ART Update

Beginners and Pre-K: They have been busy working on symmetry and using the elements and principles of design to create patterns. They created patterns with dot markers and cut symmetrical shapes out of paper.

Kindergarten: They have been using math and art to create geometric shapes for Picasso Cubist style collages. They looked at paintings and sculptures by Frank Stella and created sculptures and mobiles in the style of Alexander Calder. Here is a link to the first place winners from last year. Last year, The Summit had two kindergartners win first place in two different categories. www.moctm.org/mctm-math-contest

1st grade: Studied Inuit masks from Alaska and created some of their own with hoops, appendages, and feathers. Currently they are creating 3-D sculptures to correlate with their study of the Pacific Northwest Coast style of totem poles.

2nd grade: We discussed M.C.Escher and looked at his art to see how he combined science, architecture, math and art. They learned how to create tessellations and cut out interlocking shapes to create designs.

3rd grade: Created faux stained glass snowflakes using math art and colored cellophane and now they are starting to study Missouri state fish. *Last year one of our 3rd grade Summit art students, Lucas Reed, won place first in the national contest for his painting. www.wildlifeforever.org/home/state-fish-art

4th grade: Some students have been working on drawings of their state fish to go along with their classroom studies of the USA. Others are working in groups to create 3-D dioramas about books they have read for the Language Arts competition, LAD Fair.

5th grade: They are finishing their Asian art paintings with some creative frames. After an introduction to Pre-Columbian art they started creating 3-D animal vessels out of clay. Soon they will start carving soapstone to create amulets.

6th grade: They are working on drawings to go along with their bio poems that they wrote in their Language Arts class. Each student is illustrating their original poem with mixed media techniques using drawing and painting.

7th grade: They are finishing acrylic paintings on canvas boards and getting them ready for display. Next they will be starting a unit inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, where they will create 2-D renderings and 3-D architectural structures.

8th grade/HS: They just started a study of African mask designs using exaggeration, distortion and simplification. Next they will use these characteristics to create 3-D masks with plaster gauze and then add details with paint, beads, feathers, and raffia.