Kindergarten artists studied the art elements LINE & COLOR. Inspired by the great works of Piet Mondrian students learned the difference between horizontal & vertical lines. They also are able to identify the PRIMARY colors RED, YELLOW & BLUE. With this knowledge students created their very own "Mondrians"!
The vibrant art of Wayne Thiebaud, inspired second grade artists to deepen their love of COLOR! Students refined their knowledge and skill of line drawings by creating gum ball machines. Using oil pastels students use their new knowledge of shading (cast shadow, shadow, mid-tones and highlight) to form a 3d objects by using color. Just like, Thiebaud, students used a dramatic cast shadow and simple background, to create a focus on their gum ball machine.
Third Grade - Decorative Coil Cylinders
Third grade artists had lots of fun over the past couple of weeks learning how to create clay cylinders using decorative coils!
Fourth Grade - Textured Slab Boxes
Fourth grade artists learned that by rolling clay into slabs and cutting the slabs into squares, they could build with squares of clay and create a textured box!
Fifth Grade - Creative Patterned Color Wheels and Chihuly-inspired Faux Glass Bowls
Fifth grade artists are studying color theory, and are using their understanding of color to create beautiful and creative patterned color wheels. Simultaneously, fifth graders are learning about the artist Dale Chihuly and the amazing sculptures he creates in colored glass. Inspired by Chihuly and their study of color families, students will create faux colored "glass" bowls!
Sixth Grade - Decorative Coil Bowls
Sixth grade artists are taking coil bowls to the next level with their intricately designed decorative coil bowls. Students learn the importance of careful craftsmanship and "listening" to the clay as they practice the techniques and behaviors of professional ceramic artisans!
Media Arts - Found Word Photography
Media Arts students have been learning about what it takes to have a photographer's eye and create art with images of the world around them. Students each thought of a word that embodied something important about the spirit of Empty Bowls, and they are creating an original artwork of the letters spelling their chosen word.
Media Arts - Field Trip to the Jepson Art Center
In September, both media arts classes were able to take a field trip to Savannah, GA to experience digital art, video art, and photography exhibits at the Jepson Art Center. Students viewed The Language of Vision: Early Twentieth-Century Photography, an exhibit which highlights four photographers from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection who made significant advances in the medium of photography before 1945: Ralph Steiner (American, 1899–1986), Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902–2002), Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975), and Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009). For more information on this exhibit, click here. They also viewed an exhibit of post-war contemporary art from Telfair's permanent collection, and finally students had a chance to experience the TechSpace, a hands-on gallery where students had the opportunity to experience new media art, which they LOVED!
Visual Arts - Stephanie Luzny and Erin West
All K-6 students take visual arts at Riverview. 7th and 8th grade students may elect to take classes in the arts.
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Art
Cycle 1 art classes focus on building art fundamentals for our youngest artists. K-2 students are introduced to the art elements of line, shape, color, texture, and space and learn art vocabulary to help them describe these elements in the art they encounter. Students create two-dimensional artworks in various dry and wet media, and use clay and paper to create three-dimensional artworks. Students are introduced to art and artists from the dawn of civilization to contemporary art, and learn that art is a language used to communicate ideas that cross distance and time. Students learn to read the artworks of others through the art they create and learn to communicate about themeslves through their own art.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Art
Cycle 2 art classes focus on further developing the art concepts and skills introduced in the cycle 1 classes. 3rd - 5th grade art students hone their art skills by learning to draw from observation, building on their knowledge of the art elements of line, shape, value, and texture. They investigate the element of color through explorations in color theory and color mixing. These students develop their understanding of the element of space through the creation of sculptures in wire, cardboard, paper and found materials, and contintue to investigate art and artists from around the world and from their own backyard.
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Art
Cycle 3 art classes shift their focus from building art skills to developing an understanding of the creative process. Armed with a firm grasp of art concepts and techniques, students begin to explore what it means to be an artist. Students investigate various possibilities and generate original solutions to each art problem. They are encouraged to select the media and techniques that will help them best communicate their artistic ideas, and spend more time reflecting on art processes and products. These practices prepare students to be independent artists in their final years of middle school and beyond. Most 6th grade students are enrolled in visual art and 7th and 8th grade students may elect to take Studio Art or Media Art.