Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Autumn Treasures

Second Grade Presents...
Discovering free-form shapes in nature

Observing real trees, then painting their "skeletons" 
Instrumental music playing.... totally involved.... 

Adding Fall color

AND.... after the children leave, a present on my desk.....

Still Life a la Picasso

Eighth graders may have been looking at the same still life... but were inspired by Pablo Picasso to create wonderfully diverse artworks!


Rose Period


Rose Period

Blue Period
Surreal Collage

Blue Period


Monday, October 22, 2012

Exploring Shape and Texture

Kindergartners have been learning that artists use shapes to make art. 
We looked at the artwork of Louise Nevelson, and learned how she used scrap wood and recycled objects to create sculptures.  

Children selected recycled objects and shapes to create a collage. They looked for shapes with different textures. We also had a lesson in using Elmer's glue :)

Then I sprayed a little paint for pizzazz....
and to help us focus more on the shapes and textures.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Marvelous Multicultural Milk Jug Masks

Recycled materials make for exciting art possibilities!  

Fifth graders used plastic milk jugs to create masks inspired by those of other cultures.

First we collaged tissue paper onto the surface. We learned about analogous colors- colors next to each other on the color wheel.
Then we looked at masks made by other cultures in North America, South America, Africa, and the Asian Pacific Islands. 
Students observed interesting shapes and details then drew these in their journals. 
Inspired with ideas, we reviewed paper sculpture techniques, found the "treasure box " of recycled materials and began creating.

Here are just some of the wonderful sculptures! 

Our principal visited in time to try on Katie's mask! 

Through this lesson, we learned that people make masks for reasons such as disguise, protection, religion, drama and celebration.  As a wrap up art journal activity, students imagined why someone might wear their mask.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Black And White Alright!

Fourth Grade is learning about visual balance. Here's our first lesson. This shows Symmetrical Balance.

We looked at masks from around the world to get inspiration.

Fourth Grade artists rock! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Going in Circles

Here's a few of our finished "dots" inspired by the book "The Dot" and by the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky. 

A first grader suggested displaying these as one big artwork full of circles.  Our class decided that no two circles looked the same!