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!
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!
Owls in Moonlight, Pattern Leaves, and The Color Wheel…oh my! Its been a very busy fall for 3rd graders at the Roberts as we learned about night time colors and watercolor resists, and then lines to make shapes, patterns and designs and finally we finished off with the most difficult of all, creating our own color wheels using just the primary colors alone! All our hard work has really paid off…see for yourself!
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!
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!