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.....