May 28, 2013

Art Vocabulary 2012/2013

Resist - Resist techniques in art use the incompatibility of two mediums to create layered effects.  Most common is using crayons or wax on paper and fabric and brushing paint or dye over it.  The paint/ink will adhere to the paper or fabric surrounding the wax, but not the wax itself.  Traditional use of this technique with fabric it is called batik, see below:

Exhibition - a public showing of works of art.  Some exhibitions are organized around a theme, sometimes it is the subject matter of the artwork sometimes it is the media used to make the artwork.  Exhibitions occur in museums and galleries but also in public spaces.

First Grade artists have an exhibition at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that opens Thursday night!

Propel East Art Show May 23, 2013 5:30-8:00 pm!

Upcycling - is the process of converting useless or discarded items or waste into new, more useful materials or  products.
tee-shirt pom-poms

Printmaking - A print is a picture or mark made from a block, plate or other object covered in ink and then pressed onto a flat surface such as paper or textile.  Most prints can be produced over and over again by re-inking the block or plate, except a monotype which is a one-of-a-kind print.

Types of printing include: aquatint, engraving, etching, intaglio, linoleum cut, lithography, mezzotint, silkscreen, woodcut etc.

Andy Warhol - (August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987) - This year's PSSA artist!  Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Warhol was a leading figure in the Pop Art movement.  His artwork explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement.  After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and controversial artist.  The Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side of Pittsburgh holds an extensive collection of his art and is the largest museum in the US dedicated to a single artist. 

landscape - a picture or artwork that depicts natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers and sky.

pop art - was an art movement in the late 1950's and 1960's that reflected everyday life and common objects.  Pop artists blurred the line between fine art and commercial art.

pattern - one of the principles of design, a pattern is the repetition of anything - shapes, lines, or colors.  It can also mean something used as a model for making things, such as a sewing pattern.

balance - one of the "Principles of Design", it means to arrange the elements in a work of art so that no part overpowers, or seams heavier than any other part.  There are three types of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.


illustrator - An artist who creates the illustrations or pictures in a book, article or magazine.  Eric Carle is a very successful illustrator, known for his children's book illustrations that he creates using a collage technique.  Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 103 million copies of his books have been sold around the world.
collage - a picture or design created by adhering (gluing) basically flat elements as paper, illustrations, photos, fabric etc. to another piece of paper. Introduced by the CUBIST artists.  From the French word "coller" meaning to paste.

composition - the plan, placement or arrangement of the elements of art in a work of art.

monochromatic - a color scheme that uses one color, or hue, and that color's tints and shades.  

one color + black + white = monochromatic

Pointillism - is a painting technique in which small, distinct dots of color are applied to the canvas, to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.  

Impressionism - An art movement that originated in Paris, France producing independent exhibitions in the 1870's and 1880's.  Impressionists were known for: visible brushstrokes, painting outdoors, everyday subject matter, accurate depictions of light, and the inclusion of movement.
Noted Impressionist painters include: Claude Monet, Edward Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Mary Cassatt


Color - Color is produced by light of various wavelengths, and when light strikes an object and reflects back to the eye, we see color.
Color has three properties: 1. hue, the color name 2. intensity, the purity or strength of the color 3. value, the lightness or darkness of the color. 

Point of View - Often used interchangeably with "viewpoint".   The position or angle from which something is viewed or observed and the direction of the viewer's gaze.  Examples of the points of view possible in a picture are: from outside, from inside, from below, from above, etc.  

In a portrait a (snow)person can be shown from different viewpoints such as profile, 3/4 view, in front/behind, close up etc.

Seam - the line formed by sewing together pieces of cloth, leather or other material.  The stitches that make such a line.  Any line formed by joining two edges.

Textile - cloth or fabric.  Art made using textiles or fabric is called fiber art, including handmade dolls such as these:


Critique - an evaluation of something, usually a work of art, with comments on its good and bad qualities.

Value - the lightness or darkness of a color; contrast between light and dark.  You can make a color darker by adding black, it is called a shade.  You can make a color lighter by adding white, it is called a tint.

Brushwork - the particular manner in which the artist applies paint with a paintbrush.  Please be aware of good painting techniques to get your best brushwork.  Choose your brush type wisely. 

Control your brush!  Don't let it control you!  Clean your brush well - no one like a sloppy brush.

Folk Art - Art made by people who have had little or no formal schooling in art.  Folk artists usually make works of art with traditional techniques and content, in styles handed down through many generations, and often of a particular region.

Depth- the third dimension - 3D!  The apparent distance from front to back or near to far in an artwork.  In a landscape painting an artist will show depth by distinguishing foreground, middle ground and background.

Mold - a hollow form used for casting a fluid or plastic medium such as plaster, clay or metal.

Symmetrical Balance - is mirror balance.   Identical forms placed on either side of a center line or axis are symmetically balanced.  

