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!
Grade 4 recently focused on the gorgeous views around us. Students discussed background, middle ground and foreground, as well as defining cityscape and landscape. Students worked in an step-by-step manner to create these amazing works of art. We focused on repetition of color, texture and shapes (both geometric and organic). I am in awe of the results!!!
Soak up the sun!!! Grade 4
Take a look at some of our artwork from this fall!
Grids can help us simplify what is complicated. In grade four, we use grids to help us focus on the lines in complicated subject matter to recreate a picture. Students broke down their papers into four blocks to mimic the example that was projected in the classroom. In some classes we experimented with 8 blocks and the results were even more detailed. We discovered that the more blocks we created, the more our eyes could focus on lines. The examples below are the wonderful 4-block grid results from Mrs. Laskey’s class. Bravo!
This lesson helps to build a foundation for art with Mrs. Fee at MMS. Take a look at how middle school works with grids in the art room.
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!
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!