Prairie Trace Elementary is the featured Carmel-Clay Elementary School for the month of March. Catherine Ingram, the art teacher for Prairie Trace Elementary, selected five well-known artists for her students to study. These artists: Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Romero Britto, Kimmy Cantrell and Andy Warhol, were known for their use of color and expression.
Rachelle Rodriguez, Carmel Elementary‘s art teacher. inspired her art students with the theme of “There is An Artist in All of the United States.” She has taught Art for 18 years and is currently in her 6th year at Carmel Elementary. Rachelle uses the Disciplined Based Art Education approach is planning art lessons for her students.
Her students focused on the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Indiana, Grant Wood, Andy Warhol as well as several other American artists to develop this theme for their exhibit.
The 4th and 5th grade students took a field trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to further their exploration of this theme and visited the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit and other Indiana and American artists.
Rachelle is especially honored to have one of her 1st grade student’s artwork selected to be displayed alongside the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit currently featured at the IMA.
The Second Room of the Children’s Gallery
Throughout February, the Carmel Arts Council will feature student art from all three of the Carmel-Clay Middle Schools, Carmel High School and from the Carmel sister cities of Kawachinagano, Japan and Xiangyang, China.
Carmel High School Art: This exhibit features art selected by Carmel High School Art Department Head, Jenn Bubp. The art selected is an excellent representation of CHS’s Photography classes and Drawing classes at CHS.
Carmel-Clay Middle School Art: The Art teachers from the Carmel-Clay Middle Schools have selected art from each of their classes for the Carmel Arts Council to display.
Kawachinagano, Japan: Art from Kawachinagano, Japan, a “sister city” to Carmel sent student art from their elementary and junior high schools for the Carmel Arts Council to display. This art is on loan from the Carmel Sister Cities, Incorporated organization.
Xiangyang, China: Student art from Xiangyang, China, a “sister city” to Carmel has been loaned to the Carmel Arts Council from the Carmel-Xiangyang Sister City Youth Committee.
In January the Carmel Arts Council is featuring the student art of College Wood Elementary. The College Wood Elementary teacher is Brooke Roth. You can see the entire exhibit on our Flickr gallery page.
Second Room Gallery
Throughout January the Carmel Arts Council will feature art in the second room of their gallery from Carmel High School, all three of the Carmel-Clay Middle Schools as well as art from the Carmel sister cities of Kawachinagano, Japan and Xiangyang, China.
The featured exhibits are:
Carmel High School Art: This exhibit features high school art selected by Carmel High School Art Department Head, Jen Bubp. The art selected is a good representation of photography and drawing classes at Carmel High School.
Carmel-Clay Middle School Art: The Art teachers from the Carmel-Clay Middle Schools of Creekside, Clay and Carmel are exhibiting art from several of their classes.
Kawachinagano, Japan Student Art Exhibit: Kawachinagano, Japan, a sister city to Carmel sent student art from their elementary and junior high schools for the Carmel Arts Council to display. This art is on loan from the Carmel Sister Cities, Incorporated organization.
Xiangyang, China Student Art Exhibit – Xiangyang, China, a sister city to Carmel sent Student art for the Carmel Arts Council to exhibit in their gallery. The art is on loan from the Carmel-Xiangyang Sister City Youth Committee.
Angie Crider has begun her 12th year teaching elementary art at Smoky Row Elementary and bases her art curriculum on the Disciplined-Based Art Education (DBAE) approach. She follows the guidelines of the Carmel Clay Fine Arts Curriculum and the Indiana Visual Art Standards.
DBAE goes beyond painting a pretty picture. It’s is a method of teaching and studying art that exposes students to four distinct art disciplines: Art Criticism, Art Aesthetics, Art History and Art Production. Developing knowledge and skills in these four areas allows the student to attain a more thorough comprehension of visual arts. Each discipline is tailored to specific ages and grade levels.
