|Michael Catalano Artist & Educator||
If you were famous what would you be famous for ?
Students looked at the famous celebrity screen prints of Andy Warhol. They were asked if they were famous what would they be famous for? This student desired to explore outer space and become an astronaut and become famous for discovering a new galaxy. The students realized their portraits through the relief printmaking process.
Pop Art Inspired Paper Maché Sculptures
Students looked at the sculptures of Claes Oldenburg and noticed the scale, color and materiality of the artwork. A group discussion on the art movement of Pop Art and why Claes Oldenburg's sculptures are part of the movement was facilitated. Students then created a preliminary sketch of what their favorite food looks like and shared it with the class. They then learned the meaning of a "sculpture in the round" and the art principle of form. Students brought their preliminary sketches to life with their own paper maché constructed favorite food Pop Art inspired sculptures.
Mexican Bark Painting
Third grade students learned about the Myan culture by looking at Chichen Itza. They learned that Chichen Itza was the city center and that the Myans used natural resources in the surrounding jungle for supplies. The Amate tree produces bark that the ancient Mexican cultures used for recording data, correspondence and making art. We created paintings that depicted jungle scenes that had non-patterned repetition and visual movement. Students finished their paintings by adding white accents to balance their composition.
Visual Literacy: Decoding Meaning
One of the aims of art education is for students to create and express meaning. After clean-up students are paired up to read and decode each artwork's meaning. Students chose a speaker to share their interpretation with the class.
First grade students looked at Alexander Calder’s mobile, Lobster Trap and Fish Tail as inspiration for their own mobiles. We identified interior and exterior lines and learned that Calder’s mobiles were kinetic. Students created continuous line drawings of fish without picking up their pencil. They then added 4 inside (interior) lines. We then traced our drawings using easy bend colored wire. Students pushed their fine motor skills by connecting their fish and constructing their mobiles. They then added hanging geometric shapes to make their mobiles truly kinetic.
Ceramic Free Draw Tiles
Students had an opportunity to draw freely and incorprate things that were important to them. They then took their favorite drawings and brought them into the third dimension by sculpting them into clay tiles. The tile to the left was one of the students experiences in ballet class. The one below was a a piece of a comic strip of Zombies that the student had been ferociously working on for days. Both turned out different beautiful 3D renditions of their drawings in unique ways that showcased the student's choice and voice.
Newtown's own Bates Motel
Students were taught linear perspective. They chose their favorite building around Newtown and created a reinterpreted postcard of it in their own way. This student turned an old historic inn into its haunted version. He labeled it "From Newtown to the Bates Motel."
African Inspired Ancestral Human / Animal