In March, third grade artists completed watercolor pieces called “Inchies”. An “inchie” is art that is one inch square. Our artists did a grid of 70 “inches” using three watercolor techniques: wax (crayon) resist, tape resists, and salt “lifting”. We completed the watercolors before our spring break, and when we came back, peeled-off the tape and rubbed-off the salt to reveal the wondrous effects. Students discussed the results, and we will use these techniques again in fourth grade art. In the first week of April, we also completed collaborative radial art designs. Some of this beautiful work is currently being displayed in our halls.
Fourth grade art classes completed their colored pencil shading project, “Bots”.
Now, fourth grade artists are doing a “Zentangle” abstract art project. Learn about Zentangles HERE.
In fifth grade art, we are wrapping up our “Altered Books” unit, plus are constructing clay “big-mouth creatures” using the pinch pot method. The clay project started after our spring break, and will continue throughout April, with the bisque and glaze firings. Below is a picture of the “creatures” from last year:
It is hard to believe that another art year is almost over! The last weekend in April is our Annual District Art Show at AHS, concurrent with the spring high school musical. As I gather up all the artwork for the show, I am continually smiling at all the lovely, creative art our Leighton students have produced! I hope you can make the Art Show (free & open to the public), and see how our students’ creativity blossoms through the grade levels. Many of our students go on to premier art programs with wonderful career opportunities. Just this past week, I saw some beautiful medical illustrations (on display at University Hospital) done by a former Aurora student!
The “creative economy” is described here: “The Creative Class, which comprised less than ten percent of the workforce in the late nineteenth century and no more than 15 percent for much of the twentieth, began to surge in the 1980s. Since that time more than twenty million new Creative Class jobs were created in the United States. This epoch-defining class now numbers more than forty million workers, a third of the workforce, and it generates more than $2 trillion in wages and salaries–more than two thirds of the total US payroll. An additional seven million or so Creative Class jobs will be created over the next decade, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections. Members of the Creative Class engage in complex problem solving that involves a great deal of independent judgment and requires high levels of education.” citation: Creativity Is the New Economy, by Richard Florida, 4.12.2015, Huff Post Business.