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!