November/December Art Schedule CES
Thurs. Nov. 6 Rubel 11:45 Burton 1:00
Monday, Nov. 10 Grove 12:40
Thurs. Nov. 13 Ochoa 12:30 Castle 1:50
Friday Nov. 14 Mc Coy 9:15 Rivas 1:00
Monday, Nov. 17 Mr. G 1:50
Tues. Nov. 18 Sysock 12:30 Swaffar 1:50
Thurs. Nov. 20 Bogart 12:30 More 1:50
Friday Nov. 21 Burau 12:35
Monday, Nov. 24 Flint 1:50
Monday, Dec. 1 Palma 1:50
Tues. Dec. 2 Smith 12:40
Thurs. Dec. 4 Henry 12:40 Schaffer 1:50
Friday Dec. 5 Lassen 12:30
Tues. Dec. 9 Shepard 12:40
Thurs. Dec. 11 Machado 12:40
Friday, Dec. 12 Torres 12:30
Tues. Dec. 16 Olsen 12:40
The CES ART DOCENT program is currently in its fifteenth year and offers enrichment in the visual arts for all students of the school. The goals of the program are to stimulate a child’s awareness of art in cultural and historical contexts, and to guide students in creating original art work with various media: watercolor, pastel, paper collage, and clay. Units offer insight into the principles of art (i.e. composition, value) subject matter (i.e. still life vs. landscape), cultural themes (i.e. Mexican, Japanese) and historical themes (i.e. Greek and Egyptian art).
There are new units this year in most grades. Drawing lessons are appropriate at all grade levels. We are happy to accommodate you with a new art lesson to supplement a class study project, or a fun holiday theme art project, just let us know!
Anne Pentland continues as program coordinator. She depends on a few dedicated volunteers whose goals are continued, quality art instruction at CES. Scheduling changes or requests can be directed to Anne at home (942-5089), or at the docent office (942-9699), or you can leave a note in the mailbox in the school office. Thanks.
“One who works with his hands is a laborer. One who works with his hands and mind is an artisan. One who works with his hands, mind and heart is an artist”
Origami Magic: Oriental paper folding is introduced and students produce simple origami objects in brilliant colors. A story is read, incorporating information about the culture. 1 hr.
Clay Creatures: Imaginative creatures are created with “pull out” and incise techniques, with a visual presentation about fantasy elements. Children talk about their creatures: where they live, what they do, what they eat, what they like best, etc. Bisque fired. 1hr.
Drawing on Shapes: Children will learn to create pictures of familiar objects or animals from basic geometric shapes and a variety of lines. Colored paper and felt markers. 1 hr
Putting Stuff Together: Collage concepts and examples are introduced, showing Picasso, Braque, and Rauschenberg. Mixed media is used including cut or torn paper, yarn and markers, emphasizing shape and color to build an abstract composition. 1 hr.
Delightful Dinosaurs: Brief discussion of dinosaurs will accompany this drawing lesson. Chalk pastel on colored paper . 1 hr
Painting Rainbows: Discussion of color temperature (warm and cool),and color relationships in mixing (primaries make secondaries) to paint rainbows. White is added to create tints of the colors for the background. 1 ¼ hrs.
Still Life Impressionism: Discussion of the works of 19th century impressionist Claude Monet. Students use color mixing knowlegde to paint a still life of fruits and flowers, and will enjoy eating the fruit they just painted! 1 ¼ hrs.
Large Clay Animals: All kinds of animals are shown and discussed, including discussion about what they have in common and what is different. Students choose an animal to create, using “pull out” techniques for clay integrity, adding textures. Bisque fired, clear glazed. 1hr.
Rousseau’s Jungle: Students are introduced to Henri Rousseau, the French 19th century socalled “primitive painter” and his work. A dream like jungle scene is created using mixed media: oil pastels & watercolor. 1 hr.
Hand Made Paper: A brief history of paper making will begin our unit, emphasizing the importance of paper to human culture (books!) Students will experience paper making withdifferent batches of pulp, to make colored papers and textured papers. These will then be used to make special picture frames for gifts, or other classroom projects. 2 hrs, spaced apart.
Ocean in Motion: Beginning with a discussion of the ocean as a habitat for many kinds of life, students will then draw a picture including many of the plants and animals discussed. Watercolor. 1 ¼ hrs
Chinese New Year Dragons: Dragons in China symbolise good fortune. Students will create dragons with wax resist patterns and paint on paper. (Cloth dyeing possible if time allows). 1 ¼ hrs
Matisse Jazz Cutouts: The work of this versatile, century spanning artist is introduced, emphasizing his very last work, the colorful and lively cutouts. Concept of abstraction is introduced with emphasis on shape, color, composition. 1 ¼ hr.
Mood Masks: Clay is the medium used in this imaginative unit where children form a mask from a slab of clay the size of their face. Incise and add-on techniques are both incorporated. Moods and facial features associated with them are discussed. 1 hr.
