Art Exhibit Hits the Road
For the Early Childhood classes, artistic expression helps develop fine motor skills, imagination and creativity, an early appreciation of culture, and so much more. The EC team got creative when thinking about how to best display their students’ art work amidst Covid restrictions. Introducing: The EC Drive-Through Art Show! Art from all three classes was mounted and displayed outdoors on a beautiful Sunday morning so that families could view the exhibits safely from their cars. In keeping with Schechter’s core values of lev tov (good heart) and klal Yisrael (community), families also brought non-perishable foods to donate to the West Hartford Food Pantry.
The Dubonim class (EC2) looked at Pointillism with artists such as Georges Seurat. They also looked at Aboriginal Dot Art, then watched age-appropriate videos about each style of art. Through both group projects and individual art, students used a variety of mediums and colors to get different effects resembling dots. Some of Dubonim's favorite pieces were entitled “The Rainbow,” “Under the Sea” (inspired by films of sea creatures), and “Pointillism Inspired Puzzles.”
The Sh’kedim class (EC3-4) was inspired by artist Keith Haring, who is famous for producing colorful cartoons and creating chalk drawings on the subway walls in NYC and making people happy through his art. Since the Sh’kedim children love to spend their school days moving their bodies, Haring was the perfect artist to study since so many of his works capture bodies in motion...breakdancing, flipping and crawling! The class read the book, The Boy Who Just
Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring and watched videos to gain inspiration for their own artistic process.
When thinking about what to highlight for their artist study, the T’marim teachers noticed that their students really enjoyed drawing themselves. They decided to focus on drawing self- portraits. They learned about artists such as Hanoch Piven, an Israeli artist who uses found objects to make portraits, and Pablo Picasso, who used vibrant colors and different shapes to make his art. The students created their portraits using different media including markers, found objects, collage material, paint, and photo selfies.
Click HERE to see pictures of the EC Drive-Through Art Show