Art Newsletter

Art Newsletter: April 2019
CONGRATULATIONS to 1st Graders, Fiorella Alvarado and Haonyou Lim and 2nd Grader Aunali Sherzai for becoming semi-finalists in the PS Art 2019 Show! Their artworks Flower Bird, My Bird in Blue and The Flying Lion, respectively, were chosen among 1000’s from all five boroughs. The finalists for the show will be chosen later in April in which the work will then be displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. So keep your fingers crossed and congratulate these wonderful students when you see them. Their amazing work will be up on the school website soon so keep your eyes open for it.
The Art Making Parent Engagement Workshop: Re-discovering Our Sense of Perception was a success. Families participated in discussions on seeing and not naming in order to slow down their thinking and perception and then enjoyed an afternoon of drawing. Both parents and students worked on observing either plants or sea shells and then created some great observational drawings that filled the page. Images of parent and student engagement will be up on the school website soon so keep an eye of for them as well.
A quick look at what has been happening in art:
The students city neighborhood prints are done and will soon be up in the kindergarten hallway. The students worked individually on their prints but then collaboratively to create their compositional city neighborhoods. The students enjoyed spreading out within the studio to work together in the true spirit of community.
With our neighborhood done the students will turn to studying all the different types of moods they feel and experience. Discussions will also consist of deciding and understanding how artists use different kinds of lines, shapes, color and size to convey moods. We will read the book Happy and then create our very own moody fish using oil pastels.
1st Grade
The dinosaurs are on their way. The students have finished their studies as well as their final enlarged dinosaur drawings. They are now exploring and taking noticings of the differences and similarities between soft pastels and oil pastels. They will then begin with the soft pastels to color in their dinosaurs in their own colorful and imaginative way and then move on to oil pastels to create the background scenes. They are getting messy but definitely having fun!
2nd Grade
The 2nd grade relief robots are almost done. Some classes will have one more day of gluing and then all will turn to paint to bring their robots alive. The students have done a good job connecting robot parts and building up to create their relief sculpture robot forms. The students have also drawn images of their robot environments since, the initial question was how and where their robots moved: on land, in the sky or in the water. Once the robots are done students will return to their drawings and add watercolors to it.
3rd Grade
The students have finished their color pencil cultural designs and did a great job using their rubrics and giving each other feedback throughout the process. The students are now beginning their value studies as they work with paint to create tints and shades of one to two different colors. After this study the students will paint the other side of their leaves which will then be cut out and placed into the 3rd grade trees of life installation.
4th Grade
Final critiques will be held this week and next on students’ Identity Abstract Landscapes. Discussions will circle back to revisiting the work of Jordan Nassar and sharing how his work influenced and/or connects to student work. As well as the process of creation and the use of resources. The students have been working hard and the results are wonderful, color and pattern rich personal landscape abstraction.
5th Grade
The collages are done and some of the students struggled with creating an asymmetrical face. They had to consistently tell themselves to change size and angles as they worked to show multiple perspectives within the one portrait. It was a good fight and now they are ready for paint. The students are moving onto studying the shapes of the face in order to understand how and where to apply the next layer. Here the students will begin to understand the subtle changes and curves of the face to see how Picasso used this understanding to simplify the shapes of the face to create his cubist portraits.
And remember look at art, think about art and make art!!
If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to email at or call the school to set up a meeting during Parent Engagement time on Tuesdays 2:20-3:00pm after school.