Tuesday, May 31, 2011

AP Studio Art & Art History classes visit MOMA Field Trip Part I

Rousseau gets 1 thumb up from Amanda!

Senior members of my Modern Art History Class enjoying
an art scavenger hunt!  James bears a striking resemblance
to this famous Cezanne!

Em does a great impression of Frida,
although the hair is a bit long...
Ms. Diaz, Ms. Devito, Mr. Emery and all of our young artists and art historians outside the entrance to the MOMA

Enjoying a little Yoko Ono...

Relaxing in the sculpture garden after a day full o' art!
Lexi, do you see the sculpture on
Zach's head or is it just me?

Want to find out a little more about all of the art we saw, check Ms. Diaz' site by clicking the link below...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Artistic Seniors Share their work with 6th graders....

Shireen Kahn
Shireen's focus topic has led to wonderful work in the visual arts & exhibits this semester...this post journals a recent visit to my 6th grade class...
her topic,...
'In order to create an authentic museum experience, as defined in my first semester paper, must curatorial practices overlap with educational aims and programs of a special art exhibit. Why, or why not?'

One of Lexi's amazing watercolors.

 In the picture below, Darya and Dara work on mixed media pieces inspired by Lexi and the artists she shared with the group.

As part of Shireen's Senior Focus Project, she introduced a project inspired by the work of fellow senior, Lexi.
Here, Lexi explains aspects and influences on her work. 

Minsun Kim (Jodie)
Jodie visited another 6th grade class for a day of art history, analysis and 'dance?'
her topic...
'What is the nature of the divergence between art critics and the general educated audience’s interpretation of Matisse’s work?'

6th graders strike dancer poses ala

Jodie helped 6th graders interpret and
analyze 2 versions of this famous
painting by Matisse.
In this short video, Jodie assists the 6th graders as
they wrestle with the concept of 'harmony' as it does and
does not reveal itself through this painting.

Monday, May 9, 2011

25th Annual 5th grade 'Creating an Original Opera' huge success!!!!

Worlds of Preparation go into
the 5th grade Opera, now
in its 25th year!!!!
Painting the sets, everything by hand...
Set desgin, script, music all created and performed by the 5th grade!
Amazing creative work from the early stages, managing, advertising all the way to the finish line!
Voices, acting, and music were wonderful...
A more somber moment as students grieve their friend's pain and
wrestle with difficult issues...

 What a great way to celebrate 25 years with the opera at Dwight-Englewood.  Hard to believe that it was 15 years ago when I visited the newly built Bede Building and was introduced to Adam Murphy, a 5th grader at the time and writer for his class opera...I must admit that the obvious wisdom of the 'guru' seated before the computer far exceeded his age.  It is so great to see such an amazing tradition continue!

Congrats to everyone!  Parents, teachers, students, writers, musicians, technicians, actors and everyone who had a heart, hand or head involved in this years...'Creating an Original Opera!'