Performance art captured as a photo collage
Our kindergarten students show off their acting abilities as well as giving us a glimpse at their true nature by striking a pose for Mr. and Mrs. Geist’s camera. Mrs. Lee’s composition and digital expertise capture our little actors in relation to one another as they begin their seven-year journey at DMP.
Jasmine Lee and Tracy and Chris Geist
Ceramics and mixed media
First-grade artists try their hand at sculpting and glazing by creating a school of brightly colored fish. Each fish has been delicately patterned, glazed and bears the artist’s initials. The fish swim joyfully outside the hand-blown glass symbolizing our young artists’ delight at completing another year of their elementary education. The glass can hold real fish, seashells, candy or plants making a stunning centerpiece.
Suminagashi paper collage
Second-graders used the information that they had gathered for their heritage study to create a unique work of art. With Mrs. London’s guidance, each student created a Suminagashi paper using the colors of their ancestor’s flag. The flag’s colors, the student’s name, the characteristic that their family values the most, as well as their native country, have all been used to create a collage of the Statue of Liberty. The collage, just like Lady Liberty, symbolizes the fact that even though they all come from around the world, and hold different values, they are all united in being American. Our second-graders are proud to be American.
Encaustic mixed media
The third graders were exposed to the creative form of mixed media art using encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax. It is used in a variety of mixed media applications and then applied to wood. The materials and wax are then fused together forming a work of art. Although encaustic is an ancient technique, many well known contemporary artists employ encaustic to enhance and solidify their works. The third graders demonstrated their understanding of composition and used their creativity to express themselves through color and pattern. Each child composed a mixed media piece on wood and was asked to choose a word that describes themselves. The word was incorporated in their piece of art and together they created a unified piece. Based on their descriptive word, can you guess which one is your child’s work?
Fourth graders took painted strips of canvas and molded them individually and in small groups to create this collaborative piece. Once the glue dried, children placed their pieces on the canvas to help with the overall composition. Since the piece is 3-D it will change with the orientation, quality of light and shadows that surround it.
Symbolizing mother nature, longevity and good luck, the turtle is a popular theme throughout time. Our fifth-grade artists select the turtle to also draw our attention to the sea turtles diminishing numbers and the issue of environmental protection. Inspired by such American nature lovers as Ansel Adams and John James Audubon, our students use watercolor mosaics to pay homage to this magical creature.
Our graduating class concludes their seven-year journey together by collaborating on this final project, which expresses perspective and mastery of representational art. The collage portrays a safe haven and magical setting for departure in hot air balloons toward a colorful and adventurous future. Three look up, reflecting their experiences together and looking forward to the future.
Nicole and Richard Ikkanda