Thursday, March 5, 2015

3rd Grade Heather Galler Folk Art Snowmen

















2nd Grade Native American Totem Poles

2nd Grade artists added to their knowledge of Native American Art and Culture when they looked at why certain tribes made Totem Poles, how they created them, and what significance they had. We discussed a totem pole slide show, sketched some totem pole ideas, read fiction book about totem poles (Called "Totem Tale"), and created our own 3D Form totem poles.

Download Native American Overview Slide Show Here

Download Native American Totem Pole Slide Show Here

Learning Goals:
Students will be able to discuss why Native Americans used Totem Poles
Students will sketch multiple ideas for a totem pole of their own
Students will create their own totem pole











5th Grade Native American Dream Catchers

5th grade artists are learning about Native American life and culture in their classrooms. We added to this by learning about their art as well. Below are two links to slide shows that we used.

Download Native American Overview Slide Show Here

Download Native American Dream Catchers Slide Show Here

We learned about why Native Americans use Dream Catchers - to catch the good dreams and let the bad dreams evaporate with the morning dew. We created our own dreamcatchers out of paper plates, yarn, beads and feathers.

Learning Goals:
Students will be able to discuss why Native Americans used Dream Catchers
Students will use Native American pictographs and traditional designs to decorate the rim of their dream catcher
Students will create their own dream catcher and weave string for the inside of the design


4th Grade Native American Clay Hide Stories with Pictographs

4th Grade artists had a blast learning about Native American Art and culture. Below is a link to the slide show we used to learn about Native American art in general. We learned about how they used pictographs to write down their stories and how they didn't have paper and paint like we do. Sometimes, they used buffalo hides to draw on (and for many other purposes!). We created our own stretched hides out of model magic clay, painted them with watercolor paint, drew with permanent marker, and colored with markers or crayons using warm and neutral colors.  We made a hanger out of twine, beads and found sticks.

Download Native American Overview Slide Show Here

Learning Goals:
Students will be able to discuss why Native Americans used buffalo hides and pictographs
Students will use pictographs to tell their own story
Students will create their story on a clay "hide"





Sunday, March 1, 2015

5th Grade Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Words


Learning Goals:
Students will learn about the life and art of Roy Lichtenstein
Students will learn about Pop Art
Students will create an artwork that uses a word that expresses its meaning like a visual onomatopoeia = (it will show its meaning visually)
Students will show their knowledge of color schemes










Thursday, February 26, 2015

1st grade Princess and the Pea

First grade artists thought about the differences between an author and an illustrator of a book. We talked about art careers and what we could be if we wanted to grow up and be an artist. We then looked at two renditions of the book "The Princess and the Pea." One was more like the original tale and the other was more of a modern spoof on the story. The illustrators chose to do their artwork very differently. 

We noticed the different textures  of the donated fabrics that we had and glued the strips down to pile up the many mattresses for our princes and princesses. We also worked hard to blend watercolor cold paint colors in the background.