into ColorWe had a great time learning about artist Jeff Koons, famous for his oversized metal balloon dog sculptures.  During lab, we used a complimentary color scheme to create ballon dogs and dog mats. We agreed that Mr. Koons is all about creating art that makes people HAPPY! We thought about the […]

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Spring into Color: Week 3

On Sunday, we learned about warm and cool colors. We finished our mixed media sunshine canvases which are blue (cool color) and orange (warm color).

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Spring into COLOR – Week 2

During our second week of Spring Into Color, we discovered the work of artist Charley Harper and talked about analogous colors. Analogous colors are next door neighbors on the color wheel! It was fun finding hidden pictures and shapes within Harper’s Illustrations. Finally, we tried a special technique with oil pastels while creating Charley Harper […]

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Spring into COLOR – Week 1

We began our study of color by focusing on the primary colors: red, yellow and blue. We played color games and learned about artist, Piet Mondrian.

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Week 5: All Aboard Art

Our trip around the world has carried us through the cold winter months. We visited five continents and found that there is beautiful art ALL AROUND THE WORLD!

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Weeks 3 and 4 of All Aboard Art:

 We traveled to Africa and Australia to find out about the beautiful art of these two continents. We built African thumb pianos and drew colorful, expressionist giraffes! During our stay in Australia, we learned about the storytelling nature of Aboriginal art. We experimented with dot painting, creating our very own artifacts!

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All Aboard Art… Update

All Aboard Art is well underway and we have already traveled to Asia and Europe on our magic airplane.

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Final Week: Polar Picasso

This week, we observed the painting, “The Tree of Life,” by Gustav Klimt. After five weeks of art, we now look for things like balance, rhythm, and unity in art. The students noticed the repetition of shape in the painting. We also noticed many “pictures within the picture.” We took Klimt’s idea of shape and […]

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Week 4: Polar Picassos

Rene Magritte was famous for his surreal (dreamlike) paintings.  We noticed how he used ordinary objects in unexpected ways!  Many of the repeating elements in his paintings create rhythm and unity. We had a silly lab time this week! We replaced Magritte’s famous green apple with another strange object and also played “Once Upon a […]

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Polar Picasso Week 3

Grandma Moses was an American folk artist who did not begin painting until she was well into her 70s. She sold paintings (and pickles) at the county fair until one day a New York collector discovered her talent. Her art tells stories about people and places. We saw how many of her winter scenes are […]

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Polar Picasso – Week 2: Snowflakes, Photography & Wilson Bentley

Our recap from week 2!Wilson Bentley photographed 5,000 snowflakes during his lifetime, never finding any two alike! His artful photos of snowflakes demonstrate how we find unity even in nature’s art forms. We created “metal” snowflake reliefs by gently burnishing painted foil.       

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Polar Picasso – Week 1: Picasso, Cubism & Mega-Masks

This week, we focused on his portrait paintings as we talked about balance. We noticed that many of the portraits he painted during his “Blue Period” show symmetrical balance.

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Kick Start – Week 5 Katsushinka Hokusai

This week, we discovered that Japanese artist Hokusai used wood block printing to create his famous work, The Great Wave.

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Kick Start – Week 4 Audubon & Bird Sculptures

This week we learned about the art of John James Audubon. Even as a young boy, Audubon had a passion for nature, namely birds.

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Kick Start – Week 3 Lichtenstein & Playground Portraits

Lichtenstein was inspired by comics and used the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) in his works.

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Kick Start – Week 2 Matisse & Heliograph prints

Kick Start Art Matisse week Pictures! We learned about shape and “painted with scissors” as we learned about Henri Matisse

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Kick Start Week 1- Van Gogh & Sunflowers

Check out some photos from our first class in our new art program: The Art Link. Our first Class is Kick Start Art and the kids are having lots of fun.

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