Saturday, May 21, 2016

Digital Dabbling

Fourth Grade Digital Drawings

Fourth graders read the magazine Scholastic Art from time to time in art classes. A very short article about Phil Robson's shoe art caught the students' attention, so we dabbled a bit at photo editing and digital collage. While Phil Robson's art is sleek and edgy, our digital creations lean toward the whimsical and sweet. Here are a few of the more monstrous for you to enjoy. Many of the students created insects. You might recognize the colorful patterns and textures of the athletic shoes in their designs.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

And the WINNER is...

Final mARTch Madness Match Up

Here it is at last, the chance to determine which work of art will be the winner of mARTch Madness 2016.  Cast your vote here
Curious about the results of the final four and how we ended up with this pairing?  
Here the pie graphs to study.  Interesting!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Our school's mARTch Madness has been a great success.  The students are quite engaged in the process of determining which works of art are selected as finalists.  Spoonbridge and Cherry was the winner of the week #4 competition. As the  fifth week in March begins we consider the four finalists and eliminate two. At the end of the week we will name the champion of mARTch Madness 2016. Cast your vote right here to determine the two finalists.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Week #4 Two Playful Sculptures Compete

Which one do you think Arcadia's students will vote for during our fourth week of mARTch Madness?  In Glass Fish Alexander Calder combines wire and glass to illustrate whimsical abstract sculpture. The fish appears to move and float, like many of Alexander Calder's famous kinetic sculptures. Claes Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry is a larger than life surprise in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  A fine mist of water is sprayed out of the cherry stem, and on sunny days you might see a colorful spectrum around the sculpture. Look carefully at the interaction of both sculptures with their environments.  Do you see where the shadows and reflections of the sculptures add visual images around the sculptures? What makes Glass Fish appear to move through rippling water?  How is the spoon and cherry bridge-like?

Week #3 Winner is....VICTORY BOOGIE-WOOGIE!  

Piet Mondrian's nonobjective abstract received sixty percent of the vote.  

Friday, March 11, 2016

mARTch Madness Continues with Week #3 

You are invited to consider your preference for abstract art.  Do you prefer nonobjective works like Piet Mondrian's Victory Boogie Woogie or more recognizable abstract works like Pablo Picasso's Three Musicians?  To cast your vote click here.

The students are certainly learning how art influences peoples' knowledge of culture and history with each week of mARTch Madness. We were interested to learn about the impact of the art of Hokusai and other Japanese artists on Vincent van Gogh during Week #2.  Take a close look at The Great Wave and The Starry Night.  Do you see the design similarities?

Week #2's Winner is The Starry Night! 

Vincent van Gogh's iconic painting receive 382 votes for 61.6% of the total votes. If only Vincent could have known the admiration people have for his body of work.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Week Two of mARTch Madness begins!

In the second week of March we will be having the battle of the landscapes.  The Great Wave by Katsushimi Hokusai and Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh will be introduced to our kindergarten through eighth grade students.  Will Starry Night be swamped by The Great Wave?  Will the students be dazzled by Starry Night?  Students will vote for their favorites during their art classes. To cast your vote click here . 

The Week One Winner is...

Bill by Chuck Close!  There was a great response to our first week of mARTch Madness and 692 people voted in the battle of the portraits. Bill received 385 votes and Mona Lisa received 307 votes. Chuck Close's Bill will return to competition in the 4th week of March.

Monday, February 29, 2016

MARTCH Madness!

To bring a focus to the "specials," the teachers of art, music, physical education and Spanish have created tournament brackets in which different genres of our disciplines will compete for the mARTch Madness Championship. 

During the first week of March art students will be looking at some very famous portraits. Does “Bill” by Chuck Close stand a chance against the iconic “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci?  The students will cast their votes each week to determine which work of art will move on in the bracket. 

Watch for new competitors each week! Three more competitions will follow featuring exemplary sculptures, abstracts, and landscapes. Which work of art will be a bracket buster? Which will come from behind and be the Cinderella of mARTch Madness? Which will be crowned the mARTch Madness Champion? 

If you would like to cast a vote this week, here is where to vote