Welcome to Art at P.S. 19!
Our incredible artists have already lifted off on our amazing journey through art! There are so many exciting things planned for this year. Grades K-6 will be studying and using the elements of art and principles of design and are sure to land in June with a portfolio full of creative artwork!
2019 P.S. Arts Festival
Congratulations to Antonella Dolla Fasano whose artwork “Self-Portrait” was selected as a finalist in the P.S. Arts Festival. Her artwork will be displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art through the summer and then be displayed at the Tweed Courthouse. Congratulations to William Sheridan whose artwork “Ocean Wave” was selected as a semi finalist in the P. S Arts Festival.
2019 Bronx Borough Arts Festival
Congratulations to fourth grader Nicky Boyer whose artwork “Rat King” was selected to be displayed at the Bronx Borough Arts Festival at Lehman College.
Students in all grades have been working with many new mediums! Kindergarten and first graders have been working on Collage and printing using bubble wrap to make a mixed media art project. Second graders used construction paper crayons to illustrate their African masks. They then chose to use tempera paint to create some delicious looking ice cream cones! Third graders use various coloring tools such as color stix, crayons and pastels to create Egyptian masks to go along with their study of ancient Egypt. They also studied architecture and created a watercolor city. Fourth graders tried their hands at weaving on a loom like the Native Americans and are currently working on a nature drawing in which they will create a print. Fifth graders created incredible African inspired masks and are now learning how to embroider a design into burlap. Sixth graders worked on printmaking inspired by Hawaiian artist Heather Brown and are now working on sketches for their final project which will be a painting of flowers.
Happy New Year! I am so excited to announce that we have been funded once again from generous donors through Donors Choose. The project funded will allow us to try some weaving, printmaking, and pen and ink projects. All classes are also each working on a collaborative artwork to be auctioned off at the Penny Social on February 9th. Check back soon to see what other incredible art we are making!
Winter will arrive this month! And with that come some fun winter projects!
Kindergarten created some snowmen that could be hung up on the fridge or tree made out of popsicle sticks. They painted and used oil pastels to create the details. Kindergarteners will be working on self portraits and they also studied the parts of the eye and practiced drawing what their partners eye looks like.
First graders created a winter snowy collage scene and learned how to draw objects so they look three dimensional. Our cups of cocoa came out so well! There was even time to draw some gingerbread houses. We loved talking about all ten different kinds of candies there are and we practiced drawing them focusing on the shapes that make them up.
Second through sixth grade also learned how to make a woolen cap. Some students opted to make it an ornament for their tree or a hat for their elf and others used it as a decoration for the top of their water bottle.
Grades 1-5 created ornaments out of recycled cds and dvds. Some of their creations even made it to the town tree!
We are gearing up for the upcoming holidays and art projects are in full swing. With a generous donation of materials from Donors Choose students will be testing out new materials such as Prismacolor Color Stix, oil pastels in various colors including metallic and fluorescent, and chalk pastels.
Kindergarteners will be making a winter town collage drawing, cutting and gluing shapes that they drew and cut out.
First graders are practicing contour drawing characters from the Nutcracker.
Second graders ar finishing up their Spooky Spider watercolor paintings and will be starting a Snowman Collage scene. They will be practicing layering and shape placement.
Third graders are finishing up their Picasso masterpieces and starting on a penguin collage. Students practiced both the tearing and cutting methods for collage and continued to practice overlapping pieces.
Fourth graders practiced contour line drawing characters from the Nutcracker and then were challenged to create these characters using the collage method. Critical thinking skills were tested when it became time to figure out the order in which they had to cut and glue the papers for the bottom layers to the decorations on the top.
Fifth graders used math in art when they measured out and cut their rectangular papers into 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 squares for their artwork. They then had to create four equal quadrants and design a snowman for each quadrant using up as much available space in each section. The end result was a “Snowman and Friends Gallery.”
Sixth graders worked on a zentangle design that many spent weeks creating micro details and patterns all over their page. When they finished they chose to create an artwork titled, “What do Snowmen Do After Dark?” We had all sorts of fun snowmen who shop, play fortnite, sleep, drink cocoa, and melt!
This month K-6 students will be making their own portfolios which
will hold all of their work until the Spring art show where they will be able to select pieces to display. In June K-6 students will finish the school year with a portfolio stocked with art! Get those walls ready!
Kindergarten and first graders are beginning to work on their Fall Landscape Collages! Learning about space and ripping and gluing small papers together to make a tree!
Second graders just finished printmaking leaves with styrofoam boards and markers. next they will be using mixed media to make spooky spiders. Lines, Color, shape, Patterns, and Value will be included in this project!
Third graders just learned about landscapes are busy finishing up a fall landscape with objects in the foreground, middle ground, and background. Next up they will study Pablo Picasso and complete a project inspired by Picasso's Rose OR Blue Period.
Fourth Graders just studied about abstract artist Kandinsky and his use of concentric circles. They created an apple using concentric circle patterns either within the apple or as the background. They also learned how to "matte" their work. Their next project will also focus on Picasso, however they will be creating a project of a witch inspired by Picasso's Cubist period.
Fifth Graders just learned about the ancient artwork of batik used long ago. They studied leaf venation patterns and chose one type of leaf to draw and color with a crayon. Using crayon will create a wax resist. Students then CRUMPLED! yes crumpled their paper and carefully opened it. Using a watered down acrylic students painted over the leaf and blotted excess paint away. Once dried the art was a batik masterpiece! Next project is a Doodle Pumpkin which will emphasize line, shape, form, variety, repetition, and rhythm.
Sixth graders are in the final stages of their self portrait. They have decorated their phone cases and putting the final touches on their selfie portraits!
Kindergarten and first graders have started the year off studying sculpture and types of lines. They are currently creating Line Sculptures and will be painting lines while listening to music.
Second through fifth graders began the year also studying lines, but their masterpieces are all about Getting to Know Them! Be sure to check out the hallways and see if you can figure out who is who based on the "line clues" they have left you!
Sixth Graders jumped right into portraiture and are finishing their rough sketches of their very own self portrait. Most of their work so far has been practice in their sketchbook. When their self portrait is complete they will be designing their very own cell phone case! #SelfiePortraits coming soon!
Mrs. Moriarty's first graders studied types of lines and created these amazing paper sculptures! How many types of lines can you find?