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Art Class

Welcome to the colorful world of art!

Dear families,
One of my absolute favorite things is to watch and experience the creative process with all of my students. The excitement they feel while seeing their ideas come to life is truly contagious! I will be sharing some of these experiences throughout the year, so check back to see what is going on in the world of art!
Thanks,
Alison Hoffman

Alisonh@traversechildrenshouse.org

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Alison Hoffman
Alison Hoffman, Art
B.A. Northern Michigan University, Art Education
The Children's House experience (2007- present):
Classroom Support and Substitute
Summer Art Program

 

Classroom Highlights

Jamie’s class - Art 4/14/22

In afternoon art classes we have been working on a sculpture study.

Students sanded wood blocks, straightened wire coat hangers and and learned that knee high hosiery could be used as an art material.  Once the hosiery was stretched over the wire and block, the students began bending and tweaking the wire form until they were satisfied with their abstract shape.  The sculptures were then coated in three layers of a glue substance to stiffen them, painted with white acrylic, and finally color was added.  It has been quite a long process, but the results are stunning!

Glue Layer

Painted Layer

Sandra’s Class - Art 2/23/22

This time of year, when it tends to be gray no matter what time of day it is, I like to find some projects with COLOR.  So Lower El classes have been introduced to the artist Paul Klee.  His work is both abstract and colorful.  We discussed as a class his use of shapes and line in his work and especially focused on his painting titled, Castle with Sun.  His use of geometric shapes to make up his castle looks similar to building blocks.  Students used rulers and circle tracers to draw and build their own castles.  They then used black sharpie to trace over their lines and shapes.  Then comes the color!  Students are using watercolor to fill in the geometric shapes of their creations.  They were given a brief lesson on two different watercolor techniques and we discussed the reason for the name “watercolor”...It takes lots of water!  The students have really gotten into this project and the colorful castles are a bright ray in the midst of all the gray. 

Art- Nadine’s Class 2/10/22

 

This time of year, when it tends to be gray no matter what time of day it is, I like to find some projects with COLOR.  So Lower El classes have been introduced to the artist Paul Klee.  His work is both abstract and colorful.  We discussed as a class his use of shapes and line in his work and especially focused on his painting titled, Castle with Sun.  His use of geometric shapes to make up his castle looks similar to building blocks.  Students used rulers and circle tracers to draw and build their own castles.  They then used black sharpie to trace over their lines and shapes.  Then comes the color!  Students are using watercolor to fill in the geometric shapes of their creations.  They were given a brief lesson on two different watercolor techniques and we discussed the reason for the name “watercolor”...It takes lots of water!  The students have really gotten into this project and the colorful castles are a bright ray in the midst of all the gray.

Jamie’s Class - Art  1/12/22

We began a new project in art classes last week that I am very excited about!  Prior to the holiday break, UE students were working on a study in shading techniques.  We will continue that practice in our current project, but it first begins with a sculpture.  Students sanded wood blocks, straightened wire coat hangers and and learned that knee high hosiery could be used as an art material.  The sculptures are abstract shapes that will be coated in a glue substance, painted white, and then used as an object to draw and shade.  Once the drawings are finished, the students will have the ability to paint their sculptures any way they would like.  Here are some examples of what they accomplished last week.

Junior High 12/15/21

Currently, the JH students are finishing up a 5 week unit in ceramics.  They were introduced to the task of creating a “set.”  This could include a set of cups, plates, bowls or really anything they could think of to create a set.  The most difficult challenge for this task is to create similar objects out of clay to make them look like they match or belong together.  Most students realized that they had bigger dreams than our timeframe allowed and had to simplify their projects down in order to finish on time.  Tomorrow will be our final class together for this unit, where students will be focusing on putting the last strokes of glaze on their clay pieces so they are ready for a kiln firing.

Karin’s class 12/1/21

In afternoon art classes the students have been working on Value Studies.  We began by practicing four different shading techniques: blending, hatching, cross-hatching and stippling.  They practiced each technique on a small gradient scale, learning to go from light to dark in each discipline.  We then moved onto our Value Study project and the students were able to choose which technique they liked best in practice to use for their final project.  We are working on a study in layers and learning how to make the layers sink by using shading techniques.  It is a difficult project to put into words so I thought I would provide some visual examples.  Most are currently on their second and third layers and they are looking amazing!

Sandra's Class 11/10/21

Students in afternoon art classes have been turned into Architects!  They have been tasked with designing and creating their own mini pop-up dream home. We began by discussing all the possibilities for rooms in their homes and created a list on the board.  We then chatted about what might be in some of these rooms.  For example, a candy room would need excessive storage space for all the jars of candy in it as well as a comfy chair for sitting and enjoying the sweet treats!  We then took our discussion into shelving and furniture and I showed them two different ways of drawing these.  The first was at eye level, and the second included some perspective.  Once all of the discussion was over, we folded and created the first room of their dream house and the students proceeded to create their space.  It has been a very creative and fun project thus far and I can’t wait to see all of the rooms they design.  I’m hoping someone thinks of a bathroom at some point, but for now, it has not been a priority.  

Nadine’s Class 10/27/21

In afternoon art classes, as per tradition, the students have been working to design their placemats to use for the year during lunch.  As always, the designs are extensive and fairly detailed.  I always enjoy seeing the student’s personalities come through in their art, notably so when it is such a personal project to them.  Every year I hear multiple students tell me, as they are working on their current placemat, that they already know what they will be creating the following year!  I love this enthusiasm and look just as forward to this project each year as much as the students do.

Jamie’s Class 9/29/21

Welcome back to afternoon art classes!  As per tradition, the students have been working to design their placemats to use for the year during lunch.  As always, and especially in upper el, the designs are extensive and fairly detailed.  I always enjoy seeing the student’s personalities come through in their art, notably so when it is such a personal project to them.  Every year I hear multiple students tell me, as they are working on their current placemat, that they already know what they will be creating the following year!  I love this enthusiasm and look just as forward to this project each year as much as the students do.