These last past weeks have been FULL of ceramics! Every single class in HT has had the opportunity to make a ceramic work of art…so parents expect your children to come home with clay art very, VERY soon (if they haven’t already)!
Students have been glazing their pieces and they are going right into the kiln afterwards.
Glazing is a very interesting process because the colors do NOT look like what you’d expect them to. So I have to explain and show the students what the colors will really look like when they come out of the kiln.
Since 7th grade made pinch pots, I seized the opportunity to teach the students about Greek vessels and the various vessel shapes. They selected a shape, practiced it, and then made a final copy.
This is a scratch away piece. So students color in their vases with an oil pastel, followed by painting in with a special scratch away paint. Once the paint is dry, the students use special greek design sheets to scratch designs into their vessels.
How cool are these?
We are on a theme right now with the younger grades, and that is Ladybugs…ladybugs in 3D versions and 2D versions.
As you seen in the previous post, the students created a 3D ladybug using the clay. To keep with our theme, I had kindergarten create a collagraph version of a ladybug. They had to also draw their ladybug’s “habitat” (we’re using fancy words here!). We then used printing ink and rollers to create a stamped work of art. It’s an advanced art technique, but our kindergarteners were totally able to rise to the challenge. And they turned out beautiful
Take a look at our collagraphs!
We are now moving on the “glazing” process of ceramics. 2nd grade began the glazing process of their ladybug.
And last but not least here is our lovely kiln with freshly bisqued artwork! Isn’t just lovely. The kids have been so excited to see their pieces bisqued!
It’s absolutely refreshing to be back after a wonderful 2 week break. I hope everyone had a lovely Pesach break! Right before we went on break, my after school ceramics program had just started. I’ve got a great group of kids and we hit the ground running on our first day. We learned about “wedging” clay and created our first piece which is a texture pinch pot.
They look really Great and I can’t wait for when the kids will get to GLAZE their work!
Now that we are back from break, I am beginning to introduce clay to most of the grades. We are beginning by learning clay vocabulary such as greenware, leatherware, bisque, slip, score, coil, and slab. I then let the students play with the clay so they can get familiar with the texture, since it is different from the modeling clay we have used in the past.
::: Apparently I took a video, but it turned out so cute: I had to share 🙂 :::
Look at the adorable lady bugs kindergarten made today in art!! Can’t wait to create more ceramics with HT!
It’s that time of the year where we come together and honor our outstanding Hillel Torah Artists as well as other young Skokie artists. The SOAR art show will be this Wednesday from 5-6:30 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts located at 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077. We will be honoring the following artists:
- Kindergarten: Rina Felemovicius
- 2nd Grade: Shaina Lennon and Joshua Zaff
- 6th Grade: Andrew Bersson, Emma Felix, Kayla Kupietzky, Hersch Linzer, Audrey Perlman, Cara Rosenberg, Adam Schwartz, Charlie Singer, Noah Strahlberg, and Phoebe Wolmark
- 8th Grade: Noi Cohen, Tehilah David, Danni Glass and Simone Miller
In addition to being recognized for their phenomenal talents they will also have their awards presented to them by the Mayor of Skokie!
Please view our artists from last year’s show and stay tuned for an updated picture of this year’s artists!
This week has been jam packed with so many different art projects, that I am referring to it as the Art Buffet. And the title is actually very fitting for the first project I am going to introduce you to:
Now Presenting: My Favorite Family Meal
Students in 5th grade were asked to write about their favorite family meal in their sketchbooks. They had to go into detail with it: who makes it, how often do they get to eat it, what’s in it, how does it taste, how is made, etc. After the written description they had to draw a picture of it and THEN they were asked to create a paper collage of the meal. They came out fantastic, and I was super appreciative of students adding details such as silverware, ice cubes, spices, etc. It’s the little things that make all the difference in a masterpiece 😉
Next up: Weaving with 3rd Grade
I introduced 3rd and 4th graders to the wonderful world of weaving. This was a very in depth process and both grades rose to the challenge. They learned how to thread a loom and how to weave and switch colors. They got really into it: the concentration levels were through the roof!
