Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kindergarten Art Dogs

Kindergarten Artists read the book, "Art Dog," a story about our class puppet! Art Dog was a master painter who painted the sky like Vincent VanGogh. Our artists drew and painted Art Dog and gave his sky some swirls like VanGogh.

1st grade Middle Eastern Architecture

1st Graders are studying the architecture of the Middle East. They practiced their blending techniques with the watercolor sky and worked hard to put some patterns into their architecture. 

2nd Grade Clay Spider Candles

2nd graders just finished their clay spiders. We were studying the art element of form and we made these fun spiders using clay, google eyes, pipe cleaners and candles! They were such a hit!

Monday, October 24, 2011

4th graders in "The Scream!"

4th graders studied the work of Edvard Munch. They looked at how his brushstrokes, use of color and angles create a memorable mood in his work. Our students posed for their own "scream" and created a background inspired by Munch.

5th graders study Georgia O'Keefe!

5th graders studied the life and work of Georgia O'Keefe. They learned that she became famous for her ability to zoom up close on her work. She liked drawing skulls, flowers and nature. Our 5th grade artists created an artwork inspired by her designs and practiced shading and blending colors as well!

3rd grade Haunted Houses

3rd graders got into the Halloween spirit while studying architecture. After looking at different architectural styles and elements, they each created their own individual haunted houses complete with fun spooky details! They also practiced shading their moons with yellow and orange.

3rd grade Scarecrows

3rd graders talked about the art element of form and the difference between 2D and 3D art. They created these fun collage scarecrows with model magic, raffia, buttons and other materials. Most chose to use fall colors. 

5th grade Middle Eastern Tiles

5th grade artists learned about the tiles that were often used in Middle Eastern architecture. They learned that most of them are geometric or floral in design and are also symmetrical. They created their own tiles by rolling out a clay slab and then carving into them, and adding clay designs using the slip, score, seal method. 

1st grade Egyptian Pyramids

First graders studied the architecture of the pyramids! They learned about who was buried there and some of the art that was found by archeologists. They practiced blending paint in their sunsets and created a patterned frame with stamps and line designs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

People in Motion!

Fourth grade artists have been studying the work of the French artist, Edgar Degas.  We discovered that Degas liked to paint people in motion, especially ballerinas.  The fourth graders learned how to create figure drawings to show people moving in various ways.  Next, they used patterns of color to surround their people to create an illusion of movement.  Here are some of their masterpieces:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2nd Grade Rainbow Parrots

2nd graders are practicing their knowledge of rainbow order on their parrots after reading the books, "Tiki Tiki Tango" and "Terrific." They used oil pastels to blend some of the colors on their parrots then watercolor paint to show different values of greens in the leaves and vines! They truly are exquisite! 

1st Grade Scarecrow Portrait Collages

1st graders are working hard on their portraits of scarecrows! They used fall colors and then added raffia, burlap, buttons, and other collage materials! 

Warm and Cool colored suckers!

2nd Graders practiced with their knowledge of warm and cool colors to study how to make something really pop out! The sucker is made with opposite colors from the background so that it would be emphasized! They even put their own photos in their work as a collage!

1st graders learn about primary colors!

First graders read the book "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh. They created their own cartoon mice on a wall and showed their understanding of primary and secondary colors by coloring the mice primary colors and the wall secondary colors!