The Pumpkins are currently working on a fiber arts unit. Most recently, we learned about embroidery. Students created a pattern of their choice and learned how yarn integrates line and shapes to result in pattern and repetition. The Pumpkins also made connections to people and objects in their own lives by looking at examples of weavings and textiles throughout the past and in contemporary art.
Several classes at GBS participated in the annual Student Teacher Exhibition in the Macy Gallery at Teachers College, Columbia University. The show featured work of students from over 30 elementary and high schools throughout New York City. Gillen Brewer students had their circus figures and sets on display, along with mosaics, backpack sculptures, and puppet theaters! The exhibiton is a great celebration of the accomplishments of our fantastic student teachers, Sam and Leying. We wish them the best of luck as they become art teachers at new schools! The show is up until May 18th. For more information visit: www.tc.edu/macygallery
The Crayons, Legos, Astronauts and Battleships are exploring paper making! Today we worked in small groups to rip up recycled paper to make our own paper pulp. Then, we soaked the paper in a water bin and blended the prepared pieces in a blender. The final step was to spread the paper pulp over a screen and flip it over onto a piece of felt to dry. The students learned about up-cycling materials, color mixing and texture. We can't wait to see what our homemade papers will look like once they're ready! Next class we will see what happens when we add new materials to our pulp mixture...
This week we are celebrating the last of the Color Days with Rainbow Week! Our first lesson of Rainbow Week was about mural painting with spray bottles filled with watercolors. Students worked collaboratively on a large painting that explored color mixing and a spraying and dripping technique. These large mural paintings are now on display on the wall outside of the art room.