Self Portraits and Accordion Books

5th grade artists recently celebrated the completion of their mixed-media self portraits!  These vibrant and expressive paintings incorporated image transfer, printmaking, painting, and collage.  We are excited to show these off on November 17th from 8:30 -9:15 at the Fifth Grade Visual, Performance & Language Arts Showcase!

5th grade artists then created handmade accordion books, incorporating the draw-through printmaking technique they learned with the portraits, as well as foundational bookbinding skills such as folding, glueing, and wrapping corners.

Below is a sneak preview of the portraits, two videos highlighting our accordion book project, and a glimpse of our artists as they begin to practice basic skills in drawing from life.  Soon, their accordion books will be used as sketchbooks as they practice their drawing skills; they will then be transformed into mixed-media artist books that tell as story about what it is like to learn how to draw!

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8th Grade Art Walk Tuesday, November 10th!

During Term 2 in 8th Grade, students will be developing their independent projects for their final exhibition at the Vera Art Gallery, Seattle Center on March 31st. We have been exploring questions around artistic process, including what is necessary to feed our imaginations and support our ideas? To help build their projects, students will have to consider everything from materials and process to concept and artistic influences–take a look at the Term 2 Curriculum.

There’s no better way to get inspired than by looking at art first hand. So on Tuesday, we will be going on our annual 8th Grade Art Walk. We will begin the day at the Art Exchange gallery to view an exhibition including work by local artist, Louie Gong. This exhibition will connect with an ongoing SJCU project that integrates art and identity. This project was recently featured in NWAIS Inspiration Lab! After this stop we will be exploring other galleries in the area. The main goals are for students to get inspired and pay close attention to what makes particular works interesting to them.


Reminders for the Art Walk

*Departing SGS at 10:30

*Wear comfortable shoes!

*Bring a sack lunch!

*Be prepared for rain showers!

*Students need a pencil and writing surface (notebook/clipboard)

*Please contact 8th Grade teachers if early dismissal is needed!