Monaco’s art room is busy in anticipation of the upcoming district art show in May. Kindergarten, first, and third grade are exploring the hybrid concept by combining various animal parts creating unique and outrageous animals.
Second grade just wrapped up their ancestral self-portraits. In their home classrooms students studied various cultures from around the world.
In conjunction with their research on different cultures and backgrounds, students shifted focus inward on their own individual ancestry and heritage. We looked at a few contemporary artists doing the same thing such as Wilfred Weegee, Whitfield Lovell, and Huang Yan and discussed their use of familial information within their artwork. Many days of sketching and planning followed to inform and prepare for their final work.
Fourth graders are developing drawings of friends and family members not as actual people, but as symbols. Hours of brainstorming, sketching and compositional exploration are yielding interesting, thoughtful representations of important people within their lives.
Fifth graders are vigorously working on how to illustrate a moment that changed their lives. All sorts of personal lived experiences are analyzed and expressed in the creation of this work