The Carmel Arts Council and the Carmel Mayors Youth Council played host to Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 25, which was held in the Civic Square. Some came with pumpkins already carved, and others carved them on site. At the end of the day, there were four categories of winners: elementary, middle school, high school and adult.
Here’s a sampling of the photos we collected from the day’s events.
Scott Barajas is in his 18th year teaching elementary art education and the past 8 years at Mohawk Trails Elementary School. He has designed his classroom to allow all students the opportunity to create art and develop their skills.
Along the way, his students discover the many artists’ styles and their ideas. This journey enables his students to better understand their work and its connection to the many artists and styles they learn.
In support of the upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Scott had each grade level create a work inspired by the art of O’Keeffe.
Mohawk Trails Art Students Celebrate the Art and Life of Georgia O’Keeffe
Kate Ristow, the Cherry Tree Elementary Art teacher has been teaching Art for 10 years in the Carmel Clay School System. Kate began teaching Art classes at Carmel High School and in 2012 moved to Cherry Tree Elementary.
While at CHS, Kate taught beginning, intermediate and advanced drawing as well as Art History and Independent Study in Art. Kate is honored that her CHS students won over 35 Scholastic Art awards at both the state and national levels.
Kate’s favorite art form is drawing and her favorite mediums include pencil, pastels and colored pencils. Photography and Art history are also among Kate’s interests.
Cherry Tree Student Art from Grades 1-5:
First Grade: The first grade students drew inspiration from Piet Mondrian’s art form called “Neoplasticism.” Mondrian’s art uses grids of horizontal and vertical black lines which are filled in with primary colors. The first grade’s “Mondrian Animals” were created by using primary color markers.
Second Grade and Third Grades: These students did a “Creative Line” exercise by creating “Crazy Hair” drawings with sharpies. They also made “patterned giraffes” in crayon and watercolor paint.
Fourth Grade: The fourth grade students made “Name Tangles” in markers and crayons.
Fifth Grade: Fifth grade students completed “Op Art” hand drawings in marker and “Leapin’ Lizzards” drawings in oil pastel.
Ian Mullins-Zugelder, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Art teacher, has prepared an interesting art exhibit that includes the individual art work of over 600 of his art students for an “all in one art show.”
Each grade was assigned a famous work of art and each student in that grade received a random piece of the artwork and had to replicate it using colored pencil. The pieces were then reassembled into that grade’s own adaptation of the masterpiece.
“Mr.MZ” as Ian is affectionately called by his art students has also incorporated interesting electronic technology for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel art exhibit by using the app known as Aurasma.
The app, explained in a video shot by Ian, will identify the individual art students on the piece the individual student created to contribute to the overall class project. Aurasma will also show the original piece as completed by the famous artist.
Periodically, the Carmel Arts Council will feature work from members of our High School Division Art. In May, we’re proud to present Alex Mikev’s work in the Children’s Art Gallery on Main Street.
“Lift” is a piece created for the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing portfolio titled “Momentum,” which tells the story of my artistic talent.
Up to this point, I have always created art with the goal of emotionally connecting to the viewer through meticulous drawing techniques, as well as by creating surrealistic imagery that serves as a visual narrative.
My attention to detail allows me to draw subject matter that appears remarkably lifelike, yet also cannot exist in the real world. Adding this surrealistic element to my work has allowed me to express myself through visual metaphors.
I am very goal oriented, which naturally leads me to create analogies to my personal endeavors and everlasting search for self-improvement. In essence, I have made art with the intention to create beauty by drawing upon my own life experiences.
This is my second year at FDE and I am so excited to be here. I am originally from Michigan and have taught art in several other states. I am a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design and enjoying drawing portraits in colored pencil in my free time. I live in Noblesville with my husband Jake and our son Paul.
The artworks chosen for this show represent a sampling of colorful projects completed this year, and our show is entitled “A Spectrum of Colorful Art!”