The art room has been a flurry of activity this month. The children are full of all the excitement that this holiday season brings. Although we haven’t experienced the white winter scenery just yet, the artists have been creating many winter inspired projects to compensate.
In Kindergarten, the artists are creating snow men and women. We read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. The students are using their cutting skills to cut out a circle and a half circle to create the body and cutting a triangle for the nose and also cutting very long rectangles for arms. They also made decorative scarfs to keep the snow people warm.
First grade and Second grade have been focusing on making secondary colors from primary colors. The First grade made “color birds”. The second grade was inspired to create a giraffe painting after we read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. The artists sketched a giraffe and then mixed primary colors to make secondary colors to complete their painting. They were so proud of their work!
The Third Grade studied the animals painted by American artist Charley Harper and then created a winter collage. They drew a Charley Harper inspired cardinal on red paper, created birch trees from Let it Snow music sheets. The collage was finished with “snow” paint and fresh tracks from their birds.
The Fourth grade students learned about the whimsical work of Wayne Thiebaud. He was best known for his paintings of cakes and desserts. The artists created cupcakes using oil pastels. They the blended the oil pastels to show value and also used chalk pastels to create highlights and shadows. The outcome was delicious!
Fifth grade learned about Analogous colors (3 colors next to each other on the color wheel). They created “angry monsters” and used analogous colors in their monsters. In the next month, they will create plush creatures inspired by their drawings as they learn some basic sewing stitches.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!
November is always so colorful outside and that color seeps into every corner of the art room.
This month the artists have been creating art based on shape and color.
The Kindergarten artists are beginning to mix their Primary colors (red, blue and yellow) to make secondary colors (green, purple and orange) They created some pumpkins by mixing red and yellow to make orange and blue and yellow to make green. They even highlighted the pumpkins with oil pastels to make them look as if they were waiting to be picked under a full moon! We are also learning about shapes in a new way. Geometric shapes have rules, organic shapes do not. We are having a lot of fun experimenting with those types of shapes in the art room.
The first and second grades are focusing on color as well. They are beginning to explore how colors relate to each other.
First grade created a still life painting of apples that was inspired by artist Paul Cezanne. They looked at how many different colors are actually on an apple. First grade also learned about monochromatic color schemes. We read Why is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrique and then created a "blue dog" inspired dog by sketching "blue dog" in black and then using a monochromatic color family to finish the piece. The artists had a lot of fun naming their dogs!
Third grade created a Winter Silhouette watercolor painting. We observed and discussed what foreground, middle and background was in various artworks. The artists created these in a watercolor background. They painted silhouettes of trees and fences and then finished with shadows.
Fourth grade made a color wheel eyeball! The artists created a 12 hue color wheel using tempera paint - the tricky part was they only could use primary colors. They enjoyed creating the secondary and tertiary colors. They used construction paper to create a lens shape and added eyelashes. They "look" great!
Fifth grade also made a color wheel building on the color wheel from Forth grade. The fifth grade focused not only on color - but how different types of lines can create movement. We looked at vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines in art and created a rainy day water color background using oil pastels and liquid watercolor. During class each student had a photograph taken holding an umbrella. (It has been a very rainy month.) . The artists cutout the photo and color wheel and affixed those to the background to create a whimsical collage.
Looking forward to watching the next season roll into New England. I am especially excited to watch all of our artists creating art inspired by all of the beauty that winter brings.....
"Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all" -Stanley Horowitz
Autumn is in the air!
There is something so magical about the transformation of the seasons. We have been watching the summer leaves outside our window turn from their summer green to the beautiful colors of fall. Nature and Shape have been a big focus this month.
The younger artists have been learning about artists that were heavily inspired by nature. Those artists include Hundertwasser and his abstract approach to nature and architecture.
The First Grade learned about Georgia O’Keeffe and her style of painting BIG! They created larger than life flowers and used their knowledge of warm and cool color to make the colors pop.
The Second Grade was re-introduced to Paul Klee and his use of shape in his work. We read the book The Cat and the Bird and looked at a variety of his work before creating our own Klee inspired work.
The Third grade focused on the line and color of leaves and created some watercolor paintings using warm and cool colors (very similar to the weather we are having this month!)
The Fourth grade created an underwater adventure while learning about value. They made tints and shades for a background to support their translucent jellyfish families. Keep an eye out for these at the upcoming art show in the spring.
In Fifth grade the focus was on creating different shapes with geometric and organic lines. After a quick rock and mineral study, the artists created their own crystals and geodes with oil pastels and watercolor on watercolor paper and then painted those in warm and cool colors. We made a "soil" background using construction paper and paint.
The classes will continue to use Line and Shape as we begin to focus on our upcoming color wheel projects.
My goodness summer flies by quickly!
I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather of New England and beyond. As much as I love spending beach time with my family and friends over the summer months. I really look forward to getting back into the art room and creating some art with the students. I have been getting the room ready to foster a creative and safe environment that students feel free to share their unique style of art with each other.
At the beginning of each school year, I like to share a book that deals with a challenge. This year I choose A Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. It is a wonderful reminder that mistakes happen (especially in the art room ) and how a mistake can be turned into something wonderful. It is a fabulous book to reflect on over the course of the school year.
The focus of the year is teaching children the Elements of Art using a variety of materials. We will be learning about many styles of art and artists as well as art history as it pertains to our projects.
We started the year working on a collaborative art installment that is in process in the art room. After discussing what a line “is” (A dot that just keeps going.)and brainstorming all different types of line, each student decorated a feather using different types of lines. We will be building our "wings" as a community of artists.
The ELEMENTS of ART
Line and Pattern, Shape, Color, Contrast and Emphasis,
Movement and Rhythm, Value, Texture, Balance, Form, Space, Proportion, Unity and Variety.