Art: Mr. Fekete

Biography

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Hello and welcome!

My name is Chris Fekete. I graduated in 2015 from Capital University in Columbus Ohio with a major in Art Education and I have been teaching here at A.C. Corcoran Elementary since.  I am glad to be starting my 4th year here and cannot wait to see the ideas for projects I have in my head come to life through the students here in the art room.


What's going on in art??

Everyone has been wrapping up their shape projects, winter projects and they should be home with you! We are moving onto some African American artists for black history month coming up!


Kindergarten is currently focusing on the artist, Clementine Hunter. Hunter was a self-taught artist who captured scenes of American farm life. Like many great folk artists, Hunter used what was available to her and was inspired by the color and joy in everyday life. Through the story, children learn that in 1955, Hunter was not able to view her work alongside art patrons because of segregation laws.


First grade has been listening to the story Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan. It is a colorful book with a great message for children about appreciation for beauty and one’s heritage. Even though all the other colorful birds wanted to be black like Blackbird, he reminded them that “color on the outside is not what’s on the inside.”


Second grade is focusing on Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach quilt, which shows a family gathered together on the top of a building at night. She has used art to start organizations that help African American women artists. They will be creating a collage depicting New York and themselves floating above it all like Faith Ringgold's work.


Third grade will be starting a William H Johnson painting. William H. Johnson was born in South Carolina in 1901. He moved to New York and went to the National Academy of Design. When he was visiting France to paint, he met a Danish artist. The couple moved to Scandinavia where Johnson painted scenes in his new community. By the time he was in his late thirties, he longed to paint his own people. Johnson’s simple lines and flat colors used in his art allow children to re-create his pieces without much difficulty.


Fourth grade is currently concentrating on the element of art VALUE which is the lightness or darkness of a color. We will be using value in an upcoming project.


Fifth grade has begun practicing human proportions to create a more realistic drawing of a person in the future.


Thanks for reading about the work we are doing here in the art room.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Chris Fekete

 

Contact Information

Email: christopher_fekete@charleston.k12.sc.us

​Extension: 764-2218 Ext. 25837 

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:00pm