Artistic Inspiration - Finding Inspiration in different Artists and Styles
Touring with the Artists
Parents and friends were invited to the Annual Art Expo. Third-year Primary, Elementary and Middle School art students gave a presentation on some of their projects for the year and then gave their parents a tour of their artwork hanging throughout the school. Art Teacher, Carole Golcher, was honored and celebrated for her work in encouraging the artist in each of our students and acknowledged for her decades of contribution to our community as she begins her retirement.
Mrs. Golcher spoke about this year’s theme “Artistic Inspiration.” All year the students have been inspired by famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Klee and contemporary artists such as Shirley Vauvelle and Elizabeth St. Hillare. Inspiration also came from the different style and periods of art such as Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Surrealism, and Abstract Art. The students used a wide variety of mediums, explored different techniques, and learned the elements of design and principles of art.
The student artists used these inspirations to create their own twists on famous works of art. For example, after looking at Van Gogh’s ‘Fourteen Sunflowers in a Vase,” Primary and Lower Elementary students created a twist on that famous painting. Primary students used their observational skills to see the nuances and differences between the sunflowers in the painting. Next they created four unique sunflowers with oil pastels and watercolors, exploring the process of resist at the same time. Lower Elementary students transformed the famous painting into a multi-media collage. Backgrounds were created using a printing process with bubble wrap and a printing roller.
Upper Elementary students did an excellent job interpreting the very famous painting by Van Gogh “The Starry Night.” Zentangles were used to create the swirling stars and sky and acrylic paint was used for the village. Zentangles are abstract drawings using repetitive patterns done in black and white.
Middle School students looked at examples of Narrative Art-art that tells a story. We discussed the narrative qualities of work done by Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and others. After creating their own narratives, students created their narrative work on canvas board and acrylic paint.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.