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!
Two of our amazing students really got to work over April vacation! Atkea (K) and Tanha (3) were inspired by Earth Day and set off to work finding materials that they could repurpose for art. Upon close examination you will notice paper towels and cardboard boxes adding dimension to this colorful piece. I am so proud of these girls and their ability to work with found materials to create something so magnificent. I enjoy seeing how hard they work on their own time using their own creativity!! Take a bow, ladies!
Kindergarten students have been working on the art of printmaking! What fun we have had in the art room! Printmaking can be done in various ways using a myriad of media. For this lesson, students used tempera paint, paint brushes, white paper and colored cardstock. Printmaking involves making art through printing, giving the art a truly unique look with the most subtle characteristics.
We practiced making various types of marks with our brushes before and during the printing process. We discovered that time was of the essence in ensuring our paint didn’t dry before printing!
These gorgeous works of art are just a small selection from Miss Cormio’s Wednesday class.
Kindergarten in the fall is a place like no other. Many students are seeing an art room for the first time and experience the tools we use with immeasurable excitement. We have been busy exposing our students to as many materials as possible, and letting them explore. Students at this age can surprise you with their ability to think outside of the box and create something truly genuine to their own experience. Here is what we have been up to so far:
My favorite days are those when a student is genuinely excited about what is happening before their eyes! Pastel resist helps to create that moment in the art room. Students are amazed that water based paint runs away from the thick heavy lines created by their oil pastel. Getting to explore both paint and pastel in this way is a magical combination. Discuss with your artist the steps they took in order to create their work of art.
Working with Scissors… and other tools of the trade:
Students in K are developing both gross and fine motor skills. In art, we focus heavily on helping students with proper hold and use of the scissors. This is tough work for little hands. Students were given square pieces of paper and directed to somehow turn it into a round shape, like an apple. Students were using their helper hand to turn the paper while cutting off the corners of paper, all the while controlling a slow cutting motion with the scissors. WOW! This is exhausting for our K friends. After the apples were cut, students cut a pre-drawn bowl, and asked to arrange a plan which would place the apples in the bowl. Students glued their plan down firmly and used their favorite, pastel, to enhance their work. These look both yummy and beautiful!
Everything is made of shapes, simple as that. In K, we have been exploring types of geometrics shapes and how they work together to make other things. Our main focus has been on squares, rectangles, triangles and trapezoids (although the ‘parallelogram’ has made an appearance as well). Students have been given the opportunity to ‘play’ with the shapes to see what discoveries might be made. I am excited about the progress made within only 2 classes!
If you want to try this at home, pattern blocks are a great resource!
Amazing stuff has been going on in Kindergarten at the Roberts. We have learned the colors of the rainbow, how to designing turkeys, learned the Primary Colors, made snow people, and Owl Moon night time landscapes! We have spent time drawing, coloring, painting, cutting, and pasting all kinds of materials. We are having a blast and it is only January…stay tuned for more projects throughout the year!
Primary colors are everywhere! We need them to make other colors! Kindergarten has been working very hard to explore the possible outcomes when mixing primaries.
Miss Cormio’s Kinderartists have been mixing away over the last two weeks and the results are bold and breathtaking! Each time students arrived, we would ask ourselves, “what will happen when we mix (primary) + (primary)?” Students would make a prediction, and then proceed to the experimentation phase! Students discovered they could create a multitude of greens, a variety of oranges and a wide selection of purples.
We also had a fun time watching the primary colors video that was recently featured on Sesame Street! What a great way to visualize color theory!
Kindergarten is beginning to explore the primary colors and their relationship to other colors. The first two primaries we discussed were blue and yellow. Students made predictions as to what might happen when the two colors mixed together. Students tested their theories and began mixing. They used a palette knife, a brush and paper to explore mixing various types of GREEN paint!
Next up we will explore red and yellow!
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.