Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Coming Soon! The Brackett School Annual Concert and Art Show

We are pleased to announce the upcoming annual concert and art exhibit, coming in just a few weeks. This year's show will be Roots of the American Beat: Origins of American Popular Music. Students in grades K-5 have been busy learning songs, dances, folklore, hearing music, and discussing artworks that exemplify popular forms of American music, as originated in the Blues and as influenced by African heritage. Finished examples of artwork will be posted here after the show. The performance and exhibit will start in the gym and front lobby at 9am on Friday, March 17, 2017. We look forward to seeing you and sharing this special event with the community.

Kindergarten: Painting Pattern, Texture and Overlapping Color

Students were shown Paul Sierra’s painting, Three Days and Three Nights, and asked if they could identify what the picture depicted (a person sitting in a field while watching fireworks at night). They were then told that artists often make interesting textures, patterns and colors, and can overlap paint to make the painting interesting. Students were then asked a series of questions:

“Where do you see pattern in this picture?”
“Can you find an area of the painting with one color of paint on top of another color of paint?”
“What kind of brushstrokes did the artist use?”

Students then watched a demonstration of how to apply paint over a previously painted surface and how to use different brushes to create patterns and textures within a painting. For this lesson, students were given several size brushes and a large selections of colors to chose from to create a painting, and were also instructed to include pattern, texture and overlapped colors.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

February Masterpiece of the Month: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Who Made It?
An American painter named, Edward Hopper, created this painting in 1942.

Where IS the REAL One?
The real painting can be viewed at The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL.

Why Is This Artwork Important?
The term “nighthawk”, like “night owl”, refers to someone who stays up late at night. The scene was inspired by a real diner in Greenwich Village in New York City, which was Hopper’s home neighborhood. (The diner has since been demolished.) Hopper began this painting immediately after the attack on pearl harbor in December 7, 1941, at the beginning of World War II. After this event, there was a widespread feeling of gloominess across America, a feeling that is portrayed in Nighthawks. The three people in the diner do not talk to each other and they appear to be lost in their own thoughts. 
This portrayal of city life as empty and lonely is a common theme throughout Hopper’s work. Hopper denied that he tried to show those feelings in Nighthawks, but he admitted that may have done so, without realizing it.