Bon appétit! This is what you can read (in Hebrew) when you enter our school where all those colorful food trucks are displayed. Third and fourth graders worked very hard to make sure their community had all sorts of different cuisines to choose from. They thought of menus, prices, decorations, catch phrases. If you carefully lift the top of each one you will find cabinets, a stove, refrigerator, all you need for a delicious treat. This project was made with the collaboration of Ms. Gresham and Morah Dani.
Second graders have been prolific this semester. Our main project (and very fun) was to learn about the Gee’s Bend quilters and collagraph printing. We made our own art with wood blocks dipped in paint.
Fifth graders learned about drawing 3-D shapes and shading. You can also take a look at our shrinking squares. Drawing all of them with a ruler was long but the result is stunning! We also experienced with a lot of watercolor techniques (salt, saran wrap, drawing gum, paper towels) and put all this into our polar bear project. We even made our own stencil!
Our students in Kindergarten experienced watercolors, learned about symmetry, foreground, background, different painting techniques, using space on the paper, and also all sorts of lines. One of the Ilanot students said, looking at our “rugs” of lines, “Wow, that’s a lot of names!”
After their clay project with Morah Sari, first graders started looking carefully at painting of the masters and reproducing the Starry Night and Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh or The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali. The result is stunning!
Our sixth graders have worked hard on their wood figure close up, trying to see the different shaded areas and reproducing them with blending oil pastel. They learned also about the art of Notan, a work on negative and positive space, and the harmony created with it. We also practiced writing in graffiti and including our name in a colorful drawing that we ended up cutting into squares and gluing it back, like the artist Harold Hollingsworth.
Eighth graders have studied the art of Sandra Silberzweig (herself inspired by Pablo Picasso) and did a great job blending chalk pastels following the color wheel into their person’s face. We then textured it with different patterns on oil pastel.
     

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