This past Friday was our annual “Together for TG” Art Auction! Above are images of each grade levels creations from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Each Toll Gate class worked collaboratively, with the knowledge that they were creating something special to contribute to our school fundraiser. These projects were created during art with the help of the following parent volunteers. A special thank you to Jennifer Mahan, Besty Gicquel, Cecile Boukhelifa, Wendy Deschapelles, Brogan Sanderson Bowden, and Ashley Ryan, and Kit Greener (a past TG parent) who helped guide our TG artists on this special creative journey. In addition to working collaboratively, students also worked independently to create works of art that celebrated and further explored that specific artist, art movement, and or medium. I just love that each student will be taking home a small piece of these special projects.
A huge thank you to Ashley Ryan and Betsy Gicquel, whose support, enthusiasm, and love for art helped make these past few months so special. Their planning and preparation, which started back in September, helped turn a vision for a “Together for TG” night into reality.
I’d also like to thank Mrs. O’Leary for photographing our creations! We wouldn’t have the beautifully documented images seen above if not for her expertise!
On a personal note, I’d like to thank my father, Lou Beck, whose expertise in masoniary helped guide all our mosaic creations.
I hope the families that have adopted these special works of art love them as much as the students that created them! Enjoy a look back at these wonderful works of art.
Take a look at these beautiful Roman inspired mosaics made by our 4th grade artists. A mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. We looked at how the Romans and other ancient people made these elaborate mosaics. We observed how they might have been used to make a counter top or a wall or even the whole floor of a room. Roman mosaics were practical because they were easy to wash and helped to keep the house cool. They were also beautiful. The Romans loved to combine a practical purpose with wonderful art. Our 4th graders worked individually to create beautiful mosaic birds or flowers. They also worked collaboratively for a number of weeks this winter to piece together images of olive trees and irises inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. A special thanks to Mrs. Mahan and Mrs. Ryan for assisting our 4th graders on this special artist journey. These mosaic masterpieces will be on display in the gym from 3:30-4:00 next Tuesday, March 15th for a “Together for Toll Gate” preview. They will be going to the art auction Friday, March 18th. I just love love these mosaics and will miss seeing them in the art room everyday.
These chosen mosaics were inspired by the following Vincent Van Gogh paintings; Orchard with Blossoming Trees, 1888, Olive Orchard mid-June 1889, and Irises, 1889
Our second graders created these stunning water lilies inspired by Claude Monet. We added an element of dimension to this lesson with the addition of tissue paper lily blossoms. I just love how these came out! In addition to their individual paintings, students worked collaboratively on their classes’ art auction paintings. A big thank you to our parent volunteers, Mrs. Sanderson Bowden, Mrs. Deschapelles, Mrs. Gicquel for working with our second grade artists on this special project. 2B and 2C’s waterlilies will be going to the, Together for TG, Art Auction on March 18th. Here is a sneak peak at our artists at work!
Students loved adding quick directional brush strokes and watching colors mix together on the canvas.
We focused our learning, on the last 20 years of Monet’s life, where he concentrated his efforts almost exclusively on the picturesque water lily pond that he created on his property in Giverny. We learned that Monet painting En plein air (outdoors) and observed how light and time of day inspired his subjects. This encouraged our second graders, to create their own water lily painting inspired by a time of day. They used color, value, movement, and texture to capture Monet signature style. They did so brilliantly.Enjoy!