2009-04-10 / School News

Student Art Exhibit Planned At Seaside Library

Over the past couple of months, the Seaside Library Children's Room has hosted an Eric Carle art exhibit from PS/MS 225, which has brightened up the Children's Room and exhibited the talent of these students. Ms. Cone, the Seaside School art teacher, introduced an adapted Eric Carle workshop for all 2nd and 3rd grade students, in which they began studying the literature and illustrations of Carle's work.

With the help of Ms. Cone, over a period of four weeks, the students learned in depth about Carle's art techniques. At the end of the unit, the students were able to demonstrate the use of dot finger painting, wet and dry painting, crayon texture rubbings, splatter painting, and sponge painting in their artwork.

Before tackling these techniques, the students traced the author's characters directly from the book. The images were then transferred by pencil to construction paper by applying a dark crayon to the back of the tracing. Finally, the students applied the visual texture workshop demonstrations to the images on the picture plane independently. When the artwork was complete, the students added sentence strips describing Eric Carle characters.

In coordination with the Queens Library at Seaside, Ms. Cone set up the Carle exhibit which was on display from December 2008 through February 2009. PS/MS 225 students were proud to have their artwork on display. Patrons of all ages expressed their praise and appreciation for the children's artwork. In mid-April, the Seaside Library plans to host a second student art exhibit inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso.

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