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On Display February 2024: Livingston Elementary Schools Explore Line

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On Display February 2024: Livingston Elementary Schools Explore Line

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As a collaboration between the Livingston Public Library and the Livingston Public School Visual Arts program, the Library’s display case will feature rotating artworks created by elementary and middle school students under the guidance of their art teachers, for the months of February, March and April.

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Line is one of the most basic building blocks of art, but it can also be the most exciting! Line can convey emotion, movement, or even bring your eye around the composition. From a complex cityscape to an abstract design, line can create ANYTHING! 

Students at Harrison, Hillside, and Riker Hill Elementary Schools from Livingston explored the concept of line to create the various colorful artworks that are on display in the Library’s exhibit case for the month of February. 

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At Harrison Elementary School, second grade students showcased their understanding of various types of lines by creating “Line Castles.” Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, students incorporated dashes of color and swirling lines into the background sky of their work. Lastly, students added a light watercolor wash to their work. Through this process, they learned the balance of using more water and less paint to achieve a subtle watercolor finish. 

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First graders at Hillside Elementary School drew inspiration from artist Vassily Kandinsky’s Composition 8. Kandinsky often looked to the relationship of art and music to guide his expressive paintings. Students listened to music to help direct their drawings and explored how different types of line can represent different instruments or even the tempo of the song. Students used a resist painting technique with black and white oil pastels, and tempera cakes.

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Riker Hill fourth graders learned the difference between bilateral symmetry and radial symmetry. They studied radial symmetry created by Tibetan monks, architecture and nature. They began this lesson as a team, arranging an assortment of objects to create a design that showed radial symmetry around a central point. Using this concept, students brainstormed ideas for their radial symmetry prints and then used lines to draw one quarter of their design on styrofoam. Students learn about the printmaking process and then stamped their design 4 times around a central point to create a radial print.

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