Kindergarten artists explore materials and stretch their imaginations

Look here to see the young sculptors in action:

The kindergarteners have again been exploring the central idea that materials can be manipulated to suit a purpose. In art class, we have again taken the time to consider the various types of materials that can be used to create artwork — and talked more about how we can use our imagination to create things about which we are passionate and interested.

The children spent one class period playing — individually and with partners — with over 100 almost-discarded cardboard packing ‘elbows’, creating buildings and castles and vehicles and other sculptures. We were thankful that the IT Dept donated these elbows to our ES Art class.

The children then thought about and discussed what a single one of these packing elbows could become. Each student was given one, plus the choice of a variety of materials to attach to his/her piece — paper (straws, sheets), plastic (cord), and wood (beads, sticks) — using either glue guns or their hands (twisting, knotting). The children have been maturing in their ability to take responsibility for the care of tools and materials and for their own and others’ safety in the art studio environment.

Later, the students had the option to color their creations with paint. As they developed their sculptures, they were asked to identify: what they were making; why they chose to make that particular thing; the materials and processes used in their creation. Upon completion, each student briefly described his or her imaginary creation to the class.

As their kindergarten year ends, the students are continuing their hands-on, creative journey in enjoying their experiences creating and responding to artworks and in showing curiosity and asking questions about their own and others’ projects.

Dear 5th Graders, Here’s your final art project of Elementary School

We’ll discuss this project in more detail during class, but have a look here and start thinking about what you might create:

DISCLAIMER: As to the city of Yokohama giving us land to create and install forty-five different 100-foot tall sculptures, that’s actually not true. Nor is the construction of the 100-foot sculptures. Of course, you’ll still be creating small sculptures as if they were going to be built as the large public ones — just as working artists create models to present for commissions or for public art competitions. ┬áThis project is both an opportunity to use your imagination and to pretend that you are about to embark upon the biggest sculpture project of your young life. Have fun!

The 1st Annual YIS Staff + Parent Art Exhibition

On Friday April 26th in the YIS library, students, teachers, and parents celebrated and enjoyed the first annual YIS Staff + Parent Art Exhibition. With refreshments generously provided by the PTSA and live music and vocal performances by some of our high school students, the gathered enjoyed viewing the many and varied pieces of creative work displayed by members of the adult school community.

With over 20 teacher, staff, and parent artists contributing to the show, the exhibition included a wide variety of materials and genres. During the opening night and the week-long exhibition that followed, visitors viewed works of painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, quilting, various mixed-media — as well as two digitally-based artworks, one illustration and the other a real-time, Skype-based documentary piece. Some artists exhibited their work for sale, with proceeds going to the One Yen Drive charity, and we are still in the process of collecting and counting these receipts.

As co-organizer of the exhibition, I would like to thank my partner-in-art, our head librarian Rita Kar who so generously offered her library space for the show. I would also like to thank Leanne Erickson, our Head of Arts Department, for her invaluable advice, as well as Brad Johnston and his very talented music students, and Alison Curtis, Joy Eckhoff, and the amazing PTSA members who provided the wonderful drinks and hors d’oeuvres for our opening night.

Next year’s 2nd Annual Staff + Parent Art Exhibition is only 347 days away, so don’t hesitate to start in on those long-simmering creative ideas.

Enjoy some scenes from the opening night: