Our five Week long Tempera Painting Project with the 3rd graders at the Studio was a richly rewarding experience/activity. The teachers also participated enthusiastically in this exploratory project.
Initially, we looked at the beautiful Victorian type houses through pictures from our Rugby Road Neighborhood. We learnt vocabulary words like, Victorian, neighborhood and architecture, in the beginning and a lot more once the project unfolded. We also looked at the beautiful painting done by the American painter Edward Hopper’s famous painting ‘House by the Railroad’ (1925). Through this painting we learnt background, middle ground and foreground.
On the first day we drew the Neighborhood houses of our choice by selecting one from 30 different house pictures. We used a pencil to do this exercise.
In the second week, like professional artists, with brown tempera paint we traced the outline using a round brush. We also understood through Hopper’s painting, how artists painted a ‘Foundation color’ before starting their painting. We painted an ‘yellow tint’ as a foundation color, like Hopper, by mixing yellow and white.
In the third week, we learnt three different kinds of blues: turquoise, cerulean and cobalt. By mixing white paint with these blues individually we painted our beautiful background/sky. We also added yellow with these blues and created different kinds of greens to paint our foreground, trees, plants, bushes and lawns.
The fourth week focused on understanding the middle ground, the building. We mixed red, yellow and white to make peach color to paint our buildings. Once peach was done we added blue to it and got ‘payne’s grey’ to overlap the peach color.
The fifth week was devoted to highlighting and going back to the outline. This time we added white to our greens, blues and peach color to paint the highlight. We also used dark brown (mixture of black and red) to outline once again so that our painting is complete.
In all the five weeks we learnt a lot of vocabulary words, we had plenty of demo to look at and lot of reflection sessions to discuss the work we did.
Since we did still life paintings at the beginning of the semester using watercolor the students had an easy transition to tempera painting methods.
Erick from Ms. Salzman’s Class is painting the middle ground.
Wyona from Ms. Lynch’s class Dana from Ms. Becker’s class
Aayushma from Ms. Becker’s class
Naba’s house (this one is diagonal from PS 139)
Aayushma’s house. Dana’s house
December 4-6th representatives of PS 139’s Chess Ninjas travelled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Grade Nationals tournament. Eight Chess Ninjas competed in multiple rounds of chess throughout the weekend and returned to Brooklyn with impressive victories. The Third Grade team placed 8th in the nation! Grade 3 players were: Emma Adams, Ayushma Rai, Maya Emert-Wiggins, and Ellis Wong (who also brought home a trophy as the 20th place third grader in the country!). The Fifth Grade team placed 10th in the nation! Grade 5 players were: Robbie Galpern Levin, Aowyn Schneider, Sonam Sherpa, and Tashi Sherpa.
PS 139 is proud of its chess club. The Ninjas owe their success to their hard work and love for the game, to their coach, Ian West, who respects and cultivates their intelligence and abilities, and to their families who commit their energies to supporting the team and PS 139 overall.
Preparing between rounds with Coach West
Third grade team–8th place Fifth grade team–1oth place
Chess Ninjas at Grade Nationals With Coach West
Proud and happy Ninjas!
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