Their finds included leaves, branch tips from cedar, redwood and pine trees, small flowers, and grasses. They then attached these materials to sticks and experimented with their brushes and ink to see how each one made a different mark.
“In art class students are learning about how artists are very resourceful, and great experimenters,” said teacher Angela Willetts. “Previously, we watched a wonderful video, ‘The Brush Maker,” about Australian artist Lorna Crane. She is an abstract painter who makes her own brushes using diverse natural and man-made materials. Students also learned about artists who make paint from all kinds of materials, including mud and pollen.”
This week students started creating abstract paintings using their new brushes; the project is ongoing, and this is just the first stage of the exploration. They will have the opportunity to make their own paint.
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Nestled among the redwoods on 375 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.