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!
Mrs. Ellis’ grade 2 students have been working very hard on their version of Georgia O’Keefe’s Red Poppy. We studied organic shapes as well as the life and motivation of Georgia O’Keefe. Students drew in pencil on watercolor paper, paying close attention to the size of the flower. They worked to replicate and learn from Georgia’s style of enlarging these delicate flowers to enhance the beauty. We then explored using a wet on wet water color technique to achieve a natural appearance in each petal. Finally students went back with watercolor to add details in the petals to create depth. BEAUTIFUL!!
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!
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.
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!