Artist of the Month – Aboriginal Art of Australia

Untitled, by Mick NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI, Pintupi people, Australia 1926 – 1998, from the R G Kimber collection of 15 early Papunya paintings, made in Papunya, Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
Dimensions: 71.0 h x 55.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.1929.13
Image rights: © the estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Students in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade will learn more about this artist in a lesson taught this month by a parent volunteer through our Art Literacy program.

Australia’s traditional Indigenous art, or art of the First Nations People, is now recognized as the oldest continuing artistic movement in the world.  For a thousand generations, Australian First Nations People recorded their mythology in rock, sand and body paintings. In 1970, these images began to make their way onto canvas, attracting the notice of the rest of the world.  Robert Hughes of Time magazine called these paintings “the last great art movement of the 20th century.”

For traditionally oriented Indigenous Australians, art is part of their broader system of religious beliefs, known in English as The Dreaming . This system of beliefs is grounded in the earth itself.  As a consequence traditional art relates back to the land, and is culturally and spiritually rich.

Congratulations! Two Stella Maris Academy Advanced Art Students Chosen for San Diego Museum of Art 2017 Young Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Arissa Diaz-Lelevier, grade 8 and Noah Bradshaw, grade 6!
Their multi-media still lifes were chosen to be part of Young Art 2017,
and will be exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art this Spring.

20170128_152824  Noah's still life

Young Art 2017

Beyond the Ordinary
April 15, 2017 through May 28, 2017

Among the many art education initiatives at The San Diego Museum of Art, no program has as long a history as Young Art, the Museum’s biennial youth art exhibition. Young Art recognizes the talents of San Diego County K-12 students and in its 44th presentation, Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary, invites students to create their own unique interpretation of the classic still life.

This year’s theme is inspired by the remarkable collection of still life works from the Museum’s permanent collection, including works by Henri Matisse, and Juan Sánchez Cotán, and Georges Braque

Stella Maris Academy Harmony Quilt

20161031_144433These harmonious colors and designs
reflect the unity and diversity of our
SMA community.
This was a school-wide collaborative project completed in Art Literacy
as part of our Quilts and Color study.