Thursday, March 21, 2013

Weaving a Dream

Third Grade's weaving adventure.... 
At the Michener Art Museum, students experienced Fiber Art installations  hanging from ceilings and walls.  
Back in the art studio, they strung a loom over recycled cds and learned to weave through the strings. Children spoke using weaving vocabulary such as "loom", "warp", and "weft". 
Three repeating colors were used plus one "pop color". 
Each student's weaving now hangs assembled as one collaborative piece of fiber art.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fun Under the Sea

Our Little Mermaid backdrop brought to you by the creative minds and hands of our 8th grade Scenic Design Crew! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

PlasterCraft Masks: A SJS Tradition

        Each year brings the same conversation between eager seventh grade students and their soft-hearted art teacher:

Students:  "Are we doing those masks this year?" 
Teacher: "Well, I've taught plaster mask making for a few years now (meaning forever), so I think we'll try something exciting and new this year. You'll love it!"
Students: Sudden vocal onslaught:
  • "No.... my brother and sister have them hanging; my mom's waiting for mine!"
  • "Please, please, please!"
  • "I've been waiting since kindergarten!"
  • "I already have a partner!"
And so it goes: change the theme, keep the masks. 
The age old tradition continues. 
It's neat to know who's under the mask by what art smock they're wearing. Some students have had the same one for years, and I love that! 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wacky Weaving Colors and Patterns


         First graders began these beautifully colored weavings by looking at Eric Carle's artwork and trying to guess how he achieved his various collaged papers.  Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of such books as Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Provided with an assortment of tempera paints and materials (toothbrushes, plastic combs, cut cardboard combs etc.) the kiddos went to town exploring and discovering their own paper designing processes.  
Experiment, try, see what happens if...
        Next, they learned about various uses of weaving, watched a video of a Kenyan boy about their age weaving Kente Cloth on a loom, and then set out to make their own loom.  We called it a "wacky weaving" because the loom lines are not straight, but varied, thus making interesting woven designs.

         Once the loom was completed, the children needed to make weft- something to weave with.  They cut their handmade painted papers into strips using a ruler to draw lines first. 
Ready? Let the weaving begin! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Secondary Leprechauns by Second Graders

These adorable leprechauns seem to be dancing a jig in the hallway!  Using only secondary colors (purple, orange and green), second graders learned to mix color values. It was like magic- by only adding white, three colors turned into many. After that, they brainstormed possible characteristics of leprechauns. Although no one had seen a real leprechaun, it was decided most definitely that there are both boy AND girl leprechauns. 
After painting, students glued a variety of secondary color textures to create interesting details. Sequined eyes were a big hit! Also, we found a bit of gold ribbon in the art room; what's a Leprechaun without a pot of gold, or a gold pocketbook? 


2nd Grade Gargoyle Sculpture

These second grade sculptures have been waiting for their turn in the showcase. Finally, here's a few finished gargoyle sculptures as promised here