This month she has curated a
film photography series
at Gravy Studio in Philadelphia, P.A.
Did you know that Ms. Reynolds is a practicing artist?!
This month she has curated a
film photography series
at Gravy Studio in Philadelphia, P.A.
This collection follows five Philadelphia-based photographers who've traveled near and far, from places such as the shore towns of Wildwood, NJ and Atlantic City, NJ to Williams, Arizona and Miami Beach, FL, searching for inspiration in the leisurely and recreational activities that define the American consciousness.Images of mid-century motels and diners, rodeos, carnivals, and classic cars, seen through the eyes of photographers Matt Hurst, Lauren Klein, Katie Reynolds, Katie Tackman, and Jesse Todd populate American Leisure. Inspired by the work of John Baeder, Robert Frank, William Eggleston, and Robert Adams this series of 35mm and 120 film photographs offer a glimpse at how average Americans spend their time and providing a link between the past and present.
Find out more about the exhibit here
Mata Ortiz is a small village in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The village of Mata Ortiz has recently seen a revival of an ancient Mesoamerican pottery tradition. Inspired by pottery from the ancient city of Paquimé, which traded as far north as New Mexico and Arizona and throughout northern Mexico, modern potters are producing work for national and international sale. This new artistic movement is due to the efforts of Juan Quezada, the self-taught originator of modern Mata Ortiz pottery, his extended family and neighbors. Mata Ortiz pots are hand built without the use of a potter’s wheel. Shaping, polishing and painting the clay is entirely done by hand, often with brushes made from children’s hair. All materials and tools originate from supplies that are readily available locally.
Here are a view images of our featured artist Juan Quezada creating his signature hand made pottery.
Week one: Sculpting Gallery
Student quote of the day: "Wow! I could really see myself doing this for a living!"
Connecting to the National visual arts standards
Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. (Week 3)
Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work. (Week 2)
Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. (Week 1)
Essential Questions: How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures? How are artworks cared for and by whom? How does one determine criteria to evaluate a work of art?
Featured Videos & Literatures
-"The Pot That Juan Built" By Nancy Andrews- Goebel
- Making a Mata Ortiz Pot (Video)
- Juan Quezada's Website
4th and 5th grade students will be learning about the history and celebrations of Dia de los Muertos. In honor of the holiday we will be creating clay "model magic" sugar skulls sculptures!
Dia de los Muertos is a 3,500 year old celebration that dates back to the ancient Aztecs. It's also known as the day of the dead. Every November 1st and 2nd the people of Mexico honor their lost loved ones. Sugar Skulls have been a large part of Dia de los Muertos since 17th century.
Our sugar skulls are made out of clay instead of sugar and highlight our understanding of form and balance within a 3-dimensional work of art.
Student Art Gallery
Kindergarten and 1st grade students are learning about and making paper picados, a Mexican folk art!
("perforated paper", "pecked paper") is a decorative craft made out of paper cut into beautiful and elaborate designs. It is considered a Mexican folk art. The designs are commonly cut from coloured tissue paper using a guide or template and small chisels, creating as many as forty banners at a time. Papel picado can also be made by folding tissue paper and using small, sharp scissors. Common themes include birds, floral designs, and skeletons.
Lancashire students are kicking off the school year creating fabulous pictures of themselves. When artists draw, paint, photograph, or sculpt an image of themselves it is called a self-portrait.
A self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist.
connecting to the Standards
Reviewing important studio practices and procedures is a great way to start the School year. Every student at Lancashire is thinking about (EQ) how artist care for and maintain art materials.
I Can statements
This school year we will be traveling around the world in art class learning about cultural folk art!
As you prepare for the school year take some time to think about the following things...
(VA:Cr1.2) How does knowing the contexts, history, and traditions of art help us create works of art?
(VA:Cr2.3) How do objects, places, and design shape lives and communities?
(Va:Pr6.1) How do collected, preserved, or presented artifacts and artworks cultivate appreciation and understanding?
(VA:Re.7.1) How does learning about art impact how we perceive the world?
(Va:Cn11.1) How does art help us understand the lives of people from different times, places, and cultures.
If you are an artist or know a local folk artist please get in touch! I would like to schedule a few visiting artists for the school year to share their work and participate in a student let Q&A!
Last week Magda Rondeau, parent and local artist, came to visit the art room. Magda brought in a painting of her daughter Alexandra for the students to view along with the supplies she used to create it! Our 3rd grade students were excited to practice their "responding to art" skills through questions and comments!
Our national standards say...
"Individual aesthetic and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with art can lead to understanding and appreciation or self, others, the natural world, and constructed environments."
-Painters Palette -Photograph
-Palette knife -Portrait
-Paint Brush -Easel
-Oil Paint -Painting
Spring is finally here and our "Only One You" themed rock fish have started swimming their way out to Carrcroft's the nature trail!
If you would like to decorate a rock with your family to add to the trail join us Thursday May 17th from 6:00PM - 7:30PM at Carrcroft Elementary School!
We will have rocks donated by Martin Landscaping and Penny Hill Landscaping, acrylic paint, brushes, and markers!
Kindergarten and second grade students made their very own clay beads this week in art class! We used polymer clay to create one of a kind beads that we baked in the oven. While our beads were baking we researched different ways to make symmetry and patterns in jewelry. Students were given the opportunity to explore a variety of plastic, glass, wood, and clay beads before creating their necklace!
After our beads cooled from the oven, each student was given the opportunity to build their one of a kind necklace. Over the course of this three week lesson we spent time revising and changing our designs. In the gallery below, count how many necklaces feature a symmetrical design and how many feature a pattern!
A special thank you goes out to Joy Davis for donating 8 boxes of unique beads to the art room!
Essential Questions: What role does persistence play in revising, refining and developing artwork? How do artists grow and become accomplished in art forms? How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective? How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?
-talk with others about how i made my art. (VA:Cr3.1.2a)
-improve my art skills over time by trying new materials and tools. (VA:Cr2.1.ka)
In our gallery can you identify which necklaces feature symmetrical designs and which necklaces showcase patterns? Can you find a work of art that features both?
3rd and 4th grade students spend three weeks learning about the forms and functions of masks through time and across cultures. Using plaster and a variety of animal and human mask molds each students created their own mask with it's own personal meaning! As you can see in the example below, one 4th grader created a mask from the 90's movie "The Mask". This movie was meaningful to him because it is his dad's favorite movie and he enjoyed watching it with him for the first time.
A brief history of mask making
The use of masks in rituals or ceremonies is a very ancient human practice across the world, although masks can also be worn for protection, in hunting, in sports, in feasts, or in wars – or simply used as ornamentation. Some ceremonial or decorativemasks were not designed to be worn.
Connecting to the National
Visual Art Standards
We are synthesizing and relating knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Essential Question: How does engaging in creating art enrich people's lives?
I Can Statement: I can create works of art that reflect community cultural traditions
Decisions made by students during our creative process:
-Is your mask functional or decorative
-Is your mask based on personal interests, historical reference, or cultural connections.
-How can you use form and color to convey your masks theme?