Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Animal Collages, Inspired by Eric Carle

Students in Pre-K/Kindergarten finished off the school year by making Eric Carle inspired animal collages.  We've read and enjoyed many of Eric Carle's books throughout the year, so this was a fun project for us!

We learned that Eric Carle is both an author AND illustrator, meaning he writes the stories and makes the artwork for his books.   To make his collage style artwork, he first paints tissue paper using different colors, brushstrokes, and patterns.  Once dry, he uses this paper to cut out shapes and build pictures that show his story.

Illustrations by Eric Carle

To make our Eric Carle inspired collages, we began by creating painted paper.   Each student painted an entire sheet of paper using just one color.  Next, they used a second color to add a pattern - a design or shape that repeats itself.  Some students used paintbrushes to do this, while others used paper towel tubes, sponges, or cardboard to stamp/print their design.

The following class, we read Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. We were excited by all the different animals in this story and looked for shapes used by Carle to build each animal.  Many students loved the purple cat and thought it was kind of crazy considering cats aren't purple in real life.   A fun thing about being an artist: sometimes you can make things crazy colors if you feel like it!

Image from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - by Eric Carle

Students then set out to make their own animal collages.  Our painted paper from last week had been cut into squares and shared at each table.  Everyone chose an animal to make and then thought about shapes that could be used to build it.  Using the painted paper, we cut and glued our animals to a large sheet of white paper.  To finish our artwork, we used markers and crayon to add extra details and a background.

Here are some finished examples of our animal collages.  What do you see?

Adella - Ms. York

Aela - Ms. York

Alex - Ms. Tanguay 

Christina - Ms. York

Erika - Mr. McSweeny

Isaiah - Ms. Tanguay

Joel - Ms. Tanguay

Lily - Ms. Tanguay

Lucia - Ms. Tanguay

Maya - Mr. McSweeny

Nicholas - Mr. McSweeny

Paige - Ms. Tanguay

Parand - Ms. York

Samvel - Ms. Tanguay

Sebastian - Ms. York

Nicky - Mr. McSweeny

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pinch Pot Monsters

1st graders at Cunniff had fun creating Pinch Pot Monsters out of clay. Students were excited to work with clay, an art supply that comes right from the earth.  We used an air-dry clay and practiced using a scratch-attach method to build our monsters.  

Charlotte - Ms. Hager

We began by creating a pinch pot - a ceramic pot made by pinching clay into a pot or cup shape. Next, we turned our pinch pot on it's side and used extra clay to create monster features like eyes, teeth, and tongues.   To join pieces of clay together, a scratch-attach method was used.  This is done by scoring (or scratching) the clay and adding a watery clay mixure, called slip.  Students attached clay as securely as they could, smoothing out any cracks with the slip mixture.  

Once our clay was dry, we brought our monsters to life by adding brightly colored paint.   Each monster came out unique and students were very excited to check out everyone's creations!

Brooke - Ms. DeFabritiis

Enkido - Ms. Hager

Eric - Ms. Hager

Jacob - Ms. DeFabritiis

Lila - Ms. DeFabritiis

Logan - Ms. DeFabritiis

Luciana - Ms. DeFabritiis

Maya - Ms. DeFabritiis

Nathan - Ms. Hager

Olivia - Ms. Hager

Santiago - Ms. DeFabritiis

Sophia - Ms. DeFabritiis

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Abstract Art, Inspired by Frank Stella

Students in 2nd grade recently created abstract art inspired by artist Frank Stella. Stella grew up in Massachusetts (which we thought was pretty neat) and has made many forms of artwork during his career - including painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

Sydney - Ms. Cifrino

After viewing examples of Stella's work, we noticed that his art doesn't seem show a specific subject (like a person, place, or thing).   It's style is abstract, meaning it focuses more on line, shape, and color.  The way Stella arranged these things, or the composition, helps make his artwork even more interesting.  Composition is important in all the art we make, including abstract art.

Frank Stella - "Harran II"

Frank Stella - "Extracts"

Frank Stella - "Jungli Kowwa"

Students really enjoyed viewing Stella's sculpture style paintings and pointed out what each shape reminded them of.  It was great that we could all see different things in the same painting!

Frank Stella - “Pachanak” 1979

We then created our own abstract art inspired by Frank Stella using recycled cardboard pieces.  We started with a large base and added smaller shapes on top. We tried to create an interesting composition by moving the shapes around a few times before gluing them down.  Students were encouraged to overlap and extend past the edges of their base. This helped our artwork grow in size and appear more three dimensional.

The following class we painted our compositions, making each shape within our artwork look unique by using different colors and patterns.



Here are some examples of our finished work:

Adrianna - Ms. Cifrino

Alex - Ms. Breen

Alexa - Ms. Breen

Angelina - Ms. Breen

Callum - Ms. Lacy

Debora - Ms. Lacy

Edward - Ms. Lacy

Ella - Ms. Cifrino

Elle - Ms. Lacy

Jaiden - Ms. Cifrino

Jaime - Ms. Lacy

Lauren - Ms. Cifrino

Lucy - Ms. Lacy

Maddox - Ms. Breen

Madison - Ms. Cifrino

Nakeena - Ms. Cifrino

Nour - Ms. Breen

Rebecca - Ms. Lacy

Sylvia - Ms. Cifrino

Vincent - Ms. Lacy