Today 701 got to go on a walking field trip to visit the current exhibition at The CUE foundation on 25th st. They have an interesting installation up by Margaret Cogswell about water and how we use /abuse it. Jackie from CUE came into our classroom last week and we got to make black out poems from the Cogswell's artist statement. Next week Jackie will come back to class and we are going to work on a water based project. Thanks CUE!
On Thursday 6th graders had an amazing trip to see the Whitney biennial. We were going to go to the park after the visit and write poetry bass on what we saw, but due to predicted thunderstorms (that never came) we had to cut that portion of the trip. We still got to see and discuss some wonderful work from hopper's early Sunday morning to the large scale camera obscura in the biennial. As usual students shared amazing insight and opinions on the work. They compared work to things we have studied in class and were able to critique work in a smart and cohesive way. I'm super proud!
This is a warning that the work discussed below and in the video depicts the human body in its most natural form.
This spring 6th graders studied the work of Kara Walker when we discussed about silhouettes. She is an African American artist that explores the ideas of race and gender by creating large scale landscapes of black paper cuts out. Her new work at The Domino Sugar Factory focuses on worker's rights and the history of the production of sugar. The sugar factory is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as high end housing in the next year. Walker, who lives in New York City and is a professor at Columbia University, has filled the sugar factory with huge sculptures partially made of sugar. I think its something you have to see to believe and hope you all get a chance to check it out.
The piece is titled: A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby: an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant
It is free and open Fridays 4-8pm and Saturdays 12-6pm at The Domino Sugar Factory in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn.
Click here to see an interesting video about the piece.
Check out this interesting article about an artist who created some beautiful images for a new book he made that illustrates scenes from the time when Dinosaurs roamed the earth. Click Here!
To celebrate the magazine Art in America's 100th anniversary this month, with the purchase of the May edition ($11) you get a lithography by the famous American Artist Jasper Johns. A lithograph is a style of printmaking that uses the idea that water and oil do not mix. The artist uses a greasy crayon to draw their image then transfers it to a stone. They then use an ink that bonds with the crayon and puts water over places they dont want the ink to go. Then using pressure they "stamp" it onto paper.
I was able to find a copy of the magazine but the store upped the price to $20 because this edition was in such high demand. Its still not that much money for a piece I really like. I also like supporting Art in America and have the fun memory of finding a copy of the magazine! Get your own! Happy Hunting!