On the last week of school, art teacher Jane sent home all D’s Kalama year art in a nice portfolio, and handed me 2 larger and delicate pieces so I could be sure to transport them without them getting grubbied up…
We have really noticed the steep increase in D’s fine motor skills this year, and I attribute this in large part to art class. Maybe because it was new, or because I helped a lot in the art classroom this year, but D seems to have really absorbed what Jane taught him.
At the Art Show earlier this year, D was keen to point out the aspects of his butterfly art that were important to him. I was going to simply relay these in the blog, and then I realized D could tell the “viewers at home” all about it himself (kudos to the Gardner culture that promotes students being able to present their work to their peers and adults…and to YouTube, where D watches a lot of sports events, with after-event commentary by the players, which I think is also at work here!!).
(see more about this interesting architect-turned-painter)
Butterfly in Flight
(oil pastel and watercolor)
On his butterfly, Dashiell wants to point out:
- he used the white oil pastel technique for the clouds (color with white oil pastel then paint over, and the paint won’t stick, resulting in a clean white)
- he didn’t center the butterfly, making a stronger composition
- the butterfly is close up and coming off the page, adding drama
- he made his signature subtle and painterly by using a related color for it
(tempra paint. appears in Gardner Calendar on September)
Jane selected D’s sunflower for the calendar because of D’s choice of colors in the background.
(oil pastel colored background with pen on plastic overlay)
(water color and pen)
D’s bluebirds got selected for use in the trimester-end newsletter. This is his most recent major art piece, and the attention to detail and fine motor skills impressed us!
Fall Self Portrait
(blocking soccer ball as goalie)
(under the blue flap is a pen drawing of a car in the garage)