Andy Dyer's fifth grade students at EP Rock Elementary School recently completed a painting capstone lesson, where they were challenged to put into practice all of the painting skills that they have been learning in school.
The subject matter was open to their choice, but they had to purposely apply their understanding of the Elements of Art, and Principles of Design to convey a meaning or mood. Once the paintings were finished, each student composed an artist statement to give more information and help the viewer relate to their artwork.
Pictured is one example: “The City,” by Kayleigh Koenings.
“In my picture I tried to show contrast and mixture of the color I used. In the sky, the feeling it gave me was hope, and it brought me to a mindful state. Though the buildings brought me anger and joy from a fixed mindset. I wanted people to see it and feel nothing but passionate and have an empty mind. I hope this painting brings you creativity. The abstract marks on the buildings should draw your attention to the lines that show the buildings and bring your mind to extend the picture. When you see the windows, you tell the lights are on and you may wonder what is happening inside. The moon and those stars are outlined to bring you back to the sky. The city is yours, so bring it all to life.”