Patterns, Erasure and Cartography

Zooming into classrooms for “in person” sessions is pretty exciting. In fact, there are some surprising things that happen -- such as FIRE DRILLS 10 minutes into class!

Rik steps in as Teacher's Assistant Zooming in to the classroom at PS 282

During our introduction and recap of the previous week’s session, the alarm bells rang and we watched as our kindergarten and first grade teachers expertly and calmly lead their charges on this important safety measure. We were deeply impressed that after the drill students and teachers promptly returned to class and got right down to business.

Teaching Artist Vera Tineo prepared a fantastic slide show about patterns. We learned about regular and irregular patterns, patterns in nature and patterns made by people. We also identified patterns we know by name such as: polka dots, plaid, stripes, and concentric circles. Inspired by these photos of iguana skin, veins in a leaf, and honey combs; paintings by Thaneeya McArdle, Gustav Klimt and Vincent Van Gogh and Vera’s own samples we got to work using the materials of our choice.

Thaneeya McArdle, Pattern Paintings
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1908

Students were inspired by the patterns in the room around them, the images from Vera’s slide show and their clothing and toys. Joshua perfectly matched the color scheme to his striped shirt, Nico looked to his shark themed shirt and Gabriel to the web pattern on his Spiderman doll and Emily depicted the patterns from her oh-so-fashionable pants,

Emily with her fashion inspired pattern mixed media collage
Nate, PS 282 Pattern Drawing
Mikhayla, PS 282 Pattern Drawing
Aria, PS 282 Pattern Drawing

Mya, Sigurd and Julissa all used brilliant color for their pattern drawings:

The next step in our artmaking required carefully the cutting out our portraits from last week to glue onto our pattern pieces. In effect making a beautiful mixed media collage.

Zoe, PS 282 Pattern Drawing with Mixed Media Shape Portrait Collage
Leonidas, PS 282 Pattern Drawing with Mixed Media Shape Portrait Collage
Maya, PS 282 Pattern Drawing with Mixed Media Shape Portrait Collage

Lorelei, Liam, Haru, Alessandro, Zeke and Rocky all made energetic colorful pieces:

Ms. Lescure enthuses: “I love how the children created unique patterns around to their artistic imagination, used creative shapes, bold colors, and really filled the page. They did great at making regular and irregular patterns”

We loved seeing articulate Lucy’s baby sister Clara just outside the frame (and slightly smaller than the melon Lucy had on hand as pattern inspiration!). And Miles was inspired by the room around him noting the lovely triple apple artwork on the horizontally striped paneled walls.

Lucy, PS 282 Pattern Drawing with Mixed Media Shape Portrait Collage
Miles, PS 282 Pattern Drawing with Mixed Media Shape Portrait Collage

Kyler and Juliet changed the order of business, carefully cutting their excellent portraits out before beginning their patterning.

Kyler, PS 282 Pattern Drawing with Mixed Media Shape Portrait Collage
Juliet, PS 282 Pattern Drawing with Mixed Media Shape Portrait Collage

Vera explains that she feels that perceiving patterns in the world around her was the first step to understanding composition. While that might sound like a hefty art concept for 4-8 year old artists. You can see that our students were likewise empowered by the lesson.

Yes, it was an exciting week for ART YARD Art Matters at PS 282! You can also watch the fun on our Video Recap!

This week in ART YARD Advanced Studio session Teaching Artist Golnar Adili on a project called Transformation Through Erasure. Golnar showed us fabulous work be several of her artists who use some form of erasure in their work including Tara Homasi, Sepideh Salehi, and Titus Kaphar.

Golnar shares her presentation

About half way into our working time Golnar shared Titus Kaphar’s TED Talk: Can Art Amend History which we found very inspiring!

Watching Titus Kaphar speak as we work

Golnar recounts: “We transformed existing images through erasure! I was blown away by the amazing variety of approaches in class, and collected some cool processes and mediums too.

Zeke turned an existing image into an image taking place in his room. His use of color was wonderful and here really made a non-personal photo his own (in his own words).

Zeke Brokaw, Erasure

Wayne made commercial impersonal furniture imagery into really cloudy and atmospheric images through the use of acetone (erasure with acetone) while another participant used water.

Wayne Gross, Erasure 1-4:

Meridith covered a bridge in Rome using gold and made a lovely scene to look at.

Meridith McNeal, Erasure

Sarah's piece played with text in a very interesting way turning Gucci into Google, as she did with the figure. Likewise, Nayarit used text to very strong effect.

Sarah Gumgumji, Erasure 1

Sarah Gumgumji, Erasure (color and black and white):

Nayarit Tineo, Erasure, Empowerment

Ed was extremely active in his transformation as he developed an initial image in many steps and really moving away from the original.

Ed Rath, Altered Breitling, Erasure

Jacob had us all laughing with his humorous pieces done on top of a math textbook he uses for tutoring.

Jacob Rath, Erasure

Robin and Golnar both did poignant pieces about their mothers.