May 28, 2013

Neuberger Museum

4th Grade Explores African Art - By Casey J., Brendan G.
This is a mask. It was used for ceremonies, and to scare people and animals away. 
It's also a combination of animals. For example, the front horns are from a warthog, 
and the teeth are from an alligator. It's very cool.

We looked at a mask of a bird in a nest, and another of a baboon in the left corner. 
We did not get to wear it or touch it, but we visualized it. It was very cool. 

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 The Neuberger Museum offers free events the first Saturday of most months 
featuring tours, art workshops & performances!

May 20, 2013

Still Life

Paul C├ęzanne (1839–1906) studied apples, flowerpots, and rumpled tablecloths until he understood them as their basic shapes: spheres, cylinders, and cones. He made the objects look more real, more three-dimensional, by gradually shifting from one color to another.  

5th graders worked with Cezanne-like focus, 
examining Line and Shape in observational drawings.

Roman wall painting in Pompeii (around 70 AD)

Still life paintings were found on the interior of ancient Egyptian tombs. It was believed that food objects and other items depicted there would, in the afterlife, become real and available for use by the deceased. 

May 10, 2013

Picasso's Bouquet

2nd graders studied the careful overlapping of hands and stems, 
for a Picasso-inspired bouquet for Mother's Day.


" Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." - Pablo Picasso

May 1, 2013

Reverse Painting

“How did you did that?” That’s the first thing people say. The fourth graders made reverse paintings on transparent plates. First we drew an animal on a piece of paper. Next we colored the animal and sketched it on the paper. We used a lot of color. When we were done coloring it we put a clear plastic plate upside down over our work and traced it with permanent markers. The final draft was very cool and good. Then we covered the back with white acrylic paint which made the plate brighter so you can see it better. Finally we let it dry and the next day we came to the art room and saw our plates they were beautiful. So now you know how the fourth grade made the reverse painted plates. 

By Casey J, Cooper D

Color was applied to the back of the plate (reverse painting) with 
acrylics or permanent color markers. The results were bold and bright.