PREHISTORIC ART STUDIES
The art room is my favorite room and always has been. Watching young minds make the connections between other areas of learning and art can be quite magical. We are continuing to explore LINE in art and have used our knowledge of lines in creating patterns of all different kinds.
First Grade used lines to create patterns in a beautiful flower artwork.
Second grade explored the use of line in simple drawings made during the Prehistoric Era. After learning that most drawings were of animals, second grade artists created a Wooly Mammoth painting using lines to create a foreground, background and texture of a hairy Wooly Mammoth.
Third grade used lines to create a cave drawing similar to those found in the Lascaux Caves in France. Third grade artists first created a cave-like surface and then drew simple animal figures and symbols as if they were drawing what they saw during the day in a life of a cave man or woman.
Fourth grade focused on one animal similar to those seen in the Lascaux Caves and created a painting using both markers and watercolor paint.
Fifth grade created their cave drawings on an animal hide that they then stretched onto a wooden frame like a cave student might do in the prehistoric art classroom or cave.
Sixth and seventh grades created a multimedia cave art focusing in on the head of a bull. They first created the surface of the cave and then used a contour line to outline the head of a bull similar to those seen in the caves of Lascaux.
Furthering our study on lines, each class explored the use of lines and patterns in creating a detailed artwork with sharpie, crayon, and paint. All lower school classes created a crazy hair portrait and 6th and 7th grades created a cityscape of St. Basil’s cathedral, which is located in Moscow, Russia. Such amazing line and pattern detail make these pieces extraordinary!
Currently in the art room, we are working on a school-wide interactive mural inspired by the mural work of Kelsey Montague. The theme is “What lifts you?” Ask your St. James student all about it and cross your fingers we get it finished before we open the doors of the school for our 70th anniversary celebrations.