Monday, November 17, 2014

3rd Grade Jackson Pollock artworks

3rd Graders had a blast choosing a color family/scheme and then using watercolor paints to blow through a straw. They watched the colors mix and their finished product is reminiscent of Jackson Pollock's splatter painting. We learned about his life by reading a book about him, watching a youtube video, and of course, observing and talking about his works. 


1st grade Illustrators for the book "Rainbow Fish"

1st grade artists talked about the many art professions that they could be if they wanted to grow up to be an artist. We landed on the profession of illustrator and looked at the way the illustrator in the book, "Rainbow Fish" created his illustrations. We used huge paper, markers, sponges, glue and glitter to create our own Rainbow Fish.















Jamestown Elementary Awarded as a "Blue Ribbon School!"

We are so proud to be awarded as a blue ribbon school! Check out the slide show and article at:

http://photos.mlive.com/grandrapidspress/2014/11/jamestown_elementary_a_blue_ri_11.html

The reporter even snapped some photos in the art room! :)


Monday, September 29, 2014

1st grade Scarecrow Portraits

First grade artists are practicing their knowledge of portraits by looking at a fall scarecrow! We colored them using fall colors and then added straw and buttons to make it into a textured collage.





4th Grade Edgar Degas and Figure Drawing

4th grade artists are learning about the art of Edgar Degas and how he did a lot of figure drawing. We are studying how to draw proportions of the human body correctly and to scale using mannequins and even real models! Students drew their own figures and are coloring around them using their choice of patterned color schemes.






Kindergarten "Pete the Cat" & Primary Colors

Kindergarten artists read the book "Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons." We used our skills at finding shapes to help us draw Pete then learned about Primary colors when we colored him.




You can also see the book's video and song here on youtube: We had fun dancing and singing along!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEhdqbQ5N88



3rd Grade "Action Jackson"

3rd grade artists are learning about the Abstract Action Paintings of the artist Jackson Pollock! We created our own "action" paintings by blowing paint with straws (instead of throwing paint around our classroom like Jackson did). We also learned a bit about Jackson's life and work and reviewed rainbow order in our art.








On the back of our artwork, we add our "cheat sheet" or Art Critique where we can go to help us explain to our parents what we were learning about. It is also a great summative evaluation of our learning:



Here are a couple of books we read with some classes about the life and work of Action Jackson:



We also watched this youtube clip about Jackson while coloring:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVmrwtc8tXc&list=PLFtAUqSGF7UtM_w7Sn-EBCAtDux7tZS6s