Primary Unit students have been continuing their rock study in art class. Students shared what they learned about rocks and minerals in their classrooms and drew rock "portraits.” This involved careful observation, drawing the basic shape, making changes, and adding details. First and second graders learned how to carefully blend colored pencils to create realistic renderings.
One of this fall's exciting middle school Intensives is Sherlock, a collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art that involves visits to the museum to engage in activities focused on skill building using artwork. The intensive will culminate in a hands-on project here at school.
We were so fortunate that The Philadelphia School was chosen by the museum to pilot this program for middle schoolers throughout the region. The goal is to enhance powers of observation, investigation, exploration of viewpoints, empathy, and creativity!
Seventh graders worked on a cardboard and paper model project that connected to this year's all-school theme -- ”Surviving and Thriving in the City Country Classroom.”
Each student selected a biome in which to design a realistic shelter. Students researched their biome and planned their model in two dimensions, including thought to scale, food production, weather, and ecological sustainability. From their detailed plans, they built a three-dimensional model. This project was a joint, interdisciplinary endeavor by the seventh grade art and science teachers.
Each year our eighth graders, who are immersed in a deep, year-long study of the U.S. Constitution, make a series of visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is impressive how well students are able to pull from their experiences in language arts, in cultural studies, and in art to appreciate the museum experience.
Through the study of paintings, furniture, and other decorative arts we were able to see the influence of ancient Greece and Egypt on design in the post-Revolutionary period and to understand how art helps tell the story of life at the time of the Constitution’s creation.
An exploration of 19th- and 20th-century American art included discussions and activities centered on Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer as exemplars of a new psychological and narrative style.
Our most recent trip was an exploration of modern and contemporary American art as expressions of American values and concerns.
It was harvest time in the TPS Garden. But the crop didn't consist of vegetables. It was indigo, grown from seeds art teacher Catherine Bogart-Rome purchased online from a small indigo farm.
The third grade is studying seeds and plants this fall so the art department decided that it would be a nice connection if the students used indigo leaves to dye cloth.