Grade 8: Students designed their own Mid-Term Exam, showcasing their research skills and interest in the Arts. The results were extremely varied, including a short play about Jackson Pollock and a website about a Japanese manga artist, Natsuki Takaya.
Grade 8: After exploring the basic elements of print-making, including the work of artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and the learning the correct vocabulary, students created a limited-edition series of prints of their own design. Using the materials at hand, they created a printing plate and then produced a run of five prints.
Grade 8: Students created a subtractive sculpture of their choice. After looking at classic Renaissance sculpture, including Michelangelo's David, students used vermiculite, plaster, and water to mixed their own medium, which was then poured it into a plastic cup used as a mold. After it set, they used kitchen utensils to "subtract" the plaster to reveal their sculpture.
Grade 8: After discussing the topic of "equality" and "diversity" in advance of Martin Luther King Day, students drew a poster design which succinctly communicated all of Dr. King's ideals.
Grade 7: Students created a list of interests and hobbies that described who they were, and then using the objects necessary for those hobbies, created a name design.
Grade 7: After looking at Memento Mori artwork, including images from Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration and a Roman mosaic, students created their own still-life using animal bones, horns and fake flowers. Then, using Conte crayons and View Finders, they created an observational drawing.
Grade 6: After introducing students to the work of Stephen Wiltshire and learning how to draw using one point perspective, including the use of parallel lines, a horizon line and vanishing point, students created their own fantasy city.
Grade 6: After exploring Red and Black figure vase painting from Ancient Greece and the everyday scenes that they depicted, students created an everyday scene from their life. After creating a tile out of terra-cotta clay, the slab was then incised, bisque fired, then glazed with black and clear glaze, and fired a last time.
Grade 6: Art & Drama Collaboration. Working in groups of four, students researched the history and context of a painting. They then created characters and a back-story for each character, as represented in the painting. Working with their Drama teacher, they wrote and performed a short play, in which the last scene of the play is a reenactment of the painting. Unfortunately, due to a power outage, the video of the play was lost. These are the four paintings the students worked with: Petrus Christus, Goldsmith in His Workshop; Edward Hopper, Nighthawks; Claude Monet, Garden at Sainte-Adrese; and Balthus, The Mountain.
Grade 6: MYP Developmental Workbooks, designed and illustrated by the students.
Middle School Group Work: The Middle School members of the Art Club created large scale posters depicting various Winter holidays. After researching each holiday and allocating specific tasks to each other, students drew and painted their design.
Family Programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apple Camp Workshop: Working with a Middle School student.