Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CROSWELL INSTITUTE OF ARTS


WELCOME!!
RAUSCHENBERG
MATISSE
STATTON
SEURAT AND PICASSO
MRS. VALENTE
ARP AND GINA VALENTE
POLLOCK
GINA AND JAMIE VALENTE
CEZANNE
CHAGALL AND TIFFANY
MONET
PICASSO AND MONDRIAN
VAN GOGH
For the past several years, our preschool class, along with the preschool class in the room next-door to us, teach a two-week segment introducing our students to some of the world's most famous artists, and their different styles of artwork.  Then, we pay tribute to the artists that we have studied, by creating an art project, that, in some way, reflects the style of each individual, or some element of their work.  Finally, we host a museum, housed in the school library, to showcase all the talent of our own young artists. Their work is always extraordinary.
The artists included this year are:
Van Gogh-impasto painting/sunflowers
Picasso-puzzle pieces/Cubism, one color painting/The Blue Period
Matisse-snail collage/The Snail
Chagall-stained glass vases
Louis Comfort Tiffany-Tiffany "hurricane" lamps
Rauschenberg-beach combine/driftwood collections
Monet-water-color painting
Pollock-action art
Seurat-dotted suns/Pointillism
Stratton-class mosaic/pewabic pottery
Mondrian-blocks with limited color palette
Arp-collage of happy accidents/random art
Cezanne-still life fruit/still life painting
To quote Picasso, "Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain one once he grows up." 

17 comments:

  1. Fantastic and Kudos to the teachers for encouragement and wonderful display. Is the public invited? I would love to see this next year !

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    1. thanks, janet!! we have two days, on which, the parents and friends are invited to the museum openings...next year you can always come as my guest. the littles enjoy an appreciative audience. :D

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  2. Gene PrzybranowswkiMarch 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    lovely stuff xxoo

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    1. thanks, gene!! the local cable channel came in and filmed our opening today...how cool is that!!! the littles are getting their 15 minutes of fame, already. :D

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  3. It really is amazing mom! So proud of the littles and you!
    Love you! This is Olivia by the way :)

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    1. thank you, delightful daughter of mine! can't wait, until you get to come home from college on wednesday! your father and i are full of lonesome for you...AND WEDNESDAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY!!! love, your mamacita xoxoxoxox

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  4. Bravo Babe!! Well done!! That's 4 years and running that you, and Miss Tammy teacher, and all your co workers have had this excellent program for the little ones!! It truly is amazing seeing and hearing the things they say as they are learning about Art!! It is like their little brains are sponges, so full of curiosity!! They suck it all in, and are just fascinated and joyful to learn about these new and interesting things!! I just know this thirst to learn, is going to do nothing but help them immensely in their many school years to come!! Kudos to you my dear for dreaming this up for the little ones!! You are my Amazing one!!! You know who loves ya!! lol!! Dave

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    1. well, thank you dave! if it wasn't for tammy though, it never would have happened. it was she, who, knowing of my love for art, so generously suggested that i do my "famous art and artists" in her class, and, then, seeing all the beautiful work the littles did, suggested we create our art museum. and the addition of mrs. arbic and mrs. kimball's class added so much to the program. it is all of our efforts, as well as mrs. winters and the parent volunteers too, that make it all work. we have been blessed to be a part of so many littles' lives over the years...and maybe, when they become famous someday, they will think back fondly, on the the very first time their work was ever shown in a museum. :D ...and dave, your comments really made me happy...i love you very much for saying them.

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    2. Amy you are the heart and soul of the museum!!! We are your followers too!! Not only have you taught the littles the love of art and about these artist, you have also taught me. The ambience of the museum is a special feeling. When you enter it, you truely feel like you are entering a true art museum. The enthusiasm from the children and families (including extended family) is truely the reason everyone works so hard to put this together every year!! Dave you are a kind man!!!

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  5. Wow Amy that is some fine art you are doing with your littles. I've always been into art and love it myself. You surely have some great talents there. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!

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  6. Amy, you and your teaching mates are amazing. Thank you for helping make the next generation of us so informed and educated on one of the greatest subjects in life, and many more. (y)

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    1. thank you, t. that was a very kind thing to say.

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  7. It's not often you see wonderful artwork from "littles" displayed in museum forum. Congratulations Amy and your co-workers for expanding the minds of children through art.
    Gayle

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  8. Pretty amazing work... the children are blessed to have such creative leadership. Keep sharing... It brings smiles to so many of us. Thanks, Rita

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