April 3, 2015: Art

   These last several weeks the 4th graders have been working on our Modern and Contemporary Art Unit, which ties into the content we will focus on for our Portland Art Museum field trip. We will have guided tours in small groups that explore 20th Century Abstract Art.
    In class, the students have researched different types of Contemporary Art using iPad apps and presented information to their classmates. The types of art we covered were Pop Art, Performance Art, Land/Earth Art, Body Art, Op Art (Optical Art), Political Art, Minimalism, Feminist Art and emerging forms of art such Graffiti/Street Art, Video Art and Video Game Art. Now, we are focusing our attention on Op Art AND they are loving it! We also looked at many examples of Trompe-l'oeil which is French for "Fool the Eye". Many students have been experimenting with techniques to create a variety of Optical Illusions that give the viewer the feeling that there is depth and/or movement happening on the flat surface of their paper. In the photos below, you can see the variety of ideas the students are exploring.
    We soon will complete our Op Art and will move onto the next Unit of Inquiry in which Art and Music collaborate in a Storytelling Unit. This unit also connects to the storytelling unit in the homerooms that focuses on Myths, fables and legends.

Field Trip Info: (Also sent via email)

Our field trip to The Portland Art Museum is next Wednesday on 4/8.

1.) Please read our Trip Plans:

Leave school at 10:30 am
10:30am - 10:45 - Travel to PAM  (Chaperones ride buses with Students)
10:45-11:00 - Snack (1st Lunch) in the Park in front of Museum
11:00-11:10 - Put away Lunches.  If needed, Chaperones take groups to Restrooms inside the museum (side entrance). Students & Chaperones get ready and lined up with your group.
11:15-12:15 - Docent Guided Tour - Enjoy the Art!!! :)
12:15 - 12:25 - Choose favorite area from the Modern & Contemporary Art Galleries. Each Chaperone will go to a certain area with a group of students.
12:25-12:45 - Students use sketchbooks to draw and take notes about favorite works of art. Chaperone will take several photos of the favorite artworks using an Art Class iPad while students sketch and take notes.
12:50 - Chaperones help students pass out lunch bags for Snack (2nd Lunch) in the Park in front of Museum
12:50-1:05 - Eat snack, chat, sketch, put away lunch bags, line up with your group, back on buses by 1:10
1:10 - Buses Leave Portland Art Museum  
1:15 - 1:30 - Return to TIS in time for class starting at 1:30. - Say THANK YOU to our bus driver and awesome chaperones!!!
All Transportation is via two school buses

2.) Please be sure that your child wears their BLUE TIS shirt AND a brings a JACKET with a hood in case of some wet or chilly weather.

3.) Students all need to BRING LUNCH FROM HOME since we are eating while away from school. We will be eating lunch in the park in front of the museum.

The kids and I are getting very excited for this great trip!  Thanks so much to all the volunteers who have signed up.

 I hope you have enjoyed the the 4th graders beautiful Color Theory Artwork that is currently hanging in Stearns Hall. Feel free to contact me if you want to volunteer to help hang artwork for the upcoming Art Show in May. I will need all the help I can get with over 550 pieces of artwork to hang!!! I very much need volunteers Friday and Saturday, May 8th-9th.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Harpole
Art Specialist