You may have noticed that our auditorium has been transformed as of late into a colorful gallery of trees. Our kindergarten classes have been hard at work and play creating these beautiful pieces of art as part of our STUDIO in a School enrichment program with resident artist Belinda Blum.
Every year, Belinda starts her 14-week residency by meeting with our teachers and talking through areas of focus and ties to the current curriculum. This year’s project tied into the kindergarten’s science study of trees, providing the students with new descriptive vocabulary and helping them explore the same subject from many different perspectives.
The project began by heading outdoors to visit trees in our neighborhood and using artist pencils to draw from observation. Through this early process, the kids learned about lines, shapes, shading, and texture and honed their skills of observation. During the next phase, students used tempera paint to explore and learn about brushstrokes, shapes, texture, details, primary colors, and how to mix secondary, pastel and brown colors. Finally, the students experimented with collage and created wonderful trees with various types of paper. Through collage, they learned about ripping, cutting, shapes, arranging, composition, overlapping, gluing, texture and details. The final products were all so different and interesting. The students engaged in lively discussion about the process and wrote about what made their trees special.
A big thank you to Ms. Belinda, the wonderful kindergarten teachers, and the PTA for supporting this treasured program. STUDIO in a School is part of what makes PS8 such a GR8 place to grow and learn.