Kindergarten Shape Monster Collages!


Kindergarten artists have been learning a lot about lines and shapes over the past few weeks! They have also been practicing some of the basic art techniques we will use regularly throughout the year including drawing, cutting and gluing.

For this project, artists first drew their own shapes, then they cut them out and then they assembled their very own shape monsters, adding different lines and designs in crayon. Enjoy!

(Artists L to R, top to bottom: Layla, Gracelyn, Eden, Yotam, Maxwell, Samuel)


2nd Grade Cityscape Paintings!


2nd graders have assumed the role of architects and city planners, tasked with designing their own cityscapes. First we looked at photographs of different buildings in NYC to identify the various shapes they are comprised of. Then they drew their own buildings and sky details using sharpie and oil pastel. Lastly, they painted a wash over the sky and the buildings, observing the resist between the oil pastels and the watercolor. The results are stunning!

(Artists L to R, top to bottom: Antoinette, Nylah, Isabella, Jeut, Jolissa, Kawan, Talique, Kaisuke, TJ) 

**Hot tip: if your kids seem interested in architecture as an art form, read them Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty.

It’s a terrific story with even better illustrations. If you like what you read, you’ll be happy to hear that Iggy Peck is part of a series including other titles such as Ada Twist Scientist, and Rosie Revere Engineer. ENJOY!

Welcome to Art 2017-2018!

It’s a new year here at ICS complete with a new building and even a new art room at 55 Willoughby!

The year is off to a great start! Kindergarteners are practicing different kinds of lines and shapes; 1st graders are creating collaborative circle drawings; 2nd graders are working on their invented cityscapes and 3rd graders are working on their popsicle drawings using overlapping to create complex compositions of negative and positive space.

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(1st grade collaborative circle drawings.) 

Check back throughout the year to find updates of student work, art opportunities around town and activities you can try with your kids at home! It’s going to be a great year!

1st Grade Masks!

1st grade artists have been learning about texture through making animal masks! They learned that there are two kinds of texture that artists create: real texture and implied texture. Real texture is created by changing the surface of the artwork. Implied texture is created by drawing or painting different lines to create the appearance of texture.

1st grade artists applied both kinds of texture in their masks below!

1A Artists L to R: Sophia, Charlie, Makenna, Azra



1B Artists L to R: Alexa, Layla, Antonia, Kaisuke, Isabella, Summer

1C Artists L to R: Emil, Tava, Bryce, Levi, Lyla, Ryder

2nd Grade Self-Portraits!

2nd grade artists have finally finished their self-portraits! They have been working on this project for the past few weeks. Along the way they have learned about the proportions of the face, how to draw their own faces from observation in a mirror, how to select a color scheme that represents their own personality traits and emotions, and how to recognize and create highlights and shadows with watercolor paint and colored pencil. Needless to say, the results are as unique as the artists who created them!

2A artists, L to R, top to bottom: Joel, Ivan, Logan, Akaya, Shyla, Aaron, Aby, Arel, Frida, Gertrude, Taylor, Kayin

2B artists, L to R, top to bottom: Chane, Justin, Aedan, Melana, Leah, Chester, Xander, Finley, Talia, Quinn, Noah, Emmanuel

Come see these portraits on the 2nd floor bulletin boards, coming soon!

Kindergarten Kente Cloth

Kindergarten artists have started a brand new unit called art around the world. In this unit we “travel” to different countries to learn about their art making traditions and techniques. The first place we visited was Ghana to learn about Kente cloth.

We viewed images of real Ghanaian Kente cloth and observed the different lines and shapes used. Artists noticed that Kente cloth was comprised of strips of fabric, each with a repeating pattern. Next, they learned that the designs are actually symbols that represent characteristics that are important to families to pass down to the next generation. For example, the diamond represents the importance of respecting parents, the vertical lines represent strength, and the zigzag lines represent fairness.


Next, the class brainstormed qualities that are important to them, and came up with their own corresponding symbols. For example, the paw print reflects the importance of caring for animals, the triangle represents bravery and the curly-cue represents fun. Then, they chose two symbols and created their own strip of Kente cloth using oil pastels and watercolor. I combined all of the strips to create two Kindergarten Kente cloths hanging in the art room and on a bulletin board on the 3rd floor. The results are beautiful and full of meaning.



Stay tuned to see examples of Kindergarten pottery inspired by pottery from Morocco!

Warm Fall Leaves in Kindergarten

Kindergarten just wrapped up their unit all about color and painting. In this unit they learned about four different color groups: Primary colors (red, yellow, blue), secondary colors (purple, green, orange), warm colors (red, yellow, orange) and cool colors (green, blue, purple).

To learn about warm colors, artists viewed images of fall leaves and then created some of their own using pencils, sharpie markers and watercolor paints. This project was also an opportunity for artists to practice different brush techniques and color mixing. See these beautiful creations hanging in the third floor hallway!

KA Artists L to R: Vesper, Tanith, Annah, Maia

KB Artists L to R: Theadora, August, Georgia, Dalia

KC Artists L to R: Daniel, Bella, Beatrix, Jeremiah,

KD Artists L to R: Tobias, Iyla, Reagan