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Art News: October 2013

Hello, Honey Creek families and friends. I am delighted to be on staff this year as the new art teacher. I earned my Post-Baccalaureate teaching certificate in Visual Arts Education from Eastern Michigan University and have spent as much time in the classrooms of Honey Creek as possible since then. I have already had a long relationship with Honey Creek, and as I’ve told all my students, Honey Creek is my favorite school. I’ve already really enjoyed working with all of your kids.
In K/1, students are working on a series of exercises in which they are beginning to learn about the elements of design, starting especially with color, line and shape. They’re currently reviewing warm and cool colors and learning some art techniques, such as wax resist using crayons and tempera paint. The 2/3s are beginning a unit on landscape in which they are learning the basic elements of western landscapes. They will be painting their own landscapes, mixing and experimenting with color. 4/5 students have been examining and talking about the abstract collages of Henri Matisse and making their own abstract collages, which will eventually become the covers of their in-class sketchbooks.
In Middle School, students are in the process of drawing portraits of people using the traditional oval shaped face with standard proportions. Soon they will be asking critical questions about individual and unique facial proportions and drawing self-portraits using mirrors. We will then compare and contrast the first drawing with the second. Finally, we will look at average proportions of the body and investigate ways to make interesting figure drawings. They’ll be able to use that information in an upcoming Social Studies assignment. In the Middle School Art Elective, we are focusing on environmental art. We have begun with the ephemeral art of Andy Goldsworthy, and have been going outside to explore and create on Honey Creek grounds.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your students, including investigating art history, writing about and discussing students’ own art and the art of others, and making art. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me at svanloo@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.

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