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Thursday, October 08, 2015

The Art Page

  • 2015 Education Center Art Show

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 3/21/2015
    There was an artist reception on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    at the Education Center – First Floor Gallery-1426 N.Quincy Street, Arlington, VA
    Exhibits Dates: February 20- March 17, 2015
    Reception         Reception
    Reception      Reception
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  • Matt Sesow

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 3/21/2015
    Community Artist Matt Sesow visited ATS on Thursday March 19, 2015.
    Visit the artist website for more information on his work.
     Matt    Matt
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  • Operation Rain Barrel

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 3/21/2015

    ATS fifth graders are working on designing/painting a rain barrel for the 2015 Operation Rain Barrel. The Operation Rain Barrel is a fun, creative project with Arlington Public Schools that engage students and teach about environmental sustainability. Operation Rain Barrel is a project students begin each January and culminates at Go Gaga for Green–a community-wide event celebrating environmental sustainability–in April at the Arlington Campus. This event is sponsor by George Mason University’s Office of Community and Local Government Relations.

    rain barrel
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  • March is Arts in the Schools Month

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 3/21/2015
    As a way of celebrating our students artistic achievement we have transformed ATS into an art gallery by displaying at least one piece of artwork per student in our bulletin boards. The artwork will be on display for the entire month of March. Check it out!
    Kindergarten    Fourth grade  
    Please also check a slide show featuring students' artwork during the Music Recital on March 26 at 6:30 PM and during our school assembly on March 27 at 2:00 PM
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  • The Arlington Connection

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 1/9/2015
    Congratulations to all of the artists who's beautiful artwork is on The Arlington Connection newspaper. We are very proud of you!
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  • ATS Teachers love making art

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 11/6/2014
    Ms. Barba (fabulous fourth grade teacher) made a mask with her students in the art room. Her fourth graders enjoyed watching her teacher's creativity unfold in front of their eyes. Great job Ms. Barba! 

    Ms. Barba       Ms. Barba's mask
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  • Square Art 1 fundraiser

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 11/5/2014
    The ATS art department is working this 2014-2015 school year with Square 1 Art Company (https://square1art.com/) on a fundraiser.  
    All the proceeds are used to buy art supplies and equipment.  Some of the things that we have bought with the fundraiser money in the past are: guest artists, field trips, books, videos, slab roller, potter’s wheel, extra clay, paints and other consumable art materials for special projects to enhance the art education of every child at the school.  

    This year we purchased an 8-Roll Vertical Rack. We plan to use these colorful papers on sceneries for school plays.



    We still have some money left over in the account and we are planning on using it to hire a local artists to help with a very special cross curricular activity that will benefit all of our students. Stay tune for more information on this special project!
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  • Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 11/2/2014
    Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead 
    Community artists and families met at the Arlington Arts Center http://https://www.arlingtonartscenter.org for their annual Day of the Dead celebration.  
    It was a great opportunity to learn about Mexican/ Latin American art and culture. 
                                                               Mexican dancers    
    "More about celebrating life than remembering death, this special day encourages us to connect with loved ones while reflecting on the ties that bind the past to present." 
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  • October is Disability Awareness Month

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 10/31/2014
    Frida Kahlo A Great Disabled Artist
      Frida Perez        Halloween

    Did you know?
    That Frida Kahlo contracted polio at the age of 6, then suffered a near-fatal bus crash at the age of 18 that left her with a lifetime of pain? She was able to transcend her pain and express it in her paintings.

    Frida Kahlo lived in Mexico over 70 years ago. She had Polio and used a wheelchair after a tram car accident when she was 18 years old.

    Frida is most famous for her self portraits. A self portrait is when an artist paints them self and nothing more. They’ll look in the mirror, or at a photo of their themselves, and they’ll paint and paint. Sometimes these paintings help discover new things about someone or show the world in a new way.

    The accident she was in was scary. Frida was riding a tram car when a trolley hit it. She broke her spinal column, collarbone, and pelvis. Her right leg was broke in 11 places and her right foot was crushed. She had to be in a body cast for three months to heal. Not fun! She couldn’t move and was in a lot pain while she waited to get better. It was then that she discovered painting. Her mom made her a special easel to paint from bed, that is how her painting career began.

    Frida’s self-portraits show her in her back brace, her wheelchair, her beautiful Mexican clothing and much more. They also show the pan she went through after her accident.  I love that Frida wasn’t ashamed of her disability or felt like she had to hide it in her art. Although she did get better and was able to walk again, she stuck to painting for the rest of her life.

    What other artists with disabilities do you appreciate? In what ways can you relate to their artwork?
    Here is a link with other visual artists with disabilities. Check them out!
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  • Matt Sesow

    Posted by Veronica Perez at 10/31/2014

    ATS students are currently learning about visual artists with different disabilities. Some of the artists mentioned in class were: Stephen Wittshire, Maria Ilion, Joseph Cartin, Peter Longstaff, Willow Bascom, Alice Schonfield, Keith salmon, Lisa Fittipaldi and Matt Sesow.
    Inspired by local artist Matt Sesow the students are making artwork of animal portraits and plan to write letters and send them to the artist. Click on this link to read the artist statement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sesow

    About Matt Sesow

    Matt Sesow began creating art in 1993 as a reaction to being hit by an airplane that amputated his dominant hand when he was a child. For the past 20 years, Sesow has used a variety of little icons in his paintings to help tell the story of his trauma and lifetime successes. Icons such as bunnies, birds, teacups, and teeth surrounded by bright red lips all help to tell the ongoing stories from the mind and experiences of Matt Sesow. Sesow has exhibited in galleries around the world and is part of the inventory of several outsider and naive art collectors.

     Students' artwork
     sesow     sesow
    birds              bird
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