Saturday, April 13, 2013

I Love April!

I looked at my calendar yesterday during lunch and noticed that we will not be missing any school during April!!!! Hooray! That means lots of awesome art!!!

I am getting so excited about the upcoming Art Night at the SpringHill Suites. I will be sending out a flyer about it this week. I can see students are getting excited too. They are starting to ask about what art they will be seeing and I am hearing things like "My project is going to look so cool at the art show!" and "We are going to be like real artists!" I hope that everyone will be able to come out and enjoy the students' hard work and creativity!

As for this week, I have some new works-in-progress pics to show. There are several grades that are getting very close to finishing their projects and I can't wait to see what their finished creation will look like :)

First and foremost, the K5 is still hard at work on their Texture Pizzas. I was able to surprise them this week by telling them I am getting actual pizza boxes for their artworks to be displayed in.

 Before Easter break, the 1st grade students began working on the backgrounds for their leaf drawings. During the break, I took a look at them and decided we needed to head in a different direction. I don't know if they are influenced by the warm weather or what, but many of their backgrounds were really busy and really bright. Not that this is a bad thing, I was really happy to see how creative they were. However, the wonderful job they did on their leaf drawing seemed to disappear amongst all the details and colors. We decided that we would try something different...aluminum foil. Students were able to incorporate a lot of their original designs and details to the aluminum foil, but having just a simple silver background really allows their drawings to shine!

The 2nd grade just completed their dioramas. This week they started on their Art and Reading projects, in particular, the work of an illustrator. We first read the book "There's a Wocket in my Pocket", by Dr. Seuss. The first time I read it, I did not show them the pictures. The second time, they were able to see the pictures. We discussed what the purpose of an illustration was, why they are included, and how they are made. After a great discussion, students chose a poem from the book "Where the Sidewalk Ends", by Shel Silverstein. After reading the poem carefully, they are now working on an illustration for it.

The 3rd grade is continuing to work on their Chinese Zodiac puppets. Many students finished the head of their puppet this week and are now starting to work on the body.

The 4th grade started on their final advertisement artwork. These are turning out great so far! They have really come up with some really creative stuff!

 The 5th grade finished their paeloart artworks! Next week will be starting something new. I will be posting pics of their collages next week.

The 6th grade started practicing for their Georgia O'Keeffe inspired bone drawings. It was really exciting to see them working with the chalk. There was surprise, excitement, and some confusion that you could use chalk on something other than a chalk board...a great experience overall. We also discussed how you can create value using just the chalk and an eraser. Next week, they will be starting their final drawings.

The Art Club Bigs students are still working hard on creating felt squares for their quilts. However, we did have one person this week start to assemble their quilt and a few more should be starting next week.

The Art Club Littles students started adding details and color to their molas. I am totally excited about these molas. The kids are too! There were so many smiles and kids shouting for me to come and see what they were doing. I was so proud! They are looking so wonderful! Below is an example from one student from K5, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

 In fact, I was so excited about the students' molas that I decided to make one too :)

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