I hope you had a fun, artistic summer! My family spent a lot of time playing in our yard and making art with nature.
I wanted to let you know that I’ve miss you all and I’m sorry I cannot see you face to face, but I am excited to have a fun art schedule to begin the school year remotely. The Visual Arts Department has prepared a suggested Art Supply List (please see below). For our first class I will check to see what supplies you have and what we will be able to create with those supplies. I love working outside of the box, so don’t worry if you don’t have all the supplies in your home. I know we don’t have everything at our house:).
Please also work towards setting up your “studio” space where you can work with your art supplies. Try to find a space in your home with little distraction from your siblings, pets, or visiting friends. I have created one at school (see photo below) so I have supplies ready for our classes when we meet digitally. We will begin setting up our studios during our first remote art class.
I CANNOT wait to see you all digitally and to create some fun projects! Please feel free to email me any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) about the art supply list or just to let me know what you did this summer!
I miss you all! I hope you enjoyed digital learning. The boys and I enjoyed it so much I thought it would be fun to post a few art projects throughout the summer. So check back here if you are looking for some fun art ideas. I’m sorry we had to end school this way, but I’m glad I got to share art projects from my home to yours (digitally). Please email me any art projects you are working on at home. I would LOVE to hear from you!!! Hashtag #pitnersummerart #pitnerart #pitnerpride #cobbartrocks
To start summer vacation, the boys and I did squirt gun action painting inspired by Jackson Pollock. We filled several squirt guns with water based paint, water, and shook them up. Then we hung up two large pieces of white paper with clothespins on some twine. We put a tarp up to protect the fence, but I think we would have been fine without it.
The boys had so much fun, they kept “painting” until they ran out of paint.
Once the paint dried I brought the paintings inside to display. Using painters tape I hung one painting in the kitchen and one in the dining room. Archie was so proud. I had the artist sign his name. Jett had fallen asleep by then, so I can’t wait to hear from his Gigi (who is visiting from Pennsylvania while I get the art room at school packed up) what he thinks of seeing his art on the wall. Where do you hang your art? What’s your favorite art in your house? Send me an email (email@example.com) and let me know:)
Do you have amazing artwork you want to share virtually with Atlanta’s High Museum? Well if you do, GREAT!!! PreK through 12th grade students are invited to participate in this exhibit. Please fill out the form below to submit your artwork. ONE artwork per artist, please! Submissions are accepted through July 31st, 2020. This is very easy to do, make your art, take a picture, and fill out the form. I hope you are all able to submit a piece to represent Pitner’s Elementary Art Program:)
One of the first places we visited when we moved here was the High Museum. The High Museum offers amazing art kits for young artists. The boys love to go and pick up new supplies each month. These pictures were taken at the High Museum on December 17, 2018. The boys have grown a lot since that day. I hope you all have had a chance to visit or will visit soon:)
I know many of you are going to the bus loop today and tomorrow to pick up your bags from your classrooms. Due to the amount of artwork in the building and the limited time to collect artwork, I decided it was best to focus on giving back fifth grade projects during this week and wait until the beginning of 2020 – 2021 school year to distribute kindergarten through fourth grade projects. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth grades’ art projects organized and loaded in the car with the boys help.
Today’s #museumchallenge #gettychallenge is to recreate one of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits. Find a garden, hold some pets, and put on a unique, fun outfit to show your creative Frida Friday self! Check out this story about Frida to help you come up with ideas. Hashtag #pitnervirtualmasterpieceweek2020 #fridakahlo #pitnerart #pitnerpride #cobbartrocks
Originally, I had made this headdress to another Frida Kahlo costume before from the Dollar Store. I used fake flowers and intertwined them into a rubber headband. I added felt to protect my head because of the wire from the flowers was sticking out. My closet selection was limited, so I choose something bright to compliment the flowers. What did you choose to wear?
Frida loved animals. And if you have looked through some of her self-portraits you will see several of them joining her. I tried to pose with our Yorkie Scarlet, but she did not want held and kept wiggling. Our dog Pepper, a schnauzer mix, only wanted to kiss me during the photos. Our Bluetick Coonhound Sky was taking his normal nap. So thankfully Ziggy, our French Bulldog proved again to be the most photogenic. He let me hold him and he stayed nice and still the whole time. Maybe he was tired? I also added one of the boys stuffed monkeys, but found it odd hanging off of me.
The boys were outside riding Power Wheels four-wheeler and became curious to what I was doing with the dogs. Archie asked first to join, then Jett. Like monkeys, they tend to hang on me for a good part of the day. Actually as I type this page, Jett is laying on my lap kicking my arms as I try to type and concentrate on this blog. If I had thought of it earlier, I would have gotten the boys costumes to wear similar to the animals in Frida’s portraits. Maybe next time? Did you use pets? Stuff animals? Or something else for your Frida inspired self-portrait?
