Friday, May 9, 2014

Chinese Cherry Blossoms

Students began by learning about cherry blossom festivals from all around the world, from Washington DC to Tokyo, Japan. We first designed a blue and white porcelain vase that is prominent all over China. Students then used several printing techniques to create the cherry blossoms coming out of the vase. During the final class, students learned to write several Chinese characters and how to create a red signature stamp. Cherry blossoms are a great and exciting way to welcome spring!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Frogs in Monet's Garden

PreK and Kinder students created these watercolor paintings in the style of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. We began by drawing several lily pads and painting over the background in cool colors. Ponds are usually blue or green but can also sometimes have a purple tint to them as well. Students then created a cut-out frog to add to the pond.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Glue Shoes

International Academy students continued the year with a different type of self-portrait. We did some detailed contour line drawings of our shoes in class. These drawings were then transferred onto a large paper and then traced over with a black glue. The black glue gives objects a nice and solid black outline that also shows a nice movement. Students extended the lines of the shoes out into the background and finished it off with some watercolor paint. These paintings are great because they show a great deal of the students personality, both in the style of shoe and the way it was painted.