We are all very familiar with the “placemat” weaving from grade 1. It is a skill that we build upon each year. The abilities to plan ahead, keep with a pattern and work with delicate materials all contribute to our understanding of pattern in the world around us. Why not make it more colorful? More unique? Students in grade 4 used various painting techniques to create vibrant and textured papers to use for their weaving project. We cut this papers into various widths for an added element of surprise. Students even traded amongst one another to incorporate various lines and patterns into their design. During this project I saw children working to help one another with the flow of “over/under” which can be challenging for many of us! The teamwork was truly unbelievable. Perhaps that is a big reason why these children feel so proud of their work. Together we can accomplish so much!
Second grade at McGlynn Elementary had a lesson in imagination! This project revisited a concept learned in K, paper sculpture. How do we make paper stand up? It is important to revisit previously learned skills to see how much we have grown over the years!! For this lesson students were asked to cut, fold, twist, bend, loop, tab, fringe and curl paper to create 3 dimensional art. After two days of building, students were asked to create an observational drawing from their piece. We had so much fun making these sculptures that we may revisit the idea again in June! Bravo!!
Take a look at some of our artwork from this fall!
Students in grade 1 have been busy for weeks! For 3 months the art room has been busier than Grand Central Station! This season I was lucky enough to see Mrs. Bello’s class twice a week. These students have had the opportunity to take on some projects that require more time and attention to small detail. Here is what we’ve been doing:
Students learned about traditional mosaics, their function and the materials most often used. To adapt to a classroom setting, we focused on using paper tiles on black construction paper. Working to bring each space to life without overlapping was a challenge! Students needed to plan and think critically about the position of each tile. These masterpieces took over 3 classes!!!
Abstract Name Art & Geometric Shapes:
After looking at the art of Wassily Kandinsky, students works tirelessly on creating an abstract design based on the letters of their name. Like Kandinsky, we focused on our lines and movement. Students were challenged to think beyond the constraints of the lines and allow their color and design to flow freely. I was so impressed by the results and the focus of the students, I decided this would be something we bring back every year!
Before we dove into the world of Kandinsky, we spent some time exploring the lines and the tools we need to create them. Students worked with rulers to draw a variety of geometric shapes and lines. It was like seeing 25 architects hard at work on their designs!
Pastel Resist and Primary Colors:
Students in grade one explored the use of oil pastel and tempera cakes to create a ‘resist’ painting. It was fun to explore how the water-based paint ran away from the heavy oil pastel they had previously applied to their paper. Their designs were abstract, and students were encouraged not to strive for perfection, but to enjoy the experience and take note of what was happening on their paper.
Most recently, students began discussing primary colors. Why are they important? How do we use them? After reading Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, students created their own primary colored mice, and even used a palette knife to create secondary colors in between the primaries. This modified color wheel has started a conversation about how colors relate and how we can make almost anything with Red, Yellow and Blue!
Students at McGlynn Elementary are experimenting with various forms of printmaking in the classroom. It is messy, time consuming, and loads of fun! Here is a small sampling of collaborative work from Mrs. Notaro’s class. Students worked together to create their first monoprint! I look forward to seeing more work as we take off on this printmaking journey!
Wow! Students in grade one were introduced to American abstract expressionist, Jim Dine. After looking at a selection of Dine’s works, students used oil pastel to create their own creations. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, students work diligently to create hearts that skip a beat! Absolutely gorgeous!
Photographed work from Mrs. Bello’s class
Kindergarteners from Miss Cormio’s class also had an opportunity to explore Jim Dine! Miss Cormio’s class used palette knives to paint their Jim Dine hearts to achieve a textured look. Mrs. Guarino popped into the room and was amazed at the results! We discovered that using a paintbrush isn’t the only option for creating beautiful work. A small selection of Cormio’s hearts are pictured below.
Students in grade 2 have been studying the art and life of French artist, Henri Matisse. After completing portraits of Mme. Matisse in oil pastel, we jumped to a new medium, cut-paper. Cut- paper collage was something Matisse did during the latter part of his life when he became too weak from illness to stand at his canvas any longer. With the help of friends, Matisse was able to cut and arrange marvelous organic and geometric cut- paper shapes to create original works unlike any that had previously been seen. Students in grade 2 worked around an “ocean” theme to create Matisse inspired collage. Look closely at the shapes and colors use to see what you can discover in the underwater world of grade 2!
Photographed works from Miss Flynn’s class
It was an exciting fall for first graders at the Roberts. We kicked off the year with sailboats near and far where we worked hard on a crayon/watercolor resist. Then we created dancing stick figures as we played with lines – straight, curved, wiggly, contour, etc. We then switched gears to learn about our 3 Primary Colors and how to mix them together to make our Secondary Colors – Orange pumpkins on Green grass with Purple shadows!
Owls in Moonlight, Pattern Leaves, and The Color Wheel…oh my! Its been a very busy fall for 3rd graders at the Roberts as we learned about night time colors and watercolor resists, and then lines to make shapes, patterns and designs and finally we finished off with the most difficult of all, creating our own color wheels using just the primary colors alone! All our hard work has really paid off…see for yourself!
As we move into winter at the Roberts, the 4th grade projects are complete and ready to be shown off! We have learned a great deal about line and how to use it to make shapes and patters or how to make a round shape look 3D. And we also learned to use “night time colors” and also complimentary colors. We have had a blast and it shows in our art…take a look!