• Hillcrest Art

     

    Cassandra Brown

    Art News!!
    We extend art beyond the walls of the art room with a program that I call "Artists of the Month".  I encourage children to always be creative, and not just for the short forty minutes that I have them in class.  To help promote the arts at home, I have two bulletin boards near the main office dedicated to showing off student art work created at home all year round.  If your child is interested in being recognized in the arts, have them create art work at home and bring it to me at Hillcrest School :)  Make sure your child's full name and teacher's name is on each work of art.  I will then announce who the artists of the month are over the loudspeaker and present them with a certificate.  I also take their picture and post it in the Hillcrest Highlights for all to see!  It is an exciting program, and I hope you can all participate:)

    Thank you,
    Cassandra Brown

    Timeline for Art Projects K-3

     

    Kindergarten
     
    September – October

    • Observing details – play “I Spy” and learn to see the world around them.
    • Create self-portraits incorporating the full body inspired by Henri Rousseau
    • Learn the Primary colors: red, yellow and blue and create a collage inspired by  Piet Mondrian
    • Look at the basic geometric shapes and create a multimedia picture inspired by Wassily Kandinsky
    • Work on cutting different shapes from a square and incorporate planned patterns
    • Look at the different seasons and discover what colors go with each season; make an oil resist with leaves inspired by Claude Monet

    November – December – January

    • Painting landscapes inspired by the Impressionist painters (Cezanne, van Gogh, Monet…)
      Learn to:
    • Use various brushes and brush techniques
    • Mix different colors such as the secondary colors and tints of colors
    • Work in layers by putting paint upon pain
    • Use tricks to paint objects, such as using a letter “Y” to make trees

     
    February – March – April

    • Discover the very first artwork created by people by studying Cave art
    • Hear stories about the discovery of the Cave of Lascaux in France
    • Learn about texture and make texture rubbings
    • Look at how animals are made up of shapes and learn to draw animals using shapes
    • Make 3-D Clay pinch pots and clay animals
    • Look at how art can be functional by discovering Inuit Art
    • Learn why the Inuit people make masks
    • Make a mask incorporating symmetry and exaggerated facial features

    May – June
                

    • Work on drawing by sketching lightly first
    • Make a sketch of a face putting in all the details
    • Put together a “Collage About Me”

                
     
    First Grade
     
    September – October

    • Discover how to make a Self-portrait appear to be in action by looking at mannequins and Winslow Homer’s “Snap the Whip”
    • Look at some of the basic Elements of Art:  Lines, Shapes and Colors
    • Work on mixing the Primary colors to make the secondary colors
    • Learn what and how to use the color wheel
    • Discover the trick ROYGBV to remember the order of the rainbow and to help remember what primary colors are needed to make the secondary colors, then make a painting inspired by Piet Mondrian
    • Review Geometric shapes and learn about freeform shapes and create a collage inspired by Henri Matisse
    • Look at and create patterns, learning the difference between planned and random

     

    November – December

    • Learn about Book Making as an art form
    • Incorporate Computer Graphics and Printing to compile their own unique book
    • Learn about Symbols and develop their own “art language” using symbols inspired by Henri Matisse
       

     

    January – February

    • Discover Atmospheric Perspective as a way to create depth in a picture
    • Look at how Henri Rousseau used a lot of overlapping to create depth, and then make their own paper layers
    • Look at various landscapes to see how a change in Value, where things look lighter when farther away, can create depth
    • Observe the world around them to see how a change in Size, where things look smaller when farther away, creates depth
    • Learn how to work from the top of the paper down, so things on the top are the farthest away
    • Look at Shadows in pictures and discover how to create shadows by looking at the location of the light source

     
    March – April;  Unit of Study on Egyptian Art

    • Create 3-D Pottery using slabs, coils and the pinch method
    • Design a unique Canopic Jar with the purpose of holding something important to them
    • Design a Cartouche using ancient Hieroglyphics
    • Learn to draw Egyptian style; creating faces in profile, making the most important person the largest, tell a story with the picture, show both arms and legs

                              

    May – June: Unit of study on Asian Art

    • Look at some ancient weavings;  weave their own tatamis (woven mats)
    • Discover Chinese Ink Brush Painting
    • Learn how Chinese paintings are Nature oriented and simplistic, with only the most important details being used
    • Work on Observation Drawing/Sketching through a still-life

     
    Second Grade

     
    September – October

    • Look at creating action in a picture through various animated pictures and the dancers and racehorses created by Edgar Degas
    • Learn to use Chalk Pastels as a way to work quickly, create animation and blend colors
    • Use mannequins and live models to simulate the actions when creating their own pastel picture of action
       

    November – January:  Unit of Study on Ancient Greek and Roman Art

    • Look at many ancient samples of Mosaics and the various materials that can be used to create a mosaic; make their own paper mosaic
    • Hear some of the ancient myths and make up their own unique myth that explains something mysterious or heralds a hero
    • Draw Action Figures inspired by stories and pictures from the very first Olympic Games held in Greece
    • Make 3-D Pottery:  plates and urns
    • Incorporate a story on the pottery
    • Utilize pattern designs for decoration

    February – March  : Learn about Abstract Art

    • Create an abstract painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe
    • Learn about warm and cool colors and use them in the painting
    • Discover what and how to make Tints and shades

    April – May: Unit on Native American Indian Art

    • Look at weavings from various tribes
    • Learn about different materials that can be used for looms and the terms Warp, weave and weft
    • Discover various ways to weave to create a multitude of patterns
       

