Sunday, January 27, 2013

School Showcase!

Today was our School Showcase! I was very excited and proud of how the student art display turned out! However, I woke up with a fever and a sore throat this morning and could not go. Luckily, my husband was awesome and took in the display for everyone to see. So, if you were like me and could not go to the School Showcase, I have some pictures for you :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Short Week of Art

As many of you know, I only teach on Thursdays and Fridays this year. Since we were out of school this past Friday, the art room only saw activity on Thursday. Despite only having a few classes on Thursday, the art room was full of new fact I was having trouble finding a place to put everything (a good problem to have if you ask me).

Anyway, I have several things to share this week. The K4/K5 students have recently began a new project on Piet Mondrian. After learning about his life, as well as discussing and viewing several of his artworks, students began their projects. I love Mondrian's work, however, I didn't want to do the normal Mondrian project. The K4/K5 students are instead creating a Mondrian inspired instrument (I'm saying instrument here because some of my students are calling it a guitar, while others are calling it a is even calling it a ukulele!) This week, we worked on the body, neck and head of the instrument and next week we will be adding the strings and tuning keys.

I shared a little last week about what was happening in the 1st grade. This week they started putting together their fall/winter self portraits. I had to share a few examples! They are looking great!

The 2nd grade students are working on dioramas of fictional animals that they created. A few weeks ago, we looked at the dioramas from the American Museum of Natural History. Students learned how scientists and artists work together to create these dioramas. After sketching their idea, students this week began to sculpt their animals out of paper clay.

And finally for this week, the 4th grade students have been learning about the work of Claes Oldenburg. In particular, we looked at some of his soft food sculptures. This week, students started creating their own soft food sculptures out of felt. In later weeks, students we be creating a second part of this project, which I will post as they are working on it. For now, here are the beginnings of their food sculptures!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Project Updates!

I am really excited about the projects that students are currently working on! Many of these projects, I created myself this past summer and it is wonderful to see my students so excited and enthusiastic during the production process.

The 1st grade students are still busy working on their Jasper Johns inspired artworks. As I mention several weeks ago, I have split the 1st graders into two groups. While one group is painting, the other has been working on fall self-portraits. Next week, students will be finishing these portraits. We still have another couple of weeks worth of work on our paintings though. They are looking really awesome! I thought I would give you a sneak peek.

The 3rd grade students are currently working on an observation project. For this project, students are studying a picture of their favorite animal and are creating a watercolor drawing based upon their observations. Despite this being a difficult task, students are doing a fantastic job! They are really focusing on the positives of their accomplishments rather than any accidents or mistakes. :)

The 5th grade students are working on collages based on paleoart (dinosaur art). Students began making their collage backgrounds this week. Students looked through several different magazines to find interesting textures, patterns, and colors. They used their finds to create the different elements of their landscape backgrounds.

Last update for this week comes from the Art Club. Students in Art are learning about the works of Alexander Calder. First, we looked at several of his artworks, including his wire circus, mobiles, and stabiles. Then we read the book "Sandy's Circus" by Tanya Lee Stone. Using both the artworks and book as inspiration, students this week began their own wire sculptures. Students were given three pieces of wire and spent this week's meeting bending and twisting them into unique forms.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I returned home from western Kentucky Wednesday night after a busy, but extremely fun vacation. I was so glad to see all of my students happy and energized after their break.

During the last two days, students have been very busy. Several classes, including the K4/K5, 3rd, and 5th, have all began new projects. Next week the 2nd and 4th will be starting new projects. With all these new projects starting, this means finished artworks! This post is going to be a little slideshow heavy :), but please look through each grades' creations. I think they turned out wonderfully and the students have been very proud of their accomplishments! Next week, I will be sharing with you what students are exploring in the new projects.

Without further ado, on to the slideshows :)

K4 String Art

K5 Line Design Turtles

2nd Andy Warhol Soup Cans

4th Radial Balance Name Design

Art Club Collages