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Renaissance Charter School at Plantation

• May 18, 2012

Student Art Show


Kindergarten Kindergarten artists are given many opportunities to explore a variety of media and methods for creating art with emphasis placed on experimentation rather than precision. Young artists begin building a foundation of Visual Art terminology and skills with projects that allow them to explore the Structural Elements of Art: line, shape, space, value, color, texture, and form. Imagination, as well as drawing and painting from the child’s experience, are important for artistic thinking and development. Projects on Display: THE DOT: An abstract experiment in mixed media and color. SPRING WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS: Lovely landscapes focusing on shape, line, and space, with exploration of water media and practice developing fine motor skills. SELF-PORTRAITS: Portraiture study with a touch of abstract expressionism.


1st Grade There is a tremendous visible leap in materials handling as children develop during their first grade year. These young artists continue to explore media and ideas introduced in Kindergarten, but with extended vocabulary and projects. Their ability to control finer details and to synthesize knowledge of visual art concepts makes possible the deeper exploration of media and technique. Projects on Display: THE DOT: An abstract experiment in mixed media and color. SPRING WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS: Lovely landscapes focusing on shape, line, and space, with exploration of the unique properties of watercolors. SELF-PORTRAITS: Portraiture study with a touch of abstract expressionism. SPRING RELIEF PRINTS: An introduction to printmaking that allows students to explore line and make predictions about the art-making process.


2nd Grade Second grade artists begin to understand visual art concepts more deeply and are able to control media more skillfully. Young artists at this age are given more creative freedom in their artistic choices as they explore a wider range of tools and concepts and are capable of independently applying the skills and knowledge they gain. Projects on Display: POST-IMPRESSIONIST SELF-PORTRAITS: Self-portraits inspired by the complementary colors and texture of Vincent van Gogh’s work. WARM & COOL LANDSCAPES: A study in landscape perspective (foreground/ background) and warm and cool color relationships. FOLK ART RELIEF PRINTS: A project that introduces young artists to printmaking through the flattened perspective of traditional American folk art.


3rd Grade Third grade artists continue to explore visual art concepts in greater depth and experiment with media such as pastel and paint on a more skilled level while exploring value, texture, and form. Line attributes, color relationships, art history, and the cultural relevance of visual art are important for young artists at this level. Projects on Display: THIEBAUD GLUE RESIST/PASTEL DRAWINGS: Colorful works inspired by the painterly style and subject matter of Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud. KANDINSKY COLORS: Oil pastel resist paintings that guide students in exploring color relationships. (primary, secondary, warm, cool, complementary) SNOWMEN AT NIGHT: Pastel drawings with focus on value contrast, light source, and form (inspired by the book of the same name by Caralyn Buehner).


4th Grade Fourth grade artists delve further into the understanding and application of the Organizational Principles of Design, focusing more intently on the characteristics of strong composition and skillful use of materials. Foundations in line, shape, and color, as well as the other Elements of Art, are important as young artists continue to apply visual art concepts. Projects on Display: POSITIVELY ME: SELF-PORTRAITS: A project that focuses on balance (symmetry) and proportion while encouraging positive self-expression. KANDINSKY COLORS: Oil pastel resist paintings that guide students in exploring color relationships. (warm, cool, complementary, analogous, monochromatic) SNOWMEN AT NIGHT: Pastel drawings with focus on value contrast, light source, and form (inspired by the book of the same name by Caralyn Buehner).


5th Grade Fifth grade artists are able to exercise more patience and attention to detail as they build upon prior visual art knowledge and understanding. Art history and real-world applications make art more meaningful and personal for young artists of this age. Students use professional techniques employed by artists and learn how these skills can enhance their own artistic practice. Projects on Display: LICHTENSTEIN SELF-PORTRAITS: A Pop Art study inspired by the media techniques and larger-than-life comic reproductions of Roy Lichtenstein. KANDINSKY COLORS: Oil pastel resist paintings that guide students in exploring color relationships. (warm, cool, complementary, analogous, monochromatic) SNOWMEN AT NIGHT: Pastel drawings with focus on value contrast, light source, and form (inspired by the book of the same name by Caralyn Bruener).


6th Grade Sixth grade artists explore a diversity of art media and processes while studying the work of notable artists in history and in their community. Through implementation of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, students engage in the steps of the art-making process, from concept to finished piece, and develop the ability to thoughtfully evaluate their own work, as well as the work of others through constructive critiques. Projects on Display: BATIK/SGRAFFITO SELF-PORTRAITS: Media exploration, portraiture, and texture studies in sgraffito (oil pastel/India ink) or tempera batik. (student choice) CUBIST HEARTS: A study in the simplified geometric shapes and lines of Paul Klee and the cubists, as well as an experiment in color schemes. WATERCOLOR PUMPKINS: Glue resist paintings that allow exploration of watercolor techniques, value, and positive/negative space. PERSONAL MANDALAS: An exercise in symmetry and symbolic art, as well as expressive contour lines.


Thank you for your support this year!

Student Art Show Panels  

Description panels from May 18 student art exhibit.

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