Monday, March 26, 2018


March happened to be one of my favorite months this year, surprisingly. As I was saving images from student work, both in production and completed, I realized that the students have been producing some phenomenal things. The lesson shave challenged them, and I am proud of what is being accomplished in the art room. Here are a few things that have been going on. I really hope to show you some art that shows breadth and variety at this year's art show, coming up on May 9th! All students will have work in that exhibit. Also, I'll be announcing the students that will be included in this year's Annual REgional Show at Fashion Square Mall, taking place April 23 - 29, 2018. For now, here are some samples of what the students have been creating. Kindergarten Students practiced shapes that they learned from Mrs. Wilson's class through artistic exploration. First, they drew "monsters" made from shapes, and then they had to draw their own shapes, but them out, and put them together into creations. Second and Third Grades March is Dr. Seuss month for elementary students. I love when students make their own fish after hearing the story One Fish, Two Fish! Fourth Grade Students learned about portraiture during the Renaissance. In this unit, they learned how to create a portrait in profile. They also needed to create an environment and include props and clothing that could tell the story of the person they were illustrating. Sixth Grade The challenge here was learning what one point perspective was and how to use it in art! Here, students are creating their own cities using one point perspective. Eighth Grade In keeping with the clay study we started in the previous week, students now were able to create a vessel using the coil method.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Middle School Art Progress

I'm excited to show a few of the completed Altered American Gothic pieces. Seventh and Eighth grades worked through an intense unit where they took this iconic work of American art and made it their own. They learned about the Elements of Art and Principles of Design and how to manipulate them to create a strong work of their own. They also learned about the painting by Grant Wood, in order to create a piece based off the most important characteristics of the piece.
The eighth graders also were able to start clay projects this past week. They learned how to build containers using the slab building technique. During this upcoming week, they will create intricate vessels using the coil technique.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Wrapping up February

Students have been delving into more Elements of Art and Principles of Design as the year progresses. Here is a sampling of what has been going on. Kindergarten students took a break from formal elements and played with winter-related art projects. One of our favorites over the years has been inspired by the book The Snowy Day. Students used "snow" made from glue and shaving cream to create their art. Second and Third graders learned about the art of Pablo Picasso. They created their own Cubist portraits through tints and shades of colors. They also demonstrated knowledge of warm and cool colors.
Fifth graders do a lot with drawing in this school year. I pushed their observational skills and artistic freedom when they tackled creating their own still life compositions. Aren't these a fantastic start? Eighth graders are wrapping up their unit called Altered American Gothic. They learned about this famous work of art through class discussions and analysis of the formal elements Grant Wood utilized to make the work a strong composition. They then had to take what they learned about that painting and apply it to their own personal works. In my next post, I'll be sharing completed units with you. I'll also be updating the art in the hallway near the preschool rooms, and we'll soon have a display in the church narthex to celebrate the Lenten season!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

2018 Begins

Our students have been hard at work already in 2018. Enjoy the images! Kindergarten Rainbow Lizards: To begin, I read them "A Color of His Own", by Leo Lionni. We then learned the correct order of the rainbow. Students drew, painted, and collaged their own versions of the chameleon in the story. Here is what they are working on so far.
South African Clay Pots: AFter looking at images of pottery from South Africa, students learned about making pottery. We practiced making pinch pots with playdough first, so that our clay did not dry out. Once students had the technique down, we moved on to creating our pots from clay. After firing, we will paint our pottery.
Arctic White: With this lesson, we heard a story about a little girl that lives in a wintery land. Everything is white or a version of white. Once night, her grandfather takes her, along with many others in her village, to a special place. There, they are able to see the Northern Lights. Inspired by what she saw, the little girl paints her memories of the vivid colors. Using the story as our inspiration, the students created vibrant watercolor resist paintings.
First Grade Charley Harper Cardinals: First graders learned about the artist Charley Harper. We created stylized collage pieces in his honor.
Second and Third Grades Warm and Cool Skies: Students worked on patterns through this unit. Each design highlighted warm and cool colors on the page.
Fourth Grade Tints and Shades Abstractions: In this color unit, students learned how adding white to a color creates a tint, by adding greys, one creates tones, and by adding black creates a shade.
Fifth Grade African Masks: I am so proud of the work the students for this unit. They learned about numerous masking traditions, as well as various characteristics of African masks. In this project, they created their own characters that displayed the variety of characteristics they learned about, such as symmetry, geometric versus organic shapes, neutral versus vibrant colors, and so forth.
Art Supply Still Life: Currently, students are working on still life drawings. I challenged the students to have more creative freedom in this unit by having them select their own items and set up their very own still lifes. We discussed what creates a strong composition, and then students had to put those ideas to use through numerous thumbnail sketches. For those that aren't familiar with thumbnails, these are quick, small sketches that artists use to help plan what their final piece of art will look like.
Sixth Grade Picasso Portraits: Previously, I had shown images of students' thumbnail sketches. Here is a reminder, plus some pieces on their way to completion.
Seventh and Eighth Grades Altered American Gothic: Last posting, I had shared some of the unit with you. As students got closer to developing their ideas for they will individually alter the famous painting "AMerican Gothic", by Grant Wood, they spent a day learning how to draw a correct portrait and how to proportion the human body correctly. Also, here is a completed sketch, ready to be turned into the final piece!