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
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!!
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!!!
Students in grade 1, 2, 4 and 5 are beginning to explore the color wheel. How was the color wheel invented? How does it help us? How do we make it? Grade 5 has a unique opportunity to go beyond primary and secondary colors. In grades 5-8, students in art explore many different aspects of color theory, including tertiary (intermediate colors). These colors are created by mixing one primary with an adjacent (meaning ‘next to’) secondary. For instance, on a basic color wheel you will find red (primary) next to orange (secondary made from red and yellow). When we mix these two, we get….. red-orange!! We approached the color wheel as another familiar circular shape we have been seeing a lot lately and the results are astonishing! I am so proud of the effort put forth by all 5th graders during this project!