We are still plodding along.
In concluding Zoe’s study of Ancient Egypt we headed over to a friends house, who is a potter and she led us in a Canoptic jar Project….Canoptic Jars were used by the Ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. They were commonly either carved from limestone or were made of pottery.
Though still fired and glazed the building stage is done. We used the coil method and slowly built up the jars.
My canoptic jar became more of an urn! I have had this owl head for years and finally found a use for it!
The poem inscribed on the jar/urn is a Mary Oliver poem- Thirst! I’ll post more photos once they are glazed and fired!
As for art studies we discovered a new favorite artist a German artist Mary Bauermeister and her Lens Boxes, also known as her NYC Decade- There was a showing at the Smith College museum of Art, followed by a hands on art project! Very Inspiring.
Here is a sampling of her work followed by our projects…
I loved the combo of natural findings and ocean items, and the botanical art look, with a zentangle feel. Reminded me a little of another favorite, self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903–1972)who also created boxes using found objects, pages from old books, and dime-store trinkets, transformed everyday materials into curiosity cabinets … He was a kind of magician, turning everyday objects into mysterious treasures.
Here is mine, I am now eager to make a natural curiosity lens box coffee table! Already collecting items for it!
We have also been studying Picasso specifically his Blue Period, and the beginnings of abstract art and Cubism. Here is her interpretation of abstract cubism! (collage and pastels)
A trip to the Smith College Botanical Gardens bulb show last week introduced us to Impressionism…..when we are done with Picasso we will move onto the Impressionists. The flower show was a great way to introduce Impressionism and to compare to the abstract, realist and cubist styles. Zoe seems to really like history of art and history of music.
Being at the flower show also allowed to take some pictures as she has been eager for good photo project
Here are creation:
In other non art related news! Basketball Season finally ended! We have Saturday mornings back! But rejoice not for long as baseball/softball season begins tomorrow!
The song writing is coming a long well….as soon as i get a chance to record her I’ll post her newest song “Send Romeo”
We are using the rest of April for finish off some loose ends, finish the Coursera Guitar Class, complete our Black History Month, finish up our Picasso unit, complete reading the Lord of the Flies, and focus on a mini women’s history unit which consists of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and a biography on Elizabeth Cady Stanton. While still moving ahead with Math (Khan Academy), writing/spelling unit and latin.
Keep calm and carry on!