Saturday, March 29, 2014

Oh Geez

Really calendar. Why must you be so mean to me? I realized yesterday that we are three short weeks, and only two more art classes away from spring break. EEK! Where has all the time gone? That means we only have 3/4 classes left before our big Art Show on May 8th! Despite the recent reportings of "spring fever" around the school, students have been really focused in Art and I am hoping that we can get a few more pieces done despite the time crunch we have now entered.

Got a big update for you today, picture heavy too...but well worth it I promise :)

K4: Big news...I have decided to change our project slightly. I was talking with Mrs. R, the K4 teacher, about how I intended for students to create necklaces which display a certain pattern (through color). As students finished busily working on creating their beads using Model Magic, Mrs. R had an epiphany...why don't we use the beads to create caterpillars? Yes! As we further collaborated on this new idea, she suggested that it be based on Eric Carle's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and I suggested that we could display the caterpillars on a paper plate that students will paint to look like food (like a watermelon, cookie, pancake, orange...) I am very excited about this newly developed project! Students will still be fulfilling all of the objectives from the past project (creating beads from clay, creating a pattern, threading a pipe cleaner through each bead) however, I feel that this project is a little more solid and will be a ton of fun!

K5: Most students spent this week coloring a full piece a paper using as many colors as possible. Why you might ask? Well, this paper will become the stripes for our rainbow zebras. Many of the students were able to finish, however we will need to spend a few minutes finishing up next week. I am hoping that I am able to share a couple of pictures with you next week of much more colorful zebras.

1st: Tuesday was a big day for the 1st grade because they were able to come to Art twice (the second class was a make-up session since I had to miss the past Tuesday). During the first class, students were introduced to artist George Braque and Cubism. Students discussed his different artworks and loved trying to guess and find all the objects included in his Cubist paintings. After completing our discussion, I introduced the new project to students which will be to create a Cubist style artwork of a musical instrument. During the second class, students were able to begin sketching, drawing, and coloring their favorite instrument. Next week, we will start working on the background and preparing it for a big Cubism makeover!

2nd: We are still hard at work on "constructing" our Hundertwasser houses. Students are in love with this project! They are having such a good time creating their house, choosing the "paint" colors and "landscaping". After a quick demo about using markers to their fullest potential, students did have the opportunity to begin coloring, however, I wanted to wait and show you their houses once they are fully completed.

3rd: After only having a very brief period to plan out their artwork last week, I decided to give students a full class to think, prepare and plan for their Kandinsky Circle Assemblage project. Students had to have two things planned before the end of class on Wednesday, what color each layer of their circle is going to be and what materials they will be using to construct their assemblage. Beginning next week, we will be putting them all together!

4th: Students spent Tuesday planning for their photography project. I asked students to think of two different locations where they would like to take their picture and how they will alter their photography to create a fictional narrative. We are all crossing our fingers that it doesn't rain on Tuesday this upcoming week. Over half of the students want to take their picture outside. Here's hoping for a sunny day!!!

5th: I am so happy with the results of our collagraph prints! Students have worked so hard and are so pleased with the results of all of their efforts! I can't wait until we add our relief prints on top next week!

6th: With most students having completed the weather vanes, I decided to go ahead and teach students about Fauvism! After a brief discussion about key characteristics of the style and showing students several different examples, including a few by Matisse and Derain, I demonstrated how students will be painting a Fauvist inspired Palmetto Tree. Students will be creating this for not only our next project, but also as a fundraiser for the 6th grade's Washington DC trip. We will be having a silent auction during the Art Show on May 8th where these pieces will be for sale! Before creating our final paintings, students will be doing a lot of practicing. Wednesday marked the first practice day for 6th graders.

Art Club: Everyone is now working on their Paul Wacker's inspired tapestry. The older students just started this week discussing the concept of collecting and Wacker's work, while the younger students began creating their tapestries. Here's how they are looking so far...

In other cool news...I was walking around the room as the first graders finished up their instrument drawings and noticed a pretty cool free draw. "Z" started with nothing but a line, but by adding layers and a few squares here and there came up with an awesome cityscape. Nice Job!

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