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SC Summer Art Camp


Summer Art Camp was a week of get your hands dirty, get your brain thinking fun.  First students dived into more in-depth learning about Pablo Picasso.  They have studied Picasso throughout the year.  Picasso has taught the students to breakdown what they see into more manageable pieces.  Don’t look at the final picture until you have looked at each part, then put it all together.  They completed a collaboration piece of Picasso’s, “The Three Musicians,” working individually on their own piece, the emphasis was placed on proportion.  Students all explored different mediums working in colored pencil and marker.  When all of the pieces finally came together they realized how important each individual piece is and how important proportion can be for the final product.


Diving deeper into the study of Picasso, we learned how he had several periods: the blue period, the rose period, his Cubism period.  We learned that his emotions helped drive his choice of color when he created these works.  Picasso’s works grew more abstract, harder, and darker with the progression of Nazi Germany and the rise of Adolf Hitler.  Picasso was sending the world a message through his art work of the atrocities that were happening to Jewish and Polish people, to name a few.  


We finished up our work with Picasso and decided to head outside for sketching.  Students sat on the front terrace and enjoyed the sun, fresh cut grass, and the occasional truck driver honking their horn while they sketched the pasture across the road.  Students enjoyed some free time and sketching their own ideas during downtimes.  Afterwards students enjoyed working with polymer clay, creating miniatures of summertime treats.  Working with the polymer clay, students worked on fine motor skills while kneading and rolling the tough clay.


Next students were introduced to the works of Master Artists: Leonardo DaVinci and Jackson Pollock.  We started by reading the books, “Leonardo and the Flying Boy,” and “Action Jackson.”


We learned how Action Jackson was famous for his “action” or performance art.  Students went outside, found natural resources for paintbrushes and worked from all edges of their paintings.  Paint dribbled, swirled, and flew across the canvases.  After hanging everything up to dry, we went back inside to learn more about Pollock’s early works.  


Pollock was greatly influenced by his hometown upbringing in Cody, Wyoming.  He loved traditional Native American sand art.  After watching a short video students created their own temporary sand art masterpiece.  



“Splatter,” was short book that took them on a journey with red, yellow, and blue and “what" made primary and secondary colors so important to the world of art.  Primary, secondary, and neutral colors is an LtoJ concept that students will always need to know.  To assist with their retention of these concepts we created an edible color wheel with frosting and vanilla wafers.  Students mixed primary colors together to create secondary and neutral colors.  Then they had to place the secondary colors in the correct location to show which two colors were needed to created the secondary color.


Leonardo was the artist that created the Mona Lisa, among other incredible pieces of art.  In the Mati and Dada video: https://youtu.be/eEy0njL4DDI, we learned that, “what?” is the answer to many of our questions.  If we ask ourselves what, and seek for what, we will find the answer.  Friday we looked at the science of art.  We asked ourselves, “What is the difference between primary and secondary colors?”  “What is a neutral color?”  “What is the simplest shape, that everything starts with?”  After several attempts to answer that question we learned from Peter H. Reynolds, “the Dot,” is the beginning of every great masterpiece.  We also used some science to learn how to make Kool-Aid playdough.   https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/no-cook-kool-aid-playdough


Before the end of art camp, we sat down and looked at our mini portfolios.  We looked at our Pollock inspired masterpieces as they hung gallery style in the hallway.  Each student gave their artist statement orally to class, discussing what motivated them to create their artwork and what feelings each others art made them feel.  We learned to give each other grace, allowing each other to express our own feelings, and as always working within our art class motto, “there are never any mistakes in art, just new and creative ways of doing things.”   Several of us learned that sometimes art can be frustrating, difficult, even annoying, not everyone enjoys every style or medium in art, but with persistence and simply trying…we can all create, inspire, and ourselves and each other.