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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04/9/15

Spring is Popp(y)n

IMG_0505 - Copy   IMG_0506 IMG_0507 - Copy  IMG_0508 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!! IMG_0509 IMG_0510 IMG_0511 IMG_0512 IMG_0513

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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03/17/14

Let There Be Light

The McGlynn School 3rd graders are finishing up their amazing lighthouses! Horizon, coast, foreground, middle ground, background, reflection, highlight, shadow, cylinder, and texture are all key elements in these works of art! I will be sending these works to the Medford Public Library for an upcoming display. Details will be posted shortly.

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02/3/14

Scissor Painting

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Students in grade 2 have been studying the art and life of French artist, Henri Matisse. After completing portraits of Mme. Matisse in oil pastel, we jumped to a new medium, cut-paper.  Cut- paper collage was something Matisse did during the latter part of his life when he became too weak from illness to stand at his canvas any longer.  With the help of friends, Matisse was able to cut and arrange marvelous organic and geometric cut- paper shapes to create original works unlike any that had previously been seen.  Students in grade 2 worked around an “ocean” theme to create Matisse inspired collage.  Look closely at the shapes and colors use to see what you can discover in the underwater world of grade 2!

Photographed works from Miss Flynn’s class

12/19/13

4th Grade Projects are in at the Roberts!

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!

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!

05/15/13

GIANT FARM ANIMALS!

First Graders at the Roberts learned about shape and form in a whole new way as they worked together to build and design giant farm animals out of cardboard. We also learned about texture and color as we painted and glued materials varying from cardboard, construction paper, yarn, and cotton balls.

The results were GIANT!

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The Cow

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The Sheep

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The Horse

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The Rooster

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The Pig

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