Creative Tots Artist Of The Month (Jan) – Dale Chihuly

This month’s in class Art Enrichment honors our upcoming field trip by focusing on glass artist, Dale Chihuly.

Dale Chihuly, who was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, has become an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unmatched. He is a generous and charismatic individual with a forceful personality, who ceaselessly promotes himself and his material, glass, to audiences around the world.  From the beginning of his involvement with glass in the 1960s, Dale Chihuly has championed the use of blown glass as a vehicle for sculpture, focusing on the vessel in his explorations of color and form. Setting aside complex techniques in favor of letting the hot glass naturally find its own shape, he has produced work that is characterized by its large, gravity-influenced forms and minimal tooling as much as by its striking palette of colors.  (If you have visited the Indianapolis Children’s Museum you will now recognize the Chihuly chandelier that stretches 5 floors in the middle of the spiral stairwell.  A magnificent sight!)

Take a look at the work of Dale Chihuly below.  You can also click here to visit the official website for Dale Chihuly and discover the unstoppable influence Chihuly has had on the world of art and glass.

Our Art Tots learned about Dale Chihuly and his wonderful eye for color and form.  We discussed the beauty of glass and how it allows for the light to shine through emphasizing the intensity and relationship of the colors used.  Pre-K and Preschool Art Tots took it a step further by discussing the properties of glass and how it can be used to create art.  We learned how Chihuly would heat the glass to very high temperatures until it was so hot that it would glow red.  Then, just like hot cheese on pizza, he stretches the glass out.  From there he creates long snake like shapes or blows it up like a big hot balloon.  Chihuly also liked to let the glass form itself, after giving it a general shape, so that it looks wavy or organic.

With this thought in mind, Art Tots created this month’s art project as Dale Chihuly inspired suncatchers and organic shaped bowls.  Our Pre-K and Preschool Art Tots used plastic cups as a glass substitute and added their own blend on colors through lines and shapes.  We then used our school’s oven as a substitute kiln to melt our “bowls” into organic shapes.  Take a look below for the final results.  What talented artist’s we have!!!

Our Toddler and Early 3s Art Tots focused on the colors changing and combining in the light.  We used colored glue and lids for each Art Tot to make their piece to the final chandelier.  Take a look below for the individual example but stay tuned to the art show for the unveiling of the final chandelier.

Don’t forget that I am holding on to our Art Tots work from in class Art Enrichment to display in our fabulous Art Show in March.  Mark your calendars for this unforgettable event.

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Pre-K Sculpture inspired by Dale Chihuly

Preschool Sculpture inspired by Dale Chihuly

Toddler & Early 3 Chandelier Pieces inspired by Dale Chihuly

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Creative Tots Artist Of The Month (Dec) – Alberto Giacometti

Let’s get caught up…Shall we?  🙂  Last month’s in class Art Enrichment took us on a journey exploring the artwork of Alberto Giamcometti.

Alberto Giacometti (October 1901  – January 1966) was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman, and printmaker.  Giacometti was born in Borgonovo, now part of the Swiss municipality of Stampa, near the Italian border.  Giacometti was a key player in the Surrealist art movement, but his work resists easy categorization. Some describe it as formalist, others argue it is expressionist. Even after his excommunication from the Surrealist group, while the intention of his sculpting was usually imitation, the end products were an expression of his emotional response to the subject. He attempted to create renditions of his models the way he saw them, and the way he thought they ought to be seen. He once said that he was sculpting not the human figure but “the shadow that is cast.”

Take a look at the work of Alberto Giacometti below.  You can also click here to view some more artwork by Alberto Giacometti.

Our Art Tots discovered all about Giacometti’s work.  We discussed how Giacometti would study his models and how they moved as they walked, stood and interacted around his studio.  He became very interested in the way the human body would balance itself as it acted out these tasks.  Too much weight shifted to one side forced the body to naturally shift weight the opposite direction to stay upright.  Our Art Tots got to try a few poses out on their own to see how the body moved to balance itself.  Our Art Tots discovered what “sculpture” meant.  A sculpture is an artwork that could be seen by all sides or “in the round”.  Some artists just put so much into their work that they just didn’t want anyone to miss it from any angle.  🙂  We also discussed how Giacometti would create his metal sculptures by looking at this model or person posing for him and create what he saw…  now this also meant that he might see it differently than another artist or person in the room.

In his drawings and painting, Giacometti had the same theory or idea.  He worked quickly with lots of squiggly lines so he won’t miss any movement.  He believed that, mistake or not, every line should remain in the artwork as a growing history of how it came to be.

With this thought in mind, Art Tots created this month’s art projects.  Pre-K and Preschool Art Tots explored Giacometti’s sculptures as they used pipe cleaners for their armature or skeleton and aluminum foil as their sketchy metal surface.  Preschool’s modeled their sculptures from Giacometti’s dog and the Pre-K tried their hand at his human sculptures.  Our Early 3 and Toddler classes concentrated on Giacometti’s sketchy drawings and color palette.  Toddlers moved their hand around the paper capturing the movement with squiggles of gray and black.  Our Early 3s showed wonderful fine motor control as they used the templates to squiggle in their head and eyes.

Take a look below for examples of each age group’s wonderful projects!!

Don’t forget that I am holding on to our Art Tots work from in class Art Enrichment to display in our fabulous Art Show in March.  Mark your calendars for this unforgettable event.

Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti

Pre-K Sculpture inspired by Alberto Giacometti

Pre-K Sculpture inspired by Alberto Giacometti

Preschool Sculpture inspired by Alberto Giacometti

Early 3s Drawing inspired by Alberto Giacometti

Toddler Drawing inspired by Alberto Giacometti

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Creative Tots Artist of the Month – Alexander Calder

For January our in-class creative artists are expanding their exploration of sculpture with Alexander Calder.  Calder was inspired by balance and unity in the world around us.  He paid close attention to the balance of light and shadow, as well as natural movement in the air.  In an effort to unite the beauty in these elements, Calder invented the mobile.  We have Calder to thank for the creation of the suspended sculptures we place above the baby’s crib to keep her happy and entertained.

Below is a brief bio of Alexander Calder and a few pictures of his work.  If you would like to read more about him CLICK HERE.  If you would like to see more images of his work CLICK HERE.

“Alexander Calder (1898-1976), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially “drew” three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.”

Alexander Cadler (1898 - 1976)

Alexander Calder - The Star

Alexander Calder - Totem

Alexander Calder - Glass Fish

Alexander Calder - Fish

Alexander Calder - Mobile

Creative Tots Artist of the Month – Louise Nevelson

Our Creative Tot Artist are building great artistic knowledge as we explore sculpture this month in our Art classes.  This month we are studying the artist Louise Nevelson.  Our Artists are learning about sculpture being “in the round” as we discovered the ability to walk around our work to view it at multiple angles.  We discussed the use of light and shadow to create interesting shapes and patterns.  Students then built their own wooden sculptures in the style of Louise Nevelson.  Nevelson collected old scraps from her fathers wood factory and assembled them into interesting works of art, large and small.  Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Museum is currently exhibiting works by Louise Nevelson.

“Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was a towering figure in postwar American art, exerting great influence with her monumental installations, innovative sculpture made of found wood objects, and celebrated public art. She was recognized during her lifetime as one of America’s most distinguished artists, and her work continues to inspire contemporary sculptors today.”

For more information about Louise Nevelson as an artist:  CLICK HERE

For more photos of her sculptures:  CLICK HERE

Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson - Case with Five Balusters

Louise Nevelson - Rain Garden II