Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fifth grade op art

5th grade artists learned about Op Art. They learned about how sometimes it is meant to be an optical illusion and sometimes it is just meant to confuse or jangle the eyes using pattern and lines! We also talked about how artists use materials in their environment, sometimes even junk to incorporate into their work. We used old CDs to create part of their art on. We tried to make the CD stand out from the background visually and actually by wadding up paper and glueing it under the CD to make it pop out. 


Learning Goals:
I can describe and identify Op Art.
I can use a ruler to create my own Op Art.
I can make my CD stand out visually as well as actually. 

Second grade landscapes

2nd graders looked at the way artists use foreground, middle ground, and background to create depth in their work. We used these new skills to create landscapes of our own!

Learning Goals:
I can describe what a landscape is
I can point out foreground, middle ground, and background in a landscape.
I can create a landscape.

Kindergarten shape and texture corduroy bears

Kindergarten artists are learning about how artists create texture in their work. We looked at the way that the illustrator of the book, "Courduroy" made the bear look furry. We used shapes to draw our own bears inspired by this illustrator and made them look like they had texture too! 

After creating texture bears, we created our own 3D versions of our bears with clay!

Learning Goals:
I can create texture.
I can describe the difference between an author and an illustrator.
I can use shapes to draw a bear.
I can create a 3D bear with polymer clay

Monday, October 3, 2016

Second Grade 3D and 2D Architecture

Second great artists had fun reading the book "Iggy Peck Architect" and then thinking about how an actual architect works. First they are hired for the job, then they are assigned a project, put into a team, brainstorm ideas, make blueprints, and finally build the building! We discussed ways that architects work in teams and brainstormed what type of skills are needed to work collaboratively.

After that, we broke up into teams to create various types of architecture with various types of building materials. We used mega blocks, Legos, Duplos, Tinker toys, wooden blocks, and Magformers magnets. Check out some of our fun sculptures! We created a cool school, a shopping mall, a castle, I'll city skyscraper, and a playground!

On day two of our project, we will be designing a two dimensional building using marker, crayons, and an old CD! Stay tuned for photos of this fun artwork!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Look for your "Square 1 Art" coming home soon!

Jamestown students have been busy working hard designing their artworks for square one art! They can't wait to get their FREE stickers with their own artwork on it! Soon, the stickers will be coming home with an order form and if you would like to purchase items with your child's artwork on them, the proceeds will help fund our art program. Have fun checking them out!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Curriculum Overview for 2015-2017

Welcome to the Art Room!!!

We are excited to begin another year filled with fun, creativity, a lot of art production!

About Mrs. Teitsma:  I graduated in 2001 from Calvin College and have been teaching elementary art since 2003.  I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons, digital scrapbooking, photography, fishing and gardening.  

About Mrs. Worden:  I graduated in 2001 from Hope College and this will be my 15th year teaching elementary art.  A few of my favorite things include family time with my husband and twin daughters, scrapbooking, painting, playing the piano, and biking.


We will be beginning our school year with our annual school wide collaborative project which is titled "Where's Waldo at Jamestown Elementary?" Each student will be reviewing their skills with figure drawing and self portraiture by creating their a figure drawing to be part of a school wide mural where students have to search for Waldo and his friends just like in the Waldo books!

After this, each grade level will work on our annual rotating cultural month. This year’s focus is African Art. Each grade focuses on a different aspect of the culture’s art so that all students can be exposed to a variety of styles and concepts from that culture as they observe each other’s art displayed in our hallways. 

Art history is also a large component of our curriculum. Each grade level focuses on learning about the lives and work of historical as well as some contemporary artists. This year, some potential artists that we might be studying are the following:

Kindergarten: Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Eric Carle, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Jim Dine
1st Grade: Gustav Klimt, Norman Rockwell, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali
2nd Grade: Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold, Joan Miro, Henri Rousseau, Dr. Seuss, Vincent Van Gogh, Tom Otterness, 
3rd Grade: Frida Kahlo, Leonardo DaVinci, Jackson Pollock, Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, George Rodrigue
4th Grade: Diego Rivera, Heather Galler, Wassilly Kandinsky, Edgar Degas, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt
5th Grade: Chuck Close, Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Georga O’Keeffe, Friedrich Hundertwasser

We also keep our curriculum lively by incorporating inspiration from literature and art careers for our art. Many of our projects are inspired from picture books, especially with our younger students. Also, all grades have projects that connect to art career choices such as: Graphic Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Art Education, Fashion Design, Entertainment Design, Photography, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Art Museum Director. 

Finally we try to have each grade level have experience a variety of materials and genres. Some genre choices include: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, cartoons, realism, abstraction, and figure drawing. 

Classroom Expectations:
In art we have three main expectations for all students:
  1. Listening
  2. Respect
  3. Work Quietly
We would love to answer any questions that you have. Please feel free to contact us anytime!