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
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.
Monday, February 26, 2018
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. 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
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.