Holy Nativity School

Student Art Gallery

Skye

Isabella

Taihere

Portraits as subject matter: We started the school year looking at a historical treatment of portrait images, where we spoke of not only how the subjects looked as individuals, but also of what the artist or sitter was hoping to communicate. Talking about modern portraiture led us to a discussion about the modern-day selfie phenomenon and digital photography.  All the portrait photos shown on this page were taken by the students themselves in class with a digital camera. 


Then we began doing drawings from life of the students by their fellow students.   Drawing paper had been cut into 9" squares in advance. Taking on the mindset that they would like to express something extra in each drawing, the 6th graders really enjoyed representing their classmates visually.  After completing their drawings we began playing with putting  them together to see how they would look as a whole. 

Matthew and Trevor

Skye

Isabella: chosen for publication in "Celebrating Art, " Fall 2015.

Justin

Skye

Emma

Noah

Taihere

Emma

Ethan

Justin

Blake

Isabella: chosen for publication in the Spring 2016, edition of  "Celebrating Art."

Ethan

Trevor

Emma

Matthew

Matthew

Nature As Material Source, Inspiration and Setting: Inspired by the fantastic outdoor artwork of Nature Artist Andy Goldsworthy, 6th graders made their created their own outdoor sculpture at Kawaiku'i Beach Park.


Emma

Students had begun their nature exercise by searching for and finding stones which "spoke" to them.  After doing a short meditation while holding the stones, sensing the stone's temperature, texture, and form of the stones, 6th graders created drawings.


Next we talked about incorporating twigs, leaves, flowers, shells and other objects. The 6th graders needed to be able to work spontaneously on their beach location.

When they arrived, they surveyed the grounds and then got right into their art building. Later the 5th graders came to observe, photograph and interview the 6th graders about their art making.

Justin and Ethan created a sculpture which did not damage or change the large old tree. They worked with stones and plants to enhance the existing crevices of the tree, giving it a festive appearance.The little boy in the photo enthusiastically joined to help out while he was on an outing with his grandparents.

The Chinese Dragon as a Mythological Cultural Symbol:  An important cultural symbol in China for more than 6000 years, the dragon is represented with the "nine resemblances" which are a combination of animal characteristics. Students used watercolor painting and sharpies to create their fantasy dragon images.

Blake:  chosen for publication in the Spring 2016, edition of  "Celebrating Art."

Matthew

Taihere

Noah

Blake


Emma incorporated her own shadow into the piece.

"Inspired in Hawaii:" Students designed posters to promote good values in honor of Clarence T.C. Ching's philanthropic mission. 

Taihere: chosen for publication in the Spring 2016, edition of  "Celebrating Art."

Noah

Trevor

Noah

Isabella

Acrylic Paintings: The class went into nature to take photos in preparation for working with acrylic paints on canvas for the first time. They were very creative with their photos and sometimes added something from their imaginations as they progressed.

Noah

Blake

Justin