Congratulations to this month’s Artist of the Month- 8th grader Justine Joel Lara! Justine is tremendously talented, drawing awe-inspiring illustrations and hand lettering that her fellow students love admiring. Her artistic abilities have been recognized through being chosen by the Kilmer for the Youth Arts Month Exhibit last year, being one of the winners this year in the Volunteer Lawyer for the Art’s Holiday Card Contest, and for being accepted into the Boston Arts Academy for visual arts.
For this month’s winning artwork, Justine created an illustration for the Google 4 Doodle contest. This was something students were encouraged to do outside of class. Justine went above and beyond with her entry titled ‘Grow Old With You’, creating a design celebrating a couple still in love in their golden years. In Justine’s own words “this art shows how Google evolves through time and just like the golden love that my subjects represent, Google will surely be there to be with us until our golden times.”
The original was mailed into Google with the other Kilmer entries, but a photograph copy is on display outside the office. Fingers crossed Google will be as impressed as I am with her artwork. Congrats, Justine!
In anticipation of our 8th grade visit to the Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies exhibit at MassArt, students in the Art Room looked at Etruscan artifacts and their use of granulation. We then thought about what the fidget spinner might look like as a historic artifact…designing and and creating a reimagination of this popular toy.
Congratulations to February’s Artist of the Month…4th grader Naica Augustin! Naica has all the qualities of a great artist- she is creative, talented, and dedicated to the visual arts. She is always working on personal artwork in her spare time, in addition to the projects we work on in the Art Room.
For this project, students painted cityscapes where they could choose any perspective of Boston they wanted to show…artist’s choice. For her cityscape, Naica chose to recreate the exterior of the Joyce Kilmer School. It is hanging proudly outside the office, come by and see her talent in person!
It was an exciting December in the Art Room with two field trips to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Seventh graders visited the museum two weeks ago, and 5th graders who were part of Art Club visited last week. Both groups have been using Visual Thinking Strategies in the Art Room, and had a chance to use VTS in the museum’s galleries. Everyone agreed the Gardner is a very special place and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Congratulations to 5th grader Ruby Dai, this month’s Artist of the Month! Ruby is a natural artist with strong drawing and blending skills. Her oil pastel self-portrait, in the style of Italian painter Modigliani, shows just how talented she is. Ruby has a great attitude and inspires her classmates (and her teacher) every art class. Way to go, Ruby!
Last week, 8th graders took the MBTA out to Huntington Avenue to visit Massachusetts College of Art and Design. We were able to see some of the inspiring campus, and visited the Paine Gallery to see some contemporary art, dive deep into the artistic process, and do some creating of our own!
We were excited to have a new way to announce our Artist of the Month. In the past, I have announced the winner over the loudspeaker at the beginning of the day. This month, we decided to include it as part of the monthly community meetings. It is great because the school gets to see who the artist of the month is…and gets to see the winning artwork before it is displayed outside the office.
Congratulations to 4th grader Ackheile Wright for being November’s Artist of the Month! Ackheile always brings a smile and a positive attitude to the Art Room. He has a real talent in the visual arts, as you can see in his self-portrait painting where 4th graders learned about facial proportions. Keep up the great work, Ackheile!