November Art Intensive

img_5234Our Art Intensive for K-5 started November 7.   We packed in a lot of learning and capped off the week with our annual Art in the Garden event on Tuesday, November 15.

img_5235This Art Intensive has  been all about the garden!
Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, sent us into our garden.  Students selected flowers and greens for the 5th grade class to use in floral arrangements.   As our study in floral design taught us, we focused on three distinct types of arrangement: upright, slanting and cascading.  Luca shared an article with us about Constance Spry, a British floral designer.  (Thanks, Luca!)  Students experimented with photography – a significant art form – and were challenged to look for the beauty in the unusual objects in nature, just as Spry did.  The students amazed me with their unique perspectives in their photographs.  We were able to look at the things we pass by every day in a new, more appreciative way.  We picked up oil pastels, pastel chalk and water color pencils to create still-life floral pictures inspired by our garden.  Discussion about the French Post-Impressionist, Henri Matisse, further enhanced the students’ understanding for and appreciation of still life paintings.  We looked at Matisse’s wild floral painting, Fleurs, and his Goldfish.  We briefly talked about Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist who also was married to Frida Kahlo, the artist we studied earlier in the year.  We compared both of their watermelon still life paintings.  Students were able to more closely study Rivera’s The Watermelons as they colored a copy of his painting.
I enjoyed the time with your children very much!
Mrs. Bromme
Art Teacher K-5

Art in the Garden

Tuesday, November 15, Orlando Junior Academy held it’s annual Art in the Garden.
Our hopes and goals for Art in the Garden are simple:
Our desire is for students to witness artists, writers, musicians and performers as they thoughtfully “take in” the garden.  As artists find their inspiration, choose focus, perspective and purpose, we’re watching them take an idea & bring it to completion.
We hope that by letting students observe and learn from our guests in this fun environment, that the students will gain tools for creative problem solving.
We hope students will realize that, like the artists they watch at work in our garden,  creativity can show itself in many ways.
img_5229Art in the Garden is taking the classroom outside – literally!  Students, learning by example, find ways to think outside of the box and see beyond that “proverbial wall” that may be blocking their success.  Sometimes we’re stalled by fear, or the idea that “I can’t”.  Art in the Garden shows us that “We All Can” in so many wonderful ways!
img_5227That’s our goal.  ……… The word that came to my mind as I watched our “garden reality show” was “WOW”!  I observed children awash in creative learning experiences.  Bee Keepers, Musicians -including a Hawaiian Ukulele Player and our own Drum Core, a Children’s Book Author, Writers, Painters, Chalk Artists, and OJA art students with Still Life Drawings on display.  We also had the opportunity to work with Mr. Tilstra on an OJA Mural and Mrs. Bromme on an OJA Garden Abstract.  Student Photographers were roaming.  That’s just a few of the exciting activities going on during our Art in the Garden event!
Imaginations continued to ignite in the afternoon.  Even though regular classroom learning returned, it was inspiring for teachers to see the chain reaction that the morning experiences provided.  There were enriching conversations and reflection on the fun morning.  Journal entries, relationship building, renewed concentration and desire to focus on personal projects deepen our garden experience.
Looking forward to next year!

Hurricane Matthew

OJA will be closed Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, due to hurricane Matthew. Any changes will be posted here and sent via email.