March welcomes the promise of Spring. Which on some days is hard to remember when the temperatures are raw and the ground is covered with snow.
We will start the month celebrating Read Across America day and Dr. Suess' birthday. All grades will be having fun creating Dr Seuss characters of their own this month. We will be sure to use many of his whimsically illustrated books for inspiration.
Books are a big part of our art room. Aside from the beautiful illustrations found in most children's literature, they also may offer moral lessons, make connections to art history, offer exposure to each others cultures and so much more. I am consistently looking for books to incorporate into the art curriculum that will enhance a lesson (or inspire a new one) . If you have a favorite children's book that you would like to share, please let me know!
Our Kindergarten artists are celebrating Dr. Seuss this month by creating some very unique fish inspired by the book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. They used paper and paint sticks for this project. They LOVED the paint sticks - they look like glue sticks and the paint dries relatively fast. Ask your kindergartner to tell you about them (and their fish). We are also talking about visual texture and creating a landscape using texture boards.
First grade was introduced to artist Vincent Van Gogh. After reading Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt the artists created their version of Sunflowers using light blue paper and oil pastels. First grade is also working on an owl study.
Second grade artists are still working on thier "winter selfies". This project combines, portraiture, printmaking, fiber arts and collage. We read The Color of Us by Karen Katz and learned about different skin tones before sketching our portraits. The next step was to create the prints that eventually will be hats and mittens. The artists carved patterns into a foam "plate" and used a brayer to apply ink and then make a print (and a ghost print). The scarfs will be covered in pattern and then students will add tassels to finish.
Third grade is focusing on printmaking this month and architecture. We read Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty and also A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino and discussed many types of buildings and cityscapes. The third grade artists divided water color paper in half and used water color to paint one side in warm colors and the other in cool colors. The created a city scape with many different types of buildings on a foam printing plate and then inked the "plate" with black printing ink to create a city sky line and reflection.
Fourth grade are busy as bees creating a hexagonal honeycomb background for their collograph print. The students learned about why bees make their honeycombs using the hexagon shape (Ask them - they will love to tell you.) After they have created the "honey comb" with crayon, they will use watercolor paint for a colorful background. The next step was to create a bee Collograph. We looked at the anatomy of a bee and how many sections, legs and wings the bee has. They recreated these "parts" by cutting foam and attaching these to cardboard pieces to make a collograph. The students inked the collograph with a brayer and made prints of bees all over the honeycomb backgrounds.
Fifth grade continues with portraiture this month. They will be creating 3 dimensional self portraits.