5th graders in both classes this year had an opportunity to sign up for a new exciting class…Art Club! Students in the class will be exploring art history, using mixed mediums in art-making projects, and using visual art to build community. Art Club will also be using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to look at historic and contemporary art and visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum twice, through a program called Thinking Through Art. On our first meeting, the 25 Art Club students looked at artwork in this new, exciting evidence-based way. You can check out more about the program here:
Our second meeting we learned about one of the most famous artworks of all time…Leonard DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. Students then had an opportunity to create a Modern Mona, a drawing where they gave their own Mona Lisa a contemporary twist.
The students and I are excited about this new creative adventure at the Kilmer! 😊
The new school year started off with a school-wide project we’re calling #WHYARTMATTERS. All students at the Kilmer Upper started their first day off in art watching this video to get us thinking about why art is important and why we create.
This got us talking as a class about why art matters, to us as individuals and to the world at large. Students then cut out their own organic shape and wrote down their ideas to add to our collaborative mural outside the Art Room.
Why does art matter to you?
If you have been on the 2nd floor of the Kilmer lately, you may have seen some strange-looking, bizarre creatures around! We just finished Clay Week, and some classes made surreal sculptures inspired by the surrealist Joan Miro. Click here to see some of Miro’s sculptures from my Art We Heart blog series. The students loved sculpting their own creatures and painting and glazing them…and they all loved seeing their classmates ideas come to life too!
Last month’s Artist of the Month award goes to 5th grader Diandre Raymond. Diandre is a very talented visual artist. He always thinks outside the box and is highly skilled in his craftsmanship. He has created so many wonderful projects in the last two years as my student.
For this project, Diandre’s class made mixed media cityscape collages. Students chose a perspective of the city of Boston they wanted to create. Diandre chose the iconic National Grid gas tank in Dorchester, incorporating collage and printmaking, to show it on a rainy day. The finished artwork hangs proudly outside the office…come by and check it out. Congratulations Diandre!
Each year in the Art Room, the Kilmer Upper works together on a school-wide collaborative project. This year, our Kilmer Students Soar project is inspired by the What Lifts You project by the street artist Kelsey Montague. Kelsey creates large murals in different cities, where the viewer is invited into the piece. Participants are encouraged to post their photos with the artwork to social media with the hashtag #whatliftsyou to share their experiences. You can visit my Art We Heart blog to learn more about Kelsey and watch some videos.
Kilmer Upper students each created a unique zentangle feather with what makes them soar/lifts them written on the back. We assembled them into a large wing mural to be part of our Art Show. At the show last Wednesday night, students, parents, and staff were encouraged to take photos of each other interacting with the wings and to add what lifts them to our bulletin board. So fun to watch everyone having a blast with the art!
Students who participated in the Art Show scavenger hunt this year got their usual prize but also got their name added to a raffle. The winner received a copy of Kelsey Montague’s coloring book…congrats to 6th grader Victoria Odunuyi for being the winner drawn on Thursday morning!
Our Artist of the Month for April is 6th grader Winnie Yuan! Winnie is an amazing artist…talented and with a unique vision all her own. She puts 100% effort into all of her projects, big and small. She embraces her creativity and shares her inspiration and knowledge with her classmates. She is a truly inspiring student to have!
For this project, 6th graders created Greek vases inspired by their trip to the MFA. They sketched a story from Greek mythology, then transferred their illustration, along with Greek-inspired geometric patterns, onto handmade scratch paper vessels. Winnie’s Medusa-inspired vase is a beautiful example of her artistic talent. Congrats, Winnie!
Next Tuesday is the opening of the annual Youth Arts Month Exhibit for Boston Public School students. Come join us as at the Bolling Building from 5:30pm to 7pm on Tuesday, April 4th to see our students’ work at the Opening Celebration…it is always a fun event! 21 students from the Kilmer Upper have been selected to have work on display. Congratulations to Olurimi Alofe, Lance Berry, Madilynn Burke, Maria Castillo, Leah Coffey, Rezart Comeau, Grace Donovan, Amie Kane, Sarah Kane, Mashal Kashif, Justine Joel Lara, Corey Lawler, Ayralis Mejia, Awo Musa, Mishara Nozea, Joseph O’Brien, Eveanna Rosskothen, Nicolleta Savvidis, Samantha Schell, Grace Sullivan, and Maya Valencia.
Check out the some of the students’ wonderful artwork, all hung and ready to go!