Monday, May 11, 2020

What Have EES Students Been Making?

There is boundless creativity going on at this time! 
Here are some of the many, many artworks that students have been making at home.
I'd love to see what you have been making. Ask a grownup to help you send some photos of your classwork. 
Here is a link to this week's Art Menu on Understanding Art Worlds.

Expressive face by Adele
Expressive face by Adele

Expressive face by Adele

Adele's collage

Expressive face by Alex

Expressive face by Alex
Expressive face by Alex

Expressive face by Amelia

Expressive face by Cabby

Battery Box by Cam

Cardboard Sculpture by Carrie

Expressive face by Claire and Andrew

Expressive face by Claire and Andrew

Expressive face by Claire and Andrew

Unicorn Cake by Grace 

Expressive face by Graham
Expressive face by Graham

Holly's cardboard sculpture

Holly's mandala

Isaac made a necklace with a paper clip chain!

Jumana made chalk art for Earth Day

Jumana's drawing of animals

Expressive face by Kevin

Kiki's bird feeder

Nora's collage

Nora's weaving

Silas' drawing of 3D forms

Sylvie's expressive face
Sylvie's expressive face

Sylvie's cat sculpture

Expressive face by Thiago
Expressive face by Thiago

Built by Thireas

Thireas exploring

Expressive faces by Thireas

Thireas and family cooking and crafting

Monday, April 13, 2020

When People Are Stuck At Home, 5: Feelings Are Healthy

Takashi Murakami Flower
Hello my sweet friends,

    Here is my latest letter to you. After your coming vacation, art lessons will be delivered differently, in a menu format, but for this week, I am pleased to bring you another post with video and photographs.

It is healthy to be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Artists of all types- poets, painters, musicians, writers, etc.- explore their feelings through art. All emotions, whether they feel positive or negative, are a normal part of human life. How are you feeling today? Let's work today to acknowledge how you are feeling.

Today the first artist we will meet is Takashi Murakami. You might even already recognize his work if not his name. He is a contemporary artist from Japan. He is 58 years old. He is very famous, and his artwork is shown in museums all over the world.

 A Field of Flowers Seen from the Stairs to Heaven, 2018
He is best known for his paintings and prints of big flowers featuring bright, saturated colors. The colors make people feel good, and so his artwork has become very popular. There are even pillows and little stuffie toys of his flowers. How do these flowers make you feel?

The second artist is one many people now know, Vincent Van Gogh. He was a Dutch painter.  Even though many people know him today, he was not famous in his lifetime. That often made him frustrated and sad. He made over 2,000 works of art in his lifetime. His artwork shows lots of different feelings, like this one below. What might it mean that the person is covering his face? 
At Eterniy's Gate, 1890
People look at one another's faces to see how others are feeling. Faces tell us a lot.  That is why when people communicate feelings online, they often use emojis. Did you know that Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita created the first emojis in the late 1990's? The earliest emojis did not include a lot of faces, like you see in use now. Let's look at a few emojis to get you inspired to create your own faces.

Making Faces: How Are You Feeling?

Here is what you need:
Objects from around your house or things you find outdoors. 

The basics:

Combine different objects to create faces that show a feeling. Try changing the features to change the feeling you are showing. Ask your grownup to take a photo of your favorite one. 

More ideas to try:

Try shifting the angles. If you angle the eyebrows upward in the center versus downward, how does that change the face? Can you make the face that you create match the mood you are feeling today? 

Here are examples I made:

It's pretty neat how small changes like changing the angle of the plastic forks totally changes the expression:

These use things from inside my house
Using objects found outdoors: 

It's easy to change the faces you made, isn't it? To make them show a different feeling?  Changing our real feelings can be harder. It's natural to have big feelings when things are uncertain. You can give yourself time to feel negative experiences, and then do something nice for yourself to improve your mood and create positive feelings. Here are some to try.

Mood boosters:

Read something funny, like Calvin and Hobbes cartoons
Listen to music that cheers you up to sing or dance to
Make a healthy snack that feels extra special
Play with a pet if you have one
Watch a movie that has always made you laugh
Draw a picture of your family; add silly details, like giving yourself a fancy moustache
Ask someone to tell you a joke, or tell one that you know to someone else
Call someone you love

Stay well and healthy!
Mrs. Elliott

And finally, a wondrous roundup of the work you have sent me in the last week!


Jumana has been busily creating sidewalk art!

Avery's drawing of where she'd like to be
Avery's Mandala 1

Avery's Mandala 2

Aidan and Isaac's comfort objects

Graham's comfort collage

Hazel's comfort object drawing

Isaac and Eli's comfort objects

Leo and Cam drew together

Cam's artwork

James' artwork

Julian G's artwork

Kaz and Shiloh's artwork in the window

Masyn's artwork

Reed's artwork

Rowan's oil pastel tiedye

Rowan's artwork

Jumana's self-portrait
Thiago's artwork