Mixed Media Still Life: Children will interpret unfamiliar objects as familiar shapes in order to draw them. Simple perspective is introduced (putting the line of the table surface behind the objects.)We will look at examples of drawings and still life paintings to understand the historical context for still life drawing. Oil pastel and watercolor. 1 ¼ hr.
How to Read a Picture: The elements and principles of art are illustrated and explained using famous art works from Renaissance to Modern times. Students learn ways to interpret visual information and derive meaning, much as they do with verbal text. 3/4 hr.
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: Looking at Van Gogh’s paintings for inspiration, students create a painting using the elements of art as communication tools (i.e. somber colors= sadness, jagged lines=tension, simple shapes=peacefulness, bright colors=happiness). We will guess the moods we’ve painted in a group discussion following. 1 1/2 hrs.
Mexican Folk Suns: Using slab clay, children will create clay sculptures based on the sun motif from Mexican folk art. Incise and add-on techniques shown. Bisque fired, then color glazed. 2 hrs, spaced apart.
Birds of a Feather: The technique involves using a grid to make a small picture larger. Students grid their paper, draw their chosen bird and finish with watercolor pencils and paints. 1 3/4 hrs, spaced apart.
Sumi-E: After a discussion of Japanese brush painting, techniques are taught while painting traditional subjects from nature: bamboo stalks, leaves, etc. with black “ink” (paint). 1 1/2 hr.
Georgia O’Keefe’s Nature: After a study of O’Keefe’s large format compositions of flowers, students will paint a large flower or shell with chalk pastels. Discussion on color, contrast, positive/negative space, and composition. 1 ¼ hrs.
Holiday Paper Masks: Using only two colors of paper, images will be made with cut outs after discussion on symmetry and contrast.. Thinking of shapes, positive & negative space, using scissors only-no pencil! 1 hr
Rivera & The Mexican Masters: The work of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Orozco and others is presented, emphasizing traditional Mexican iconography. Students will paint with bright color and simplified, flattened shapes to recreate a Mexican painting. 2 1/2 hrs, spaced apart.
California Clay Maps: Using clay slabs, students will construct a state map in relief with landmarks they have learned about in class. Bisque fired and glaze finished. 1 3/4 hrs. spaced apart.
Animal Art: Children will select an animal to represent in a variety of media- watercolor, paper collage, pastel or paint. Discussion of media choice appropriate to “feeling” of animal, contrast, pattern, composition. 1 1/2 hr.
Stylized Self Portraits: After a study of master artists’ self-portraits, (i.e. da Vinci, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Kahlo) we will draw our own portraits, then color may be added with paint or pastel. 2 hrs, spaced apart.
Modern & Contemporary American Artists: A slide show of American Artists of the 20th century and how their work changed the trajectory and meaning of art. This unit is the precursor for monotype. 1/2 hr
Printed Paintings (Monotype): Using the work of Diebenkorn, Avery, Rothko, and Frankenthaler for inspiration, abstraction will be reviewed and students will learn about monotype printing and its potential for abstract imagery. 1 1/2hrs.
Aborigine Sculptures: Using animal and plant life seen on the Marin Headlands excursion, students will sculpt their choice using texture for interest in the manner of aborigine artists using dots and lines. Discuss composition of form, and clay building techniques such as pullout and add-on. Bisque fired, clear glazed. 1 hr.
3D Perspectives: We will explore the visual relationships from flat to 3 dimensional: square to cube, triangle to cone, circle to sphere, and then learn the rules of perspective (horizon line, vanishing point) to make simple perspective drawings of haunted houses or gingerbread houses (depending upon the time of year). 1 1/2 hrs.
Cave Art Paintings: Using reproductions of cave art paintings for inspiration and visual ideas, students paint large-scale images of a chosen animal with textural use of powdered and liquid tempera paint with sponge and brush on paper, utilizing earth colors and imagery as prehistoric people did. 1 hr.
The Case of the Mummy: Students will design and draw Egyptian mummy cases using Egyptian motifs and hieroglyphics. They will paint them in acrylic paints and finish with felt pen outlining and glitter. 3 hrs., spaced apart.
Greek Pottery, Black on Red: Using red clay, students will build a pot using the coil construction technique, smoothing the surface to receive the design. The next day, black underglaze is painted on, then incised into to reveal the red clay underneath. Discussion of form and decoration, balance of design colors (red and black), and Greek lettering. Bisque fired, clear glazed. 3 hrs, spaced apart.
Yosemite Collage Covers: After experiencing the awe inspiring vistas of Yosemite National Park, students create paper collage covers for their reports. The subject of the collage must be something found in the park: geographical features such as Half Dome or Yosemite Falls, or local flora or fauna such as the Giant Sequoias, deer or brown bears, or an experience remembered: singing by fire light, or walking in moonlight. Color, pattern, layering, and composition will be discussed. 1 1/2 hrs
Holiday Block Prints: Considering composition, positive and negative space, students create prints by cutting a rubber block with lino-cut tools. The design must be planned first by drawing. The drawing will be used as a template when carving the block. Printed with ink. 1 1/2 hrs.