Barnesville’s kindergarten students have been working throughout the year to create art in the style of famous artists. As part of the reading curriculum and focus on the alphabet, students create artwork pertaining to an artist whose name begins with the letter they are studying.
Working with Art Teacher Ms. Eargle, kindergarteners created mobiles from cardboard and wire in the spirit of Alexander Calder, paper collage guitars inspired by the Cubist work of Pablo Picasso, and black and white portrait photography like Annie Liebovitz. They also experimented with pointillism, a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color create a larger image, such as those created by Georges Seurat.
On a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the children got to see work by some of the artists they learned about.
Ms. Eargle noted that they were most excited about artist Phaan Howng’s installation, The Succession of Nature. This artwork takes up an entire room on the first level of the museum and explores the effects of humans on the environment in vivid psychedelic colors. Students created an artwork in the style of Howng’s installation by using food coloring and shaving cream to marble paper.
“The children enjoyed working through a scavenger hunt in the Museum. They were really challenged to observe the art work in each gallery and find different items that were part of the works of art. They also spent some time drawing and sketching in response to questions posed about a portrait they viewed in the gallery, and they discussed other portraits and created stories about the person in the portrait. Ms. Eargle did an excellent job creating this scavenger hunt and keeping the children engaged in learning about, viewing, and discussing art,”said Kindergarten Teacher Ellen Landriau.
All of the students' artwork -- from A to Z -- was put on display throughout the school and celebrated at a reception with parents. The hallway exhibition will remain on view for the Barnesville School community to enjoy through the end of the year.