Are we Art Smart at Madison? Yes, we are thanks to an amazing group of parents and grandparents who volunteer for this program each month. Recently Principal McMillen even picked a piece of art work from each grade for our Principal Pick Gallery. As you can see by the student work, it reflects what they have learned about each artist and their methods.
Students in kindergarten learned of Jackson Pollock, an American painter and major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.
First grade students learned of the fluid use of color through Henri Mattise a French artist.
Second grade students loved learning about 20th Century American author, painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell. Many recognized his works for their reflection of American culture and everyday life and remembered seeing his works at home on calendars.
Our third grade students have a great interest in the Old West and Native Americans. Their study of George Catlin, an American painter, author, and traveler, led to much discussion about what is was like for people and animals living during those years.
Our marvelous mathematical fourth grade students loved MC Escher when they learned that his work features mathematical objects and operations including impossible objects, explorations of infinity, reflection, symmetry, and even tessellations. Math appears everywhere.
Our fifth grade students took a look at the works of Romare Bearden an Afro-American artist. Romare worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collages.