03/7/16

Sail Away with Me

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!!!

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Soak up the sun!!! Grade 4

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11/25/14

Kindergarten Review

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:

Pastel Resist:

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.

 

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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!

 

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Geometric Shapes:

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!

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11/25/14

Grade 1 Fall Review

 

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:

Pumpkin Mosaics:

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!!!IMG_2497.JPG

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!

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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!

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09/30/14

The Season for Cezanne

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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.

02/6/14

Be My Valentine, Jim Dine!

 

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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

 

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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.

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01/7/14

Jasper Johns Numbers

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!

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01/7/14

Bonjour, Mme Matisse!

Once again, second grade took on French fauvist, Henri Matisse. Each year second graders seem to become more thorough in their representation of the portrait of Madame Matisse. This year I was particularly impressed by the rich colors I saw in the student work. It was as though Matisse himself was guiding the students as to which color to choose next! Excellent job, grade 2!

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01/6/14

Cold Weather Creatures

Third graders did an outstanding job working on oil pastel representations of male cardinals in a snowy winter scene! Many people are unaware that only the male cardinal is red, and that these gorgeous birds can be found all over the continental US! I am so lucky to be surrounded by such a talented group and such gorgeous work!

In this lesson, students used construction paper and Sargent Oil Pastels.

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12/19/13

5th graders at the Roberts have had a terrific fall!

The 5th graders at the Roberts have worked incredibly hard this fall to create three projects: Layered Leaves, Owls, and Monochromatic Cities. Our focus has been on drawing, lines, shapes, patterns, mixing colors to create new colors, and learning to use variations of the same color. We have used a variety of materials ranging from markers and oil pastels, to watercolor paints, crayons, and black pens. Check it out!