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. The second grade students will be involved in creating Butterflies for this project that will be displayed at the city-wide Yom Hashoah event on April 4 and will also be on exhibit at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden for the month of April.  They will then be sent to the Houston Holocaust Museum to be a part of their 2013 exhibit of 1.5 million butterflies.

We are also currently working on an art piece inspired by French artist Vincent Van Gogh(1853-1890). The students looked and explore the painting “The Bedroom”(1888) and then drew their own bedrooms from the same point of view (from the doorway looking inwards) and will be painting them in water color paints.

In current art project the second graders are each creating an Egyptian Magnificent Sarcophagus.  We looked at art of the ancient Egyptian sarcophagi for inspiration. The students will learn about symmetry and draw the shape of an Egyptian mummy from a stencil that they will create onto dark colored paper and will fill in the shape with details inspired by Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. They will use oil pastels to draw patterns and color the mummy cover. Once they have completed this, each child will write their name using Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

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).