We hope you will stop by the Fairfax Library during the month of February to see an art exhibit featuring our talented Ross Valley students K-8th grade.
Sixth grade students in Ms. Ruzzier's Enrichment Art classes created collages with the theme of community.
Students in Digital Art and Photography (7th and 8th grade elective) discussed and interpreted the concept of community by creating a portrait/silhouette of themselves and a community that is meaningful to them. They used their own photographs as well as photos from the web to create these wonderful collages.
It was wonderful to see parents and their children making art (mural painting, fiber arts, bookmaking and drawing) together at our third annual Family Art Night last Thursday. A fun and art filled evening was had by all!
Sixth grade students in my 0 Period class are just finishing the beautiful mixed media pieces you will see below. We started by making contour drawings of a still life and then finished the drawings by using four different mediums: watercolor, pastel, collage and either ebony pencil or colored pencils. The goals were to start with a strong observational drawing and then to try to make the transition from one medium to another as seamless as possible.
Seventh and Eighth grade students in the Digital Art & Photo class had their first photo assignment where they learned some of the basics of good photo composition. They each took photos using the following compositional tools: Leading Lines, Rule of Thirds, Close Up and Framing. Here are some of the wonderful results...
One of the next projects students worked on was a Digital Mandala. We discussed the meaning and history of the Mandala (the word means circle in Sanskrit and is a symbol of life) and radial symmetry. Students then looked through the photos they had taken for Photo Composition and selected one to use for their Mandala. See the beautiful results below...
Advanced Studio Art students have been continuing to add personal elements or themes to their work while creating a piece that shows an understanding of color theory. For this assignment 7th and 8th graders were asked to draw something that they identified with; something that shows the person they are. They've depicted a wide variety of subjects, which shows you how interesting my students are! Some represented travel or a favorite place, others a hobby or passion. They first did some printmaking using a styrofoam printing plate and two layers of color, and now they are working on completing all the portions of their artwork repeating their image but using a different medium in each part. These mixed media art works are in-process.
7th and 8th grade students in my Ceramics classes have been refining their pinch technique while making a "double-pinch" into a skull. They are finishing up the sculpting part of the process and now covering their skull with two coats of underglaze. The next part of the process will involve scratching designs into the colored surface (sgraffito) to reveal the light colored clay beneath. They will finish the pieces with a clear coat of glaze that will help to create a lot of contrast for their designs and adding a glossy finish. Here are some photos of the art studio while the kids are in-process on their pieces. I will add more when the pieces are finished.
UPDATE: NOV 7th. Below are some photos of the finished pieces (scroll to the bottom).
The National Arts Education Association sent us this video in an email this morning. It's a great reminder about how important an arts education is.
My colleague, Emma Beauchamp, and I (Doretta Ruzzier) are looking forward to meeting many parents at Back to School Night on Thursday, 9/8. If you are not able to come and are curious about what your child will be learning In their Art class please check their Google Classroom where you will find the syllabuses for all of our classes.
Please check our blog often as we will be posting students work in progress and finished work. Mr. Finnane will usually alert you to new posts via the weekly WildCat Wrap.
For Your Information:
YES funds credentialed art teachers at every elementary school and Pre-Period 6th Grade Art at White Hill Middle School. YES also funds all art supplies for every art class K-8. The Mission of the district art program is to provide children in Kindergarten through 8th grade with an enriched, developmentally appropriate and challenging art curriculum that inspires creativity and self-expression, builds self-confidence, and develops problem solving and divergent thinking and helps students become lifelong learners. Students become familiar with a variety of art media, tools, techniques, appreciation for and the development of the language of art and develop the ability to employ the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in their work. The program also emphasizes the importance of art in history and contemporary society.
Student art is displayed in a professional manner to honor and celebrate the work of students and present to the community the impact of student learning. Students are recognized as unique individuals with their own ideas, cultural, familial and social values, and are encouraged to make joyful discoveries and connections in their work through this personal lens.
Art Going Home
At the end of the school year we look forward to sending home your student’s artwork in a collection that will show exploration of various media, their process, and their progression of skills throughout the year. During the school year teachers keep the majority of work to be able to assess students’ growth and exhibit the work. One goal of the RVSD Art program is to showcase students art in the community; students get excited and get positive feedback from having their work on display at school and around the community in various exhibits. Student work will occasionally go home for every grade, and each school has an Art Blog showcasing our student’s in-process and finished work which gives an inside look at what is happening in the art room. Please contact your child’s art teacher if you would like to visit the art room or to volunteer. Thank you so much for your support of the YES Foundation!
Doretta Ruzzier & Emma Beauchamp