Tuesday, January 12, 2016

1st Grade Snowmen

We read the book, Snowmen At Christmas.  We talked about what rhyming words are and students listened for them in the story.  Students learned how to blend chalk using the color wheel.  They had to put colors next to each other only if they were next to each other on the color wheel.  We talked about what would happen if we mixed opposite colors.  The first graders did a great job with their first experience with chalk pastels!

4th Grade Jelly Fish

The 4th graders watched a video on the Great Barrier Reef and focused on Jellyfish.  They learned lots of fun facts about Jellyfish such as: they don't have a brain, some people eat them for protein, their life span is only a few days to a year, some are bigger than a human while others are as big as a pencil tip, they need salt water to survive, etc.  Students also learned about Analogous color and how artists create value in a piece of art.  Students had to choose analogous colors for their jellyfish.

3rd Grade Sea Turtles

After learning and creating an Aboriginal piece of art and studying Australia all the students learned about the Great Barrier Reef.  They looked closely at the pattern on a sea turtle and learned how to create value in a shape.  Students also discussed how artists do not have to have the whole object in the piece of

Friday, December 18, 2015

1st Grade Skeletons (Dia de los Muertos)

El Dia de los Muertos is a tradition that is celebrated in Mexico for over 500 years.  It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd.  This is a time to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away.  It is not supposed to be sad or scary; it’s a time to celebrate life itself.  In Mexico on these two days people create altars that are filled with food, photographs, candles, skulls, flowers, etc. to remember all the great memories from those who have passed away.  Some Mexicans decorate and set up altars at the grave sites as well.  The calavera, or skeleton is an important symbol during Dia del los Muertos.  On these two special days there are many types of toys, food, masks and miniatures made to look like skulls or skeletons.  

Thursday, December 17, 2015

4th Grade Haunted Victorian House Sculptures

After students studied Victorian Architecture and landscapes using 2-Dimensions, they then got to experiment with creating a 3-Dimensional house sculpture.  We discussed different parts of Architecture that they could use.  We also talked about recycled art and how you can create a piece of art out of just about anything.  Everything used for their sculpture was from recycle materials (mostly cardboard).  When their sculptures were complete I took them outside and spray painted them all black to create UNITY throughout their art.   Finally students were able to had metallic accents to them.


2nd Grade Jellyfish Sculptures

Whenever there is a music concert I always collaborate with the music teacher at our school and create artwork that goes along with the theme of the concert to hang in the commons for their performance.  The K/1 Concert this year was about underwater songs so all the students created and an art project revolving around the great barrier reef which tied into our Aboriginal Art Unit we just did!  The 2nd graders created these amazing jellyfish sculptures.  We talked about all sort of interesting facts about jellyfish.  Students had to choose two analogous colors for the body for their jelly fish that they formed over a balloon.  Once it was dry we popped the balloon and they were left with the body.  Then they chose colored streamers and ribbon that matched with their jellyfish that I hot glued into the center.  They looked great hanging from the ceiling for the concert!

1st Grade Underwater Art

Whenever there is a music concert I always collaborate with the music teacher at our school and create artwork that goes along with the theme of the concert to hang in the commons for their performance.  The K/1 Concert this year was about underwater songs so all the students created and an art project revolving around the great barrier reef which tied into our Aboriginal Art Unit we just did!