McGlynn students in grades K-2 have spent the past few weeks exploring color theory! Primaries, secondaries and all of the wonderful colors in between! Students learned proper use to class materials, as well as how to safely set-up and break down their work space. Each class did something special with their painted paper recipes! Just WAIT until you see the results!
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!
Apple picking time is here! What better way to incorporate the colors and sights of the season than through painting!
Mrs. Bello’s first grade students have been hard at work over the past few weeks. Students were given a look into the life of French painter, Paul Cezanne. We were lucky enough to have a wonderful online resource at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which made our learning experience richer through the use of technology. Students studied various types of apples, from Red Delicious to Granny Smith. We looked at color size and shape, as well as how we could create our own still-life of this gorgeous fruit. Students painted their apples, added pastel detail, prepared backgrounds, cut and arranged apples and still had time to complement their classmates on a job well done! I am so proud of their hard work.
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.
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!
Students in Miss Renaud’s class did an amazing job paying homage to American pop artist, Jasper Johns. Jasper Johns famously took numbers and letters and produced truly unique representations on these everyday elements. Students were asked to use bold line and color to their number grid. I am truly impressed with the attention to detail paid by these young artists!
I am always so impressed with my students when I look back at all they were able to accomplish in the art room over the course of a school year. The progression from Septmeber to June is simply amazing. I hope that everyone has a safe and happy vacation. I look foward to seeing everyone when I return next school year.
Grade five work will be highlighted in a future post after their gallery showing on June 27th.
Student art work will be on display at the McGlynn Elementary on the following dates.
Grades K-3: Tuesday, June 11 through Sounds of Summer, June 13 at noon. Work will be removed at noon on June 13 to accommodate a middle school performance.
Grade 4: Tuesday, June 11 through Museum Night, June 13. Students will be taking home their work from the school year upon the Museum’s closing.
Grade 5: June 24 through Moving on Ceremony, June 27. Students will be taking their work home immediately following the ceremony.
We have had a successful year in the art room and our students deserve much praise and admiration for their hard work. We hope to see you there!