This session there are two art offerings during the afternoon class period. One group is taking "Independent Studio" with Rose. Rose, as many of you know, not only works at Parkmont, but is a local artist and illustrator, too. Most of the group is doing print making, or creating comic books, and one student is painting. The print making group is working on making linoleum block prints, using a super hero theme. Some of the comic book students are has also adapted this theme, making comic books about superheroes, and some even making some of their comics using linoleum block prints.
Another art offering is Fashion Design. Bridget, who teaches Spanish at Parkmont, is a talented seamstress, and she is sharing her creative skills with the kids. Students are learning how to do various stitches by hand and are designing patterns. They are doing a number of projects throughout the session, inlcuding making pillows, and designing handbags or articles of clothing. They have a wonderful assortment of donated fabrics and are turning out some beautiful pieces!
Prior to the start of Middle School Internships (this week!) the middle school students have been doing art projects with Mattie every other week. The group has explored a number of medium. They focused on "effects" for a time. This included various watercoloring techniques, from using tape to block off sections of canvas, that would later be returned to, or covering a watercolor piece with saran wrap to see how that manipulates the final product. They also used salt on watercolors to see how it repels the paint.
During the last two sessions, Rose taught courses called "Inspired by the Masters Parts One and Two," where they looked at famous artists and made work inspired by them. They studied Klaes Oldenburg and made large object sculptures and pop art. They learned about Piet Mondrian, and made geometric, modern paintings. And finally, they delved into Marc Chevall and his horses and dream-like imagery with water color.