It is time to find a unique window, get out your pitchfork, overalls, old fashion dress, and a tired (of this quaratine) face to pose for your #gettychallenge. Today I’m challenging you to recreate the most recognized American Regionalism painting by Grant Wood, American Gothic. Check out this video about the famous painting and it’s artist.
This afternoon I went to Lowes and got myself a pitchfork and a roll of thick masking tape. Lowes did not have white painters tape, so it was the best I could get from the store. I decided to make my own giant Gothic Window from our dining room window. I needed the “Y” and “T” shape to be similar to the one from the painting.
I started taping and realized I was not going to reach the top of the window, so I got a ladder from our shed. The boys thought it was a lot of fun to have a ladder in the dining room and they took turns climbing up and down. It was the closet thing they had to a playground in a while.
Archie volunteered to help with this project because he knew I got a pitchfork at Lowes and he wanted to hold it. He picked out a white shirt, borrowed my overalls, and wore his dad’s eyeglasses. It was very hard not to laugh at how well he played the father in the image. I showed him the painting several times so he could get an idea of what expression to show for the pictures. We also had him stand on a step stool so he could be taller than me. I sat on my knees to be shorter.
Jett wanted his turn to hold the pitchfork, so we let him try it out. He was not as cooperative, but it was fun trying:)
What window did you use for your Gothic Window? What family members helped out? What outfits did you wear? What expressions did you show? Hashtag #pitnervirtualmasterpieceweek2020 #gettychallenge #pitnerart #pitnerpride #cobbartrocks
Today’s #gettychallenge is to recreate The Old Guitarist. The Old Guitarist is an oil painting by Pablo Picasso. It was created in late 1903 and early 1904. The painting depicts an elderly musician, a blind, haggard man with clothing tearing at the threads, weakly hunched over his guitar while playing in the streets of Barcelona in Spain. To recreate this painting, choose an instrument you like and use a cool colored filter to recreate this painting. Enjoy this story below about our friend Pablo Picasso to inspire some ideas.
Here is Archie’s rendition of Picasso’s The Old Guitarist. Archie may be young, but he was very tired when I took these photos. I had to bribe him with a promise of a toy to get sit for the pictures. I wonder if Picasso had to offer a bribe to the old guitarist?
Our dogs love to steal the show. I should have set up Pepper, our schnauzer mix as the guitarist. She, like Archie, would have also required a dog treat bribe.
Check back later tomorrow to see what we come up with for our image. Hashtag #pitnervirtualmasterpieceweek202 #pitnerart #pitnerpride #cobbartrocks
Did you know that Henri Rousseau never traveled to any jungles? Instead he went to local parks and zoos to get inspiration behind his imaginary paintings. Today I challenge you to recreate Henri Rousseau’s Tiger Peeking Out of the Grass or another painting by Rousseau. Maybe you can dress up as the animal or use one of your own pets as the tiger. I can’t wait to see what you recreate with inspiration from this masterpiece.
I did not have my boys help me today for this challenge, but I had our Yorkie, Scarlet and our French Bulldog, Ziggy help recreate our Henri Rousseau painting. Ziggy did a great job. Scarlet was not that into the photo shoot. Who helped you recreate a Rousseau painting? Do you think Ziggy would pounce on some unlucky explorers? I know he would definitely jump all over them with puppy kisses. Hashtag #pitnervirtualmasterpieceweek2020 #gettychallenge #henrirousseau #pitnerart #pitnerpride #cobbartrocks
Hopefully no tigers pounce on you while you are recreating! Mrs. Glace
Today’s challenge is to recreate the painting The Son of Man by Rene Magritte. The Son of Man is a Belgian surrealist painting. Surreal means “more than real” almost dreamlike. It was painted in 1964 by René Magritte. The painting was originally intended to be a self-portrait. The painting shows a man in an overcoat wearing a bowler hat and standing in front of a short wall and behind the short wall are clouds and the sea. Think about what hat, what suit, what background, and what item you can put in front of your face to represent your version of The Son of Man?
The boys each tried to recreate The Son of Man by Rene Magritte. Jett was willing to put on the outfit we picked out, but did not want to use the apple for a prop. Archie refused to take off his Harley Davidson shirt, but only would use the apple if he could eat it right after a few pictures!
I tried to take pictures myself and was unsuccessful so I had to recruit my husband to be the photographer. I wish we had suits for everyone, but all we had close were black leather jackets. I also wish we had bowler hats like Magritte. Maybe next time? Were you able to recreate The Son of Man? If so, hashtag #pitnervirtualmasterpieceweek2020 #gettychallenge #renemagritteinspired #pitnerart #pitnerpride #cobbartrocks