Saturday, September 28, 2013

Another Action Packed Week!

A word of warning to everyone...this post will be another long one full of pictures and updates. I can't help myself! The kids are so into their projects and I cannot help take pictures of their progress :)

This week was a crazy one as well. The students spent every morning testing, which scrambled my schedule. Most of the classes, who usually have art in the morning, came to see me in the afternoon. It was interesting to see some of the changes. Some students were more alert and ready to go, while others were completely worn out from recess and ready to take a nap. So anyway, to keep things easy I will be sharing with you updates in grade level order.

Starting off with the K4. We finished our first project this week! I am so impressed with this one, especially since these are the little bitty people. This is a very advanced class this year! After we finished the last few details of our projects, I introduced students to, what I am calling, squish art. I placed three dots of tempera paint (red, blue, and yellow) onto a piece of aluminum foil and then placed a piece of card stock on top. After students squished and rubbed the paper thoroughly, and before they lifted their paper up, I asked them if they believed the primary colors mixed together to create the secondary colors through this method. Most of them thought that since we mixed it differently, the outcome would also be different. Well, not only were they surprised by the awesome tie-dye like results, but they were also excited to see that the primary colors, indeed, had created the secondary colors by mixing. Here are some of their squish paintings.

The K5 also had adventures in secondary colors. This week we painted our secondary ice cream scoops. It makes me so happy to see their expressions when they are mixing colors!

The 1st grade this week began their final drawing for their "updated" cave paintings. Love their animals!

Speaking of impressed...I was super pleased with the results of the 2nd grade sketches. This week, I asked students to create 5 stained glass designs using primarily shapes and lines. They far outdid what I asked of them! They were in such a creative groove that I hated to ask them to clean up! Way to go 2nd!!!!

The 3rd grade also rocked out this week! After sketching our designs last week, this week students created their Romanesque inspired medallions. Students began by wrapping a plastic disk/foam disc with aluminum foil. Students then secured the aluminum foil with painters tape (we will be covering that next week with a felt disk...color of their choice). After the medallion body was created, students drew their design into the aluminum foil using a dull pencil and added color and details using Sharpies. Next week, students have the choice of turning their medallion into a necklace or mounting it onto a piece of mat board and creating a border using metallic colored pencils.

Sadly, due to their testing schedule, I was unable to see the 4th grade class this week. :(

The 5th grade practice their Sumi-e landscapes this week. Before they began practicing, I demonstrated how to create bamboo, mountains, trees, and clouds. At first, it took them a while to adjust to using only one color of tempera paint. After a little trail and error, however, I think they did a fabulous job! Most of these students have only experimented with value through colored pencils or crayons. So for their first time with paint...not too shabby!

This week kicked off one of several "preparation" weeks for the 6th grade. The create their black-figure inspired Greek vase, students began by cutting their vase out of card stock. Afterward, students created their base layer of color using red, yellow, and orange oil pastels. To the students horror, we will be covering the whole vase, top to bottom, next week using a thick layer of black acrylic paint. Not to worry though, the results will be awesome!

Last, but not least, the Art Club began adding color to the Romero Britto inspired paintings. We have quiet a bit of work ahead of us, but all this work will definitely be worth it!


As most of you know, I typically try to post on Saturdays. Well next Saturday is a little uncertain. I may have to post next week on Sunday. Mr. Chance and I are heading to Folly Beach for a very short vacation. Truth be told, its not really going to be a vacation, but more like a treasure search. We are both really into shell hunting, so that is the goal next least one awesome shell to bring home. I'll let you know how things went, as well as update you on things that happened in the art room :)

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