On Display March 2022: Art Around the World

Grab your passports, and visit the Livingston Library for an artistic journey around the world!  Livingston Public School students from Harrison Elementary School, Hillside Elementary School, and Riker Hill Elementary School collaborated to create an art display inspired by various countries and cultural traditions from around the globe. The work featured is a selection of two dimensional and three dimensional artwork created by first through fifth grade students, and will be exhibited in the Library‚Äôs display case throughout the month of March.  

Harrison Elementary third grade students learned about the stories of the dragon from China and its significance in the culture as well as the symbol of the color red. Working on brush control, students learned how to use a single brush to give the larger freeform brush stroke of the body, to the light delicate touch of the small details. 

The first grade students at Harrison learned about the ancient craft of porcelain tea cups from China. Creating their own cups in modeling clay while using the traditional color of cobalt blue. The students looked at traditional designs, patterns and drawings to add details to their pots.

Students from Hillside focused on the traditions and significance of art from Mexico. Fifth graders learned about Alebrijes, fantastical creatures featured in Mexican folk art,  that combine different animals together as one. Traditionally, they also must feature three of the four elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. Students chose animals symbolically to represent their own personality, and learned to use various types of media to develop their Alebrije. 

Second grade students learned about the importance of Talavera pottery from Pueblo, Mexico. Almost made exclusively by hand, this pottery is not only functional, but also featured in architecture around the city.  It is recognizable by its patterns and specific color palette, as it is believed that this type of pottery can only be created by using natural pigments. Second graders learned how to build a pinch pot and created a pattern inspired by the Talavera style.  

First grade students from Riker Hill learned about the Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt and his heavy use of patterns and gold. Gustav was a fan of nature and enjoyed painting in the nearby woods. They focused on creating warm or cool colored backgrounds and then proceeded to add patterns to different parts of their project using gold and silver paint, markers and colored pencils. 

Fourth grade students learned about artist and educator Lois Mailou Jones and the variety of styles that she worked with. They analyzed her colorful paintings that were inspired by African and Haitian textiles and visual art. Some of these paintings had repetitive ideas and motifs which students then used to create their own non-objective sketch. This sketch was translated into a 3D piece by using hand building techniques in clay, such as rolling a ball, creating a coil and using the slab technique.

-Jessica, Interim Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions

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