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Olive Elementary Explores Art & Mark-Making

 

Mentor Artist Tracy Eastman worked with Olive Elementary students through Youth in Arts’ Arts Unite Us residency program.  Tracy says of her time: “I absolutely enjoyed teaching these two Visual Arts classes at Olive Elementary!”

Throughout the residency program, students worked on recognizing and understanding emotions, material exploration, and collaboration. In a special project called “Empathy Portraits”, Each student was given a standing mirror to look at themselves while they made various facial expressions. We would evaluate what our faces looked like discussed some of the possible emotions these expressions could signal, noticing what shapes our eyes, nose, mouth and even eyebrows make with that expression. All of the students really responded to this project, and in sharing facial expressions together, we were abel to connect with what emotion could look like on our own faces as well as those of our peers. This activity helped participants connect with their own reflections, which can be a big request for many students.

In subsequent classes, students worked with materials such as tempera paints using tempera watercolor cakes. In order to engage everyone, we used tools used of varying sized paint brushes and Q-tips. This project focused on color mixing and experimentation with lines, dots, and blending. The canvas board lent itself well to the students that tend to use a lot of pressure or rework one area of the painting many times. The Q-tips were a great adaptive tool for creating dots and small marks, and also bend and broke if the student used too much pressure, encouraging students to regulate their use of force. One of the classes had additional time for their paintings and so added colored pencil into the wet paint to see what would happen. Additional projects revolved around experimental application processes, such as the “Wandering Ink Painting” activity in which we applied ink on a water-treated paper surface and blew the ink around the canvas in order to create patterns.

We completed the residencies with a collaborative “Tape-Resist Tempera Stick Painting”, and tissue-paper landscapes inspired by gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

Family Appreciation Through the Arts

Families are the compass that guide us.

They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
– Brad Henry

Last night Ms. Brooke and Tenisha Tate, opened the Parent Center to the families of the Sausalito Marin City School District.

Visitors were welcomed by family member portraits created by the young artists at Bayside School.

The artists had used watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, and Sharpies to create the works of art.

Each artist wrote a description of the loved one, and Ms. Brooke also included a photo of the artist with their art work.

People were also welcomed by an important question:

And the Studio Habits of Mind were also posted as important reminders:


There was a buzz in the Parent Center as people gathered and looked and celebrated being together.
And a photo studio was set up, where Ms. Brooke took family portraits.
Beautiful work!