March is Youth Art Month, a time to celebrate and support your child’s achievements in the visual and performing arts as a part of a well-rounded public education. Experiences in the visual arts promote problem solving, creativity, observation, and communication skills. We are proud to announce that student art work, grades K-12, will once again be on display at the Steeplegate Mall. See the attached flyer for all the details!
6th – Dias De Los Muertos
Sixth grade art students have been wrapping up quarter one learning about Mexican and South American cultural traditions. Our focus has been on Dia de los Muertos, a festive and colorful celebration of the departed which is takes place on November 1st and 2nd. Students have been working with a variety of mixed media to create a personal “Nicho” that celebrates someone or something special in their lives.
7th – Heroes
In honor of the Sweethearts and Heroes program that came to Rundlett Middle School on September 28thand National Tolerance Day on November 16, our 7th graders did a portrait of a hero. Students learned what it meant to be a hero and chose one from the many heroes from various walks of life. Students also learned about facial proportions and value and used a combination of paint and chalk pastels to create their portraits. For more information on heroes: www.myhero.com, www.
Our 7th grade artists have been learning about how the elements of design can be used to create unique and balanced compositions. Line illusions and patterns were highlighted in many of these, which made for some very successful compositions!
Hear ye, hear ye. Come one, come all! Concord School District’s annual Youth Art Month Exhibit at the Steeplegate Mall. Opening Night is Thursday March 8th from 5:30 to 7:30. Light Refreshments, Live Music and lots and lots of Art. Exhibit will run between March 8th to April 18th. See you there!
This year we submitted a small number of work for Scholastic’s Art and Writing Awards. Congratulations to Rundlett Middle School art students who won 2 Silver Keys, and 2 Honorable Mentions. The following 8th grade students won: Rae Lynn Shi won a silver key for her painting “Shared Spaces” and a honorable mention for her ceramic piece “Cathedral of Exeter”. Lex Pelley won a silver key for his self-portrait “I’m Here, I’m Queer, Deal with It” and Ryan Sheehan received an honorable mention for his self-portrait “Even the Darkest Night Will End, and the Sun Will Rise”. These students will be recognized at the Stockbridge Theater on the campus of Pinkerton Academy during two ceremonies on Sunday February 4th at noon. Their work will also be displayed at the same location from January 16th – February 4th.
Students in Mrs. Nyhan’s 8th grade art classes have had the incredible opportunity of working with LittleBits technology to create animated kinetic sculptures. The art department received a grant from the Concord Trust last spring to purchase LittleBits STEAM kits for all art students to use. LittleBits are circuitry bricks that can be connected to animate and bring sculpture and inventive prototypes to the next level. Students had the opportunity to build on being effective collaborators and creative producers though this process. Mrs. Kashi’s and Mrs. Bednaz’s classes will be also using these in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!
The Rundlett Middle School art department would like to thank all their first quarter art students for their hard work and perseverance! It was a busy first quarter with each grade completing three major summative assignments – drawings, paintings and a clay sculptures. Please be sure to ask your students about their work – most of them should have found their way home. You can always see fine examples of our students amazing art abilities in the halls of Rundlett. We look forward to continuing our art making with quarter two Rundett artists!
Students have been diligently finishing their technical drawings. In Mrs. Bednaz’s class, students are drawing skulls and creating a range of values using pastels. Meanwhile, in Mrs. Nyhan, students have been drawing ears of corn using watercolor to create value. And finally in Mrs. Kashi’s class students have been drawing shells and using pastels to create value. All were inspired by the works of Georgia O’Keeffe.