Ms. Slom, Art second grade

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Presidents portraits: Gilbert Stuart (1755 – 1828) is widely considered to be one of America’s foremost portraitists. His best known work, the unfinished portrait of George Washington that is sometimes referred to as The Athenaeum, was begun in 1796. Stuart retained the portrait and used it to paint 130 copies. This portrait has appeared on the United States one-dollar bill for over a century, and on various U.S. Postage stamps of the 19th century and early 20th century. Throughout his career, Gilbert Stuart produced portraits of many people, including the first six Presidents of the United States. We also looked at one of the most famous American living artist, Peter Max ( 1937-). His bold colors, uplifting images and uncommon artistic diversity have touched almost every phase of American culture and has inspired many generations. Peter Max has painted for 6 U.S. Presidents. His art is on display in Presidential Libraries and U.S. Embassies.   Max has painted Lady Liberty annually since America’s Bicentennial. He has been Official Artist of 5 Super Bowls, World Cup USA, The World Series, The U.S. Open, and other sports events. With all that said, the 2rd grade students created portraits of their president based on the a black and white photograph. Once the portraits were drawn in sharpie on clear film the students colored in bold colored sharpies just like Peter Max.

Name Bug- Our next art project “Name Bug”. Once each student artist has folded a piece of paper vertically and written their name in block in black paint on one half of a folded of piece of paper and then folded back closed and rubbed, it is copied onto a and transferred back onto the other side of the folded paper where the original name in cursive was painted (creating a mirrored image of the original). Then the rest of the space is painted up in different colors of tempera paints. Once dry it is hung horizontally and the name design creates the image of a name bug.

We have all been working hard to complete our Gala Art project

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 cans, milk containers, corks and lids, cereal boxes and toilet/paper towel rolls. Please bring to the Art Room (Room 230).