Texture - An element of art, texture is the surface quality or "feel" of an object.  
An artist can create real texture as in this example where thread, knotting and buttons are used:

or an artist can create implied texture like in this Albrecht Durer print:

Fiber Art - Art that uses fiber, such as weaving, quilts and basketry. Fibers are natural or synthetic filaments that are spun into thread, or yarn.

Self Portrait - A portrait or representation of an artist, made by the artist. Typically, it is drawn or painted from a reflection in a mirror. 

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was famous for her self-portraits.

Contemporary Art  - Art produced at this present point in time.  

In museums, contemporary art usually refers to art created and collected since World War II.  

This year in Studio 101 we will look at some unique and ingenious contemporary art every Friday.  We call it "Freaky Fridays".  We will see artwork created by living artists, often using non-traditional art materials.  Inspired by these new and exciting ideas, students will have a chance to be art critics.  They will hone their skills in Critical and Aesthetic Response, part of the PA Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities.

Once again, we revisit this word at the start of a new school year...

Studio - The workroom of an artist such as a painter, sculptor, dancer or musician or a room or place for instruction or experimentation in one of the arts.

May 11, 2013

Art Show 2013

Please join us for the 2013 Propel East Art Show
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
5:30-8:30 pm

Our Art Show this year will feature artwork inspired by the beauty of nature. 
~ Over 400 works of art will be on display as well as 2 new, small murals that Art Club created for the multi-purpose room. 
~ A color-your-own tee shirt activity - Art Show shirts will be for sale for $5.  And if you want to transform your tee-shirt into a cool tote bag, a 6/7/8 grade artist can help you do that! 
~ In the galleries there will be live music provided from talented East pianists. 
~ Opportunities to make some art and refreshments too! 
The Art Show graphic this year was created by David Walden in collaboration with Ella Krings, Brandon Gabor and Ms. Babusci

Apr 22, 2013

Exhibit at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh features Propel East!

Propel East artists have over 100 works of art on display at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh in the Youth Gallery. 

The display is timed to coincide with The Association of Children's Museums national Convention happening in Pittsburgh April 30 - May2.  Author and illustrator Eric Carle is a keynote speaker, and we were asked to create artwork inspired by his books and illustrations.  We used his painted paper collage technique to create our beautiful art too!

Kindergarten artists recreated the beloved Very Hungry Caterpillar:

1st grade artists created beautiful landscapes and seascpapes:

7th and 8th grade artists created illustrations for an alphabet series called:
 A, B, C's: Animals, Beasties and Critters:

The artwork is on display April 22-May 5th!

More pictures on the Studio 101 Facebook page!

Apr 14, 2013

3 East Artists at the Carnegie Museum of Art!

This Sunday an exhibition opened at the Carnegie Museum of Art.  It features the artwork of students in the Carnegie's Art Connection Saturday classes.  (Yes, the same Saturday classes that Andy Warhol took too!)  Destiny and Joe (8th grade artists) and Brianna (5th grade artist) worked hard all year and their creativity is inspiring - congrats guys!

Destiny's Clay Relief

Brianna and Ms. Babusci

Joe's embroidery and printing block

Apr 7, 2013


Art Show
May 23rd, 2013
Interested in helping out? Please email Ms. Babusci

Mar 24, 2013

Can you lend a hand...or two?

Every year in Studio 101 4th grade artists make pillows.  However, that's a lot of pillows to sew together!  If you can help please email Ms. Babusci.  Look for more information in the letter I sent home in the March 22 Friday Folder.
Thank you!

Feb 7, 2013


Yes, it's true.  Studio 101 has it's own Facebook page.  Check it out.  Need extra motivation?  There are great pictures of the middle school artists Impressionist canvases - they are amazing!
Search for "Studio 101"


Alex, Jeremy, Dominic, and Danny worked together with patience and a collaborative spirit.  They were determined to use every one of the plank blocks in our set to make the tallest tower possible.  There were a few collapses and a little bit of trial and error - but they did it! 
The arts teach so many skills.  Great job guys.

Jan 13, 2013

Having a GREAT time at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum

Year three of our partnership with PCM!  First grade artists took their second trip last week and explored the idea of "collections".  We were able to see the museum's amazing puppet collection and we love visiting another art studio!

Jan 6, 2013

Middle School Artists Sewing

Middle school artists are sewing!  We just finished our sewing and textile unit.  We started out by viewing Uglydolls and looking at the trend of DIY dolls, monsters and creatures.  The first assignment required artists to come up with two possible designs and draw them in colored pencil.  Then, students learned how to create and use a pattern.  After choosing and cutting all the fabric pieces it was time to assemble and sew.  Students learned a straight stitch and whip stitch and how to sew on a button properly.  As the dolls came together they looked fantastic!  Students photographed their own finished design and those photos will be posted this week - in the mean time enjoy these: