It’s amazing what children can do when they are allowed to explore, experiment, get messy, and play!
Aelita Andre’s Website:
If you’re interested in photography here are some great tips and tricks that can turn a basic cell phone camera into so much more.
Q: What grade are you in?
Q: What is your favorite subject? What is your favorite thing to make artwork about?
A: I really like to use my imagination when I do artwork and make up things.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Blue. It’s also my middle name.
Q: How do you feel when you’re making work?
A: It’s really really fun and I feel happy.
Q: How do you want people to feel when they see your work?
Q: What are your favorite mediums to use? What are your favorite materials in the CRES studio?
In a recent SPIN article REM frontman Michael Stripe is prompting students at NYU in a new collaborative project “NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE”.
“Each week, Stipe and a different special guest will give the class’ 18 students a prompt, and they’ll respond with ‘100 images and gifs, both found and made, all of which will be uploaded to a private class website,’ and projected on the walls, automatic for the people (sorry). At the end of the class, the space at 80 WSE Gallery will open up to the public so they can see what they accomplished.”
For more on the project check out the whole article:
Wouldn’t this be a fabulous project for a digital photography, digital media, or graphic design class?
The Inspiration Station is a center in the CRES Studio that young artists can visit for:
– Art History Books
– Reference Books
– Science Specimens
– Still-life Supplies
– How-to-Draw Books
– Drawing Prompts
Since September students have been working on finding inspiration through sketchbook prompts and the Inspiration Station.
Here is a quick little video showing the artists in action!
Each year the 3rd Grade students of Maine spend a large part of the year learning about our beloved home state. The video below illustrates a collaboration between the music educator at my school, Karen Littlefield, the artists and musicians of Coastal Ridge Elementary School, and myself.
The students perform Mike Nobel’s “Coast of Maine” for their spring concert “Maine Night”. Students in the CRES studio were asked to create thumbnail sketches and then a finished piece based on the lyrics.
Coast of Maine (On the Coast of Maine) Lyrics
By Mike Nobel
Welcome to a day along the coast of Maine
No place could ever be more beautiful to see
Stars are in the sky on the morning tide
The fishin’ boats are rockin’ the ocean birds are calling,
“Welcome to Maine” “Welcome to Maine”
Come see the sunrise high on Cadillac Mountain
Come see the sailboat reaching for the horizon
Come let the water carry you away
Along the rocky coast of Maine.
On a stormy day along the coast of Maine
The salty winds are singing, the buoy bells are ringing
On the rising tide, waves are breaking high
and when the storm is clearing, it’s Mother Nature saying:
“Welcome to Maine” “Welcome to Maine”
Come see the rainbow rising over the island
come see the children racing into the ocean
Come learn the song in the music of the waves
On the rocky coast of Maine.
This 2nd Grader has been working with two other boys in his class to create an “Army Base”. Here he is showing me how he created hinges for one of their doors using staples.
The CRES Studio is ready for an another amazing school year!
Student got a chance to enjoy the wonderful Spring weather while working “in the open air.”
In preparation for our plein air paintings students were challenged to create as many greens as they could. Students experimented with mixing primary and secondary colors as well as using green’s complement, red, to create neutrals. “En Plein Air” is a French expression which means “in the open air.”
Students experimented with bubble printing today. Some of the realizations that they came to understand through play were that you need to:
- Reverse the image before you print it.
- Add a good amount of pressure while burnishing the paper if you want to capture the whole image.