Art, Ms. Susan Slomowitz

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Again, this year the Austin Jewish Academy is participating in the Butterfly Project, an art project commemorating the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust.  In February during a JCAA program with senior artists, the 5th grade were involved in this art project where they learned how symmetry works.  They created beautiful colorful butterflies with water color pastels.

The butterflies will be displayed at the city-wide Yom Hashoah event on April 4th but also they will be on exhibit at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden for the month of April.   Then, they will then be sent to the Houston Holocaust Museum to be a part of their 2013 exhibit of 1.5 million butterflies.

Our next art project is ‘Falling for Foreshortening’. Foreshortening is the optical illusion that feels like something is coming toward you because of a change in size. This occurs when a part of something moves from one part of space to another. The students learned about the concept of foreshortening through a fun drawing activity. We first traced the bottom of our shoes with all its details and then the palm of our hands on paper. The students then drew their arms, legs, head and body between the shoes and hands to create the illusion that the body is further away and that feet and hands are coming towards us.

In our current art project the students are each creating an Egyptian scroll depicting the journey to the Afterlife.  We looked at the art of the Ancient Egyptians for inspiration. The students will learn about hieroglyphics and will draw their own mythical story in hieroglyphics of all their favorite things to do and places they like to go. They will use pencil to draw and colored pencils to add texture and color to their scrolls the mummy cover.


Recycled Items Needed

Many of our art projects are made with recycled items: The art room is in need of unused CD’s, empty plastic water bottles, soda bottles, milk containers, glass wine bottles, corks and lids, cereal boxes and newspapers. Please bring to the Art Room (Room 230).