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!
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!
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!!!
Soak up the sun!!! Grade 4
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.
After recycling thousands of colorful pouch caps, an idea HIT me! I reached out to my friends and family, all of whom have young children, and asked for them to save their pouch caps. I wasn’t sure what would happen with them, but I knew I would come up with something. When we began discussing symmetry in grade 5, I realized that working hands on would be a much more effective way of using linear symmetry than the traditional method of finding the other half of a picture. THE CAPS!! Working in groups, students used the pouch caps along with a line of symmetry to create linear symmetric designs. The activity promoted cooperation as well as an understanding of the concept. This was the perfect starting point for a unit which then led in to rotational symmetry and finally our culminating activity of mask making. **Kindergarten and grade one used the caps for pattern making! Such a fun and FREE manipulative!!! Please keep your caps and send them in with your student!!!
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!
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!
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.
Students at McGlynn Elementary are experimenting with various forms of printmaking in the classroom. It is messy, time consuming, and loads of fun! Here is a small sampling of collaborative work from Mrs. Notaro’s class. Students worked together to create their first monoprint! I look forward to seeing more work as we take off on this printmaking journey!
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.