On Display: Good Enough to Eat!

You are in for a treat as students at Burnet Hill Elementary School, Collins Elementary School, and Mount Pleasant Elementary School studied food related art.   These young artists were all inspired by the amazing late artists Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud, who recently passed away on December 25, 2021, at the age of 101.  Thiebaud and Warhol were associated with the “Pop Art” movement because of their famous paintings of delicious cakes, ice creams, soup cans, and other foods.  They say we eat with our eyes first, and our young artists developed these beautiful pieces that are good enough to eat! 

Made you look?  Did you think these ice cream treats were real?  If so, fourth grade students at Collins and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools were successful in creating these Trompe L’oeil ice cream sundaes.  Trompe L’oeil (French: “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that has been used for centuries that involves replicating extremely realistic imagery in order to trick the audience.  Students drew inspiration from Wayne Thiebaud’s ice cream paintings and created their favorite flavors.  A variety of materials such as model magic clay, glue, and real sprinkles were used to create these “legendary” pieces.  

Not just soup! Third grade students at Collins Elementary School observed Andy Warhol’s famous Campbell’s soup cans and drew inspiration from his use of color and repetition. Students chose their favorite food and learned how to transfer and repeat their drawings onto colorful paintings. Using tempera sticks and oil pastels, students learned about applying expressive color to their artwork. 

Got a Sweet Tooth? If so you’ll love these decadent dessert oil pastel pieces, created by Burnet Hill Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s  second grade artists!  Students enjoyed learning about the late artist Wayne Thiebaud and his dessert inspired artwork, while creating their very own delicious masterpieces!  Artists focused on the Elements of Art,  form and color,  during this lesson. Students learned about form and dimension focusing on highlights, shadows, and drawing ellipses. When adding color,  students were encouraged to include complementary colors in order to make their work POP! Oil pastel techniques like blending, layering, and thick application were a must for this artwork and these students excelled! Each drawing was done on colored paper in order to give our backgrounds an additional glow. This was a fun creation  for each student with delicious results!

These pieces of art will be on display at the Livingston Public Library throughout the month of April. 

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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’s 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