This is Haley! Haley is one of our amazing K students who always comes ready to create in the art room!! She recently painted this fabulous work of art for her Papa’s birthday!! Haley’s mixed media canvas features watercolor, crayons, glue and of course thoughtful planning. We are all so proud of you, Haley!
Second grade at McGlynn Elementary had a lesson in imagination! This project revisited a concept learned in K, paper sculpture. How do we make paper stand up? It is important to revisit previously learned skills to see how much we have grown over the years!! For this lesson students were asked to cut, fold, twist, bend, loop, tab, fringe and curl paper to create 3 dimensional art. After two days of building, students were asked to create an observational drawing from their piece. We had so much fun making these sculptures that we may revisit the idea again in June! Bravo!!
Two of our amazing students really got to work over April vacation! Atkea (K) and Tanha (3) were inspired by Earth Day and set off to work finding materials that they could repurpose for art. Upon close examination you will notice paper towels and cardboard boxes adding dimension to this colorful piece. I am so proud of these girls and their ability to work with found materials to create something so magnificent. I enjoy seeing how hard they work on their own time using their own creativity!! Take a bow, ladies!
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!!
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!!!
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.
Students in Mrs. Bello’s class did a wonderful job using painted paper scraps ands recycled materials to represent fun farm life. Teachers and staff sent in old cereal boxes to create these animals, inspired by the Recycled Rooster lesson found at Art Projects for Kids.
We decided to pump up the image with oil pastel and bold color. Students spent so much time on these animals, and it shows! Excellent work grade 1!