7th grade has been learning about contemporary glass, preparing for their trip to Massachusetts College of Art to see their glass sculpture exhibit and visit the Hot Shop, MassArt’s glassblowing studio. In the Art Room, we explored form and repetition by making sculptures out of papers and newspaper, and looked at the artist Chihuly to look at translucency, transparency, and opacity.
On field trip day, we traveled to the campus on Huntington Ave to experience the exhibit, Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass. Students talked about the work and responded to it in 3D working in a group. Lunch and the visit to the glassblowing studio concluded a wonderful day!
8th graders this fall learned all about poster design! We collaborated with Mass College of Art & Design to visit the college and their Masters of Poster Design exhibit through their Looking to Learn program this November. Students looked closely at posters in the exhibit, discussed the principles of poster design, and made artwork inspired by posters that struck a chord with them.
With their new knowledge of poster design, we talked about ideas around social justice and issues that were important to them as individuals. Keith Haring’s social justice posters were looked at as inspiration. Students then created their own poster using at least three of the five design elements with a message around their chosen social justice issue. In music class, students created raps or poems around this issue as well. All the posters were put on display gallery-style for the school-wide assembly we had for Diversity Week this December. A few students presented their rap/poem during the assembly in front of their posters. 8th graders should be very proud… the finished works were impressive!
Congratulations to last month’s Artist of the Month…fourth-grader Sam Linberg! Sam’s Keith Haring-inspired drawing of Boston Marathon finishers is hanging outside the office. Sam always comes to art class eager to learn. He puts his hands, head, and heart into all his projects. Great job, Sam!
Congratulations to November’s Artist of the Month, Alice Liu! Alice is a brand new student at the Kilmer, and from day one in the Art Room she has jumped right into her projects. You can clearly see from her Skittles poster that she has technical drawing talent, but in addition she puts in a ton of focus, effort, and love. That is the formula for a true artist!
This was project was part of a unit on Pop Art. 7th graders learned about the artist Andy Warhol and looked at his use of ordinary products in his art. Students then chose a candy wrapper, took a photo of it, and explored different compositions through using the cropping tool. When they were satisfied with their composition, they re-created the design though observational drawing. These works show just how sweet Pop Art can be!
Students at the Kilmer Upper were excited to learn all about Dia de los Muertos this fall and create artwork inspired by this Mexican November 1st&2nd holiday! Elementary students painted Catrinas (elegantly dressed skeletons figures), and middle school students created symmetrical drawings of sugar skulls (sweet treat made for the holiday) that they turned into symmetrical/asymmetrical collages. Students in our strand classes made patterned skulls and skeleton collages from pasta. We ended the projects with fiestas where we enjoyed some chips&salsa and made papel picados (Mexican folk art using cut paper) for our celebration.
Big congratulations to our first Artist of the Month of this school-year…8th grader Melanie Nunez Secena! Melanie is a very talented artist who is so passionate about her work, she often takes home art projects to spend more time on them. She contributes to class discussions with so many wonderful ideas, and creates unique artworks with high-quality craftsmanship. Her collage hanging outside the office is part of our middle school Dia de los Muertos project, where students drew and designed symmetrical sugar skull collages. Great job, Melanie!
People all over the world have been inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima Japan. Sadako died at the age of 12 from the cancer she had developed after being exposed to radiation from the atom bomb ten years earlier. While hospitalized, she tried to fold 1000 cranes, believing that it would ensure a quick and healthy recovery. Sadako was only able to fold 644 cranes before she died. After her death , friends gathered together to complete the task. They soon envisioned a permanent memorial to Sadako as a heartfelt wish for peace throughout the world. Enough money was raised to erect a statue of Sadako holding a large golden crane above her head. Her statue stands today in the Peace Park in Hiroshima.
Each year children from all over the world send millions of folded paper cranes to Hiroshima to be placed around the statue of Sadako. Kilmer students made 1000 origami cranes as a remembrance project in honor of Ms. Castro. Students wrote messages inside the cranes to her, and we know she would love that they are a symbol of peace and a wish for a better world. One of our 6th grade students, Greg Rosenkranz, will bring our 1000 cranes to Hiroshima on his travels with his family to Japan this summer. The cranes were presented at the tribute to Ms. Castro, which was held at our last community meeting of the year.