1980’s Inspired Abstract Patterns and Grids: Students learned to create a grid using Horizontal, Vertical and Diagonal lines. We used Model Magic quick drying clay to create the lines, learning how to roll the clay and manipulate the clay as needed with our hands. We then created shapes using oil pastels on watercolor paper. We painted our grids with acrylic paint, cut out our shapes, strengthening our scissor skills and glued them around the grid in a 1980’s style design.
Care Bears: Care Bears are multi-colored bears, originally painted in 1981 by artist Elena Kucharik to be used on greeting cards from American Greetings. Each Care Bear is a different color or shade and has a unique image on its stomach (referred to in various media as a "belly badge" or "tummy symbol") that represents its personality. Our students looked closely at the shapes that may be used to draw our own care bears- from the head to the toes. We then came up with our own Care Bear name based on our own unique “Tummy Symbol”. Students were so surprised to find out that Care Bears were not a “new” hot item of 2023, but rather, a concept and cartoon from FORTY YEARS AGO!
Rainbow Brite and the COLOR BELT is a media franchise by Hallmark Cards introduced in 1984. The animated Rainbow Brite television series first aired in 1984,the same year Hallmark licensed Rainbow Brite to Mattel for a range of dolls and other merchandise.The idea behind the character is that a young girl named Wisp is brought to a gray, desolate land with the mission to bring color to this Fictional World by locating the Sphere of Light. Wisp locates the legendary Color Belt and rescues the seven Color Kids, who had been trapped by the King of Shadows. Using the Color Belt, Wisp and the Sphere of Light defeat the King of Shadows, liberate the sprites, and bring color and beauty to the land, henceforth called Rainbow Land. Wisp is renamed Rainbow Brite in honor of her new role as leader of the Color Kids, who are together in charge of all the colors in the universe. Our students created their very own rainbow COLOR BELT, using all kinds of tools to make their marks! From bouncy balls to toothbrushes, combs and golf balls, acrylic paint was splattered and rolled around across our heavy duty 140lbs paper. We then connected their two parts to make one beautiful work of art!
Gloria Klein: Gloria Klein is a New York-based artist, is known for her Pattern Painting and bold geometric shapes. She created layered compositions full of patterns that overlap and expand across the canvas. Our students used the idea of overlapping colorful shapes to create their own bold works of art, using the TRIANGLE as their base. Paint sticks were used to create strong color and filled their triangles with patterns and design. Students learned the difference between a shape and a line, that a shape is a closed line, and a line can be a continuous mark.