Under the Sea Value Studies & Perspective with 4th Grade
I know….I know….I love under the sea stuff….this will be the last ocean inspired project for a while! I promise. Anyhoo, I taught 4th grade how to paint using value with watercolor. This week they added sea creatures using perspective. I asked them to pretend they’re at the bottom of the ocean and they had to draw large and small fish in relation to how close they were to them aka Perspective!
Matisse with Kindergarten
Not only do I love under the sea creatures: I also love the artist Henri Matisse! Kindergarten learned about the wonderful artist Matisse and his use of bright colors and patterns. I taught them how to illustrate one of his most famous patterns too!
All in all: a very lovely week full of variety!
The last 2 weeks Kindergarten and 1st grade have been working on “Under the Sea” art. I am such a huge fan of the ocean and sea life. As a kid I would pretend I was mermaid: so teaching my students how to draw under the sea life is always super exciting for me. In the weeks prior to, I had the students create a water color wax resist to create some beautiful, realistic-ish waves. We used oil pastels to create wave lines and painted over them with blue paint.
When we came back to art class the following week I taught the students how to illustrate various sea life: we drew “schools” of fish, crabs, jellyfish, sharks, and sea turtles. I demonstrated how sea weed moves with the water. The kids were super engaged!
Take a look at what Kindergarten created today!
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I asked my 3rd grade class to create artwork based on their own dreams. I asked the students to trace their own hand and I showed them how to add some more realistic features, such as fingernails and knuckles.
I then had the kids create a dream bubble and asked them to illustrate their own dreams inside the bubble. I left it pretty open ended. I encouraged them to think of dreams that are good for mankind, but if that was not their cup of tea, then they were more than welcome to use their own ideas. This of course made for some hilarious results as well as some super sweet and endearing ones.
Please take a look at what we created this past week.
6th and 8th Grade are continuing with their tessellation artwork and they are turning out SO cool!
Cara Rosenburg is currently working on a moose tessellation! AMAZING!! The final results should be ready by next week so stay tuned!!
2017 is looking very promising! The Art room is about to have a wonderful new addition to the program in the next couple months and I’d like to keep it a little secret until it’s officially here. The suspense shouldn’t last too long because I am anticipating our new addition in a few weeks: so bear with me!
This week I got to visit the “Little Littles”, as I call them, at the Nursery school. My trip up to the North Woods of Wisconsin over Winter Break (which was FULL of snow), inspired me to create a snowman project for my Nursery school students. Although we didn’t have snow at the time, ya’ll know it’s just a matter of time before we do! This is winter in Chicago we’re talking about over here!
I asked the Little Littles to arrange their snowmen in the “correct order” smallest circle to biggest and they had to glue them down. We added hats, scarves, eyes, carrot nose, and arms.
We finished by adding Snow with white paint all around the snowman for an extra wintery effect!
This project had a variety of elements: cutting and using scissors for the 4 year olds, arranging by size, gluing, assembling, and painting. It was all in all, a very good project for the age group with super cute results!
….Meanwhile back in the main building…
6th & 8th grade are learning about M.C. Escher and tessellations!
I taught the students how to make their own tessellations and I’ve got to say: they got so into it you could hear a pin drop in the classroom. They were amazed at the fact that they were able to create something that could fit perfectly from all directions.
They will get to figure what their tessellations resemble next week!
We are officially on a mini Thanksgiving break and I wanted to be sure that my 5th graders were able to finish up their collage faces inspired by contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu. Students were introduced to the genre of Surrealist Art first, through a slideshow that showcased artists Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.
I asked my 5th graders to be creative when it came to creating their collage faces. They had to construct a face that only used 2-3 human features at most and they had to be “innovative” with the rest. They did not disappoint!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break filled with lots of food & love!!
P.S! Parents, I am accepting donations in the forms of magazines! My current stock of magazines are cut up, used and abused – we are in desperate need of some fresh ones please. If anyone has any magazines at home or at an office that they can donate to the art program – it would be greatly, GREATLY appreciated 🙂