Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FIFTH GRADE . . . Holiday Cheer!

Here are few of our ornament sketches the fifth grade artists presented in art class. They were asked to draw an ornament that celebrates their traditions at home. It could symbolize a holiday or represent their love for the winter season. As you can see by these examples, the sketches also celebrate the creative style of our artists too. Some are bold and colorful, others more sketchy and realistic, and some, as shown in the photos above, are three dimensional! Such creative holiday cheer from the 5th graders at Ranney School!

Happy holidays to all of our Lower School families!

Ornament by Rianna K.

Ornament by Ava G.

Ornament by Desmond P.

Ornament by Gwendolen K.

Ornament by Isabella P.
Ornament by Rithvik D.

Monday, December 4, 2017

FIFTH GRADE . . . Sketching in the snow!

This week in our sketchpads, we drew animated snowmen illustrated with our personalities. Here are a few that might make you smile and perhaps not mind the cold weather so much...

Abriella Y.

Ava G.

Julia S.

Kieran C.

Rithvik D.

Marcella L.

Desmond P.

Krishna K.

Friday, December 1, 2017

ART CLUB . . . Our paintings!

I hope you all had the pleasure of seeing the amazing talent of our Lower School artists in Panther Hall Gallery! The show will remain up for part of December for your enjoyment and creative appreciation.

These are our After School Activities art club paintings. They will go home with the artists before the winter break. Happy Holidays and a creative New Year to everyone!

Painting by Michaela B.
Painting by Ava A.

Painting by Claire G.

Painting by Elijah A.

Painting by Eyan A.

Painting by Gianna E.

Painting by Karina B.
Painting by Alexa H.

Painting by As'ad W.
Painting by Lexi M.

Painting by Mara M.
Painting by Lukas V.
Painting by Noah C.

Painting by Sydney Z.

SECOND GRADE . . . Still life with a pumpkin

Still Life by Alina
Second graders completed their still life studies in art class. We created an arrangement of round objects on a table and many of the students added colorful tablecloths with an interesting background too.

Every round object we created began with a circle or an oval. The top of a vase or a bowl looks like a circle when you look straight down at the object, but when it is placed on an table and you see it from a distance, the top circle appears more as an oval. Even the bottom line of the vase appears to have the same curve as the oval at the top. Understanding how to represent a round object on paper helps us to better see the form. Once we created an interesting arrangement with overlapping objects and added in the details of our pumpkin, the table and the background, we had fun coloring in our scenes.

Here are a few more wonderful examples of our still life drawings. You can see everyone's work by following this link to artsonia.com.     http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=114839

Still Life by Amrita

Still Life by Paul

Still Life by Phillip

Still Life by Hannah
Note to families...
This art blog will be updated regularly with new posts sharing our daily activities in the art room and news about upcoming art exhibits. To respect the privacy of our students, names will always be limited to first name only and identifiable photos will never be accompanied with a name. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write in the comment box below or send me an email at blevine@ranneyschool.org. I would love to hear from you!
    In my class, students are given the chance to explore different materials and fun new techniques as they develop their signature style. Some young artists love to draw with a pencil, some like to paint on canvas or create images in a digital format, while others prefer working with clay and molding three-dimensional forms. In my classroom, we use a variety of materials allowing all artists to experiment and figure out which type of art they like the best. At Ranney School, we place a strong emphasis on originality and celebrate artistic differences, always nurturing and encouraging the imagination of every student.
     Remember to check out our display of finished artwork and student portfolios in the Ranney home page of Artsonia.com.  http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=114839

Monday, November 20, 2017


FIFTH GRADE . . . We are in the gallery!

Our 5th grade self-portraits are digital portraits! We used an app on the iPad called, Sketchbook Pro. This app allows us to work from an image and to work in layers. In the tools palette of the app you are able to select from a pencil, pen, paintbrush, airbrush, eraser, chisel marker and many other art tools. In addition, you are able to choose the weight of line, the opacity of the color and work in colors from a variety of different palettes. The choice of how you draw and what you can create is endless!

David Hockney
iPad Illustration for the New Yorker
David Hockney is a famous present day artist from England, well known for his bold and colorful canvases. Mr. Hockney has also become known for his digital artwork as well, using drawing apps and creating illustrations for the cover of the New Yorker Magazine. Creating art on a tablet or phone is no longer just a game or a way to pass the time, it is used by many artists as their modern day sketchpad and can be considered a serious art form that reflects our time.

Here is a quote by David Hockney...
“People from the village come up and tease me: ‘We hear you’ve started drawing on your telephone,’” Mr. Hockney said in a quotation displayed in the exhibition. “And I tell them, ‘Well, no, actually, it’s just that occasionally I speak on my sketch pad.’”

When we drew our portraits, we worked in layers. One layer was our drawing layer, using a thin black line. The next layer was our color layer and we could choose from many colors in a variety of color palettes, as well as pick up a color directly from the photograph. The final layer was created for the background design and that layer sits behind everything else.

To see all of our portraits, come by Panther Hall gallery at any time this month. You can also check out our exhibition page on Artsonia.com.

Friday, November 17, 2017

PRE-KINDERGARTEN . . . The colors of fall

Forest scene by Henry
The autumn sky is always filled with such brilliant colors and we filled our wonderful forest scenes with many colors of watercolor paint. Everywhere the watercolors blended together on the page we were surprised to have made even more colors for the rich background of our forests. To create the bark for the trees we drew lines on brown paper and then cut the paper into strips. We are still learning how to control our scissors properly but any irregular edges actually made for more realistic looking trees! The adorable animals were drawn separately and then the entire scene was glued together as a collage. Our autumn leaves were added with a sponge dipped in paint.

Here are a few more examples of our artwork. To see all of our forests, check out our home page of artsonia.com with this link...    http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=114839

Forest scene by Emerson

Forest scene by Grant

Forest scene by David

Forest scene by Amelie

Forest scene by Arjun

Forest scene by Elijah
Portrait by Gianna