    June

    • Look at Still – lifes: Learn to do Observation drawing of realistic 3-D forms
    • Discover how to use pastels for Blending and shading
    • Use shadows to help make objects look realistic and 3-D
    • Learn tricks for drawing realistic objects using simple shapes

     

     

    Dear Parents,

    This is the beginning of a long and wonderful relationship.  My name is Cassandra Brown, and I will be your child’s art teacher from kindergarten through fifth grade, so I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.  I have been teaching in the Morris School District since 1996. I received my B.A. degree in art education from Trenton State College (currently known as The College of NJ).  I have also obtained my Master in the Art of Teaching through Marygrove College.  I am a fifth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art style Isshin-Ryu, and I also enjoy running, walking, hiking, swimming and camping with my husband, and three kids.  In my “free” time I help at our church and create pottery, draw and paint murals.  At Trenton I participated in two intercollegiate women’s sports, field hockey and lacrosse.
                  The arts are a very vital part of growing up and learning, since they stimulate intellectual development, as well as physical, emotional, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual growth.  To create a well-rounded art curriculum, my teaching style centers around a philosophy known as Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE).  DBAE incorporates four disciplines:  art production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics.  The arts open up doors that no other subject can touch, by stretching the limits and testing the imagination.  Abstract art allows for higher-level thinking, while realistic art tunes our observational skills.  My goal as an art teacher is not only to teach your child about art history and techniques, but to teach your child about making decisions, about discovering who they are and what they are feeling, and finding ways to express those emotions.
                  My belief is that every child should be successful in art, and although there will be some projects that fail; there is never a failure in the classroom.  Every project will teach him/her something new and bring him/her to another level.  Their art is unique and special, just as your child is a unique individual.
                   I encourage you to take your child to view the arts at museums, galleries, or theaters and join in the joy of exploration and appreciation.  It is never too late to get involved in the production of art (if you are not already), so also take some time to inspire your child by creating your own unique work of art!  There will be an art show at the end of the year, so I will not be sending many of the projects home until after the May art show.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call, visit or email anytime.  I would love to hear from you. You can also check out the website www.hillcrestschoolnj.org /classes and programs/art to see what we are doing.
    My email address is cassandra.brown@msdk12.net
    My phone number is (973) 292-2240 x 5102

                                                                                                      Sincerely,

                                                                                                      Cassandra L. Brown
                                                                                                      Art Specialist

     

    Queridos padres,

    Este es el comienzo de una larga y maravillosa relación. Mi nombre es Cassandra Brown, y seré la maestra de arte de su hijo/a desde kindergarten hasta quinto grado, por lo que me gustaría tener la oportunidad de hablarles un poquito acerca de mí. He estado enseñando en el Distrito Escolar de Morris durante dieciséis años. Recibí mi diploma de B.A. en educación artística en el Trenton State College (actualmente conocido como The College of NJ). He obtenido además mi Master in the Art of Teaching en el Marygrove College.  Soy un cinturón negro de quinta categoría en el arte marcial japonés Isshin-Ryu, y disfruto correr, caminar, escalar, nadar y acampar con mi marido y mis tres hijos. En mi tiempo “libre” ayudo a nuestra iglesia a crear cerámicas, dibujo y pinto murales. En Trenton participé en dos deportes intercolegiales para mujeres, hockey sobre césped y lacrosse.
    El arte es una parte muy vital del crecimiento y el aprendizaje, dado que estimula el desarrollo intelectual, así como el crecimiento físico, emocional, estético, moral y espiritual. Para crear un currículum bien armado, mi estilo de enseñanza se centra alrededor de una filosofía conocida como Educación Artística Basada en la Disciplina (Discipline-Based Art Education: DBAE).  DBAE incorpora cuatro disciplinas: producción de arte, historia del art history, crítica del arte y estética. El arte abre puertas que ninguna otra materia puede tocar, extendiendo los límites y poniendo a prueba la imaginación. El arte abstracto permite el pensamiento de alto nivel, mientras que el arte realista templa nuestra capacidad de observar. Mi meta como maestra de arte es no solamente enseñarle a su hijo/a la historia del arte y las técnicas, sino enseñarle a tomar decisiones, a descubrir quiénes son y qué sienten, y a encontrar formas de expresar sus emociones.
    Creo que cada niño/a debería tener éxito en el arte, y pese a que habrá algunos proyectos en que fallarán, nunca hay fracaso en la clase. Cada proyecto les enseñará algo nuevo y los llevará a otro nivel. Su arte es único y especial, tal como su hijo/a es un individuo único.
                Les pido que lleven a su hijo/a a ver el arte en museos, galerías o peatros, y que se unan para disfrutar la exploración y el aprecio del arte. Nunca es demasiado tarde para involucrarse en la producción de arte (si no lo han hecho ya), por lo que tomen algún tiempo para inspirar a su hijo/a creando su propio y único trabajo artístico. Habrá un show de arte al finalizar el año, por lo que no habré de mandar a casa muchos de los proyectos hasta después del show artístico de mayo. Si tienen alguna pregunta por favor siéntanse libre de llamarme, visitarme o enviar un correo electrónico en cualquier momento. Me encantaría oír de ustedes. También pueden ver el sitio en el Internet www.hillcrestschoolnj.org /classes and programs/art, para ver lo que estamos haciendo.
    Mi dirección electrónica es cassandra.brown@msdk12.net
    Mi teléfono es (973) 292-2240 x 5102

                                                                                        Sinceramente,

                                                                                        Cassandra L. Brown
                                                                                        Especialista en Arte