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!
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!
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!
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 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.
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.