This was our first year of Art Foundations Intensives, an invite-only full-year course for the serious art student. The AFI students worked for 33 weeks on drawings, paintings, and sculptures, all the while learning about the philosophies behind great art. We even had a field trip to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ earlier this month. Some of our AFI students are mentors in a Chagalls class with students ages 3-5, sharing their love of art and helping out a younger generation.
We have three different AFI levels, with students grouped by age. Each level had a unique final project assignment.
Our youngest students, in AFI 1, were tasked with creating a vessel from clay that pertained to one of the five senses. The students got very creative in interpreting this assignment.
One artist focused on touch, creating a vase that was half smooth and half textured. She also painted it to enhance these qualities, using one flat color on the smooth side and speckled paint on the textured side.
Two students concentrated on taste and decided candy should be theme to express that sense. One created a fluted candy container with a trapdoor. The other also made a candy vessel of clay slabs and painted it with striped paints.
Two students also chose smell. One made a vessel for holding a fragrant flowered plant and painted it to represent flowers – pink for the roses, black drips representing soil, and inside, forest green to reflect foliage. The other “smell” project was 4 star-shaped candle holders, one holder for each unique scent. She chose the colors first and then let that determine the scents: blueberry, green apple, black cherry and cran-orange.
- A series of 3 drawings that share a common element and tell a story
- A still life painting that utilizes three objects that symbolized the artist
- A tabletop version of a fruit sculpture from our Artist Harvest series.
To wrap up the year, we had an art show displaying the Art Foundations Intensives final projects, as well as a site-specific string art piece created by the students before the show. Photos of that will be in our blog post next week!