Thursday, January 23, 2014

1st Grade Polar Bears


The 1st Grade students learned important facts about Polar Bears from a short Video.  They also learned about the COOL colors and TEXTURE.

1st Grade Owls


The 1st grade students learned important facts about OWLS through a video.  We then learned about the PRIMARY colors through the books, Press Here and Mouse Paint.  Students learned that if you have the PRIMARY colors you can mix them to create the SECONDARY colors.  Students were about to choose two primary colors to create the wings on their owls.  Then they learned that adding white to a color makes it lighter or a TINT.  Students then used their last primary color to paint the body of their owls.  So their whole owls were painted using only the primary colors.  Finally students were able to use oil crayons to overlapped and add more details.

1st Grade Elmer Elephants


The 1st Grade students read the book, Elmer’s Special Day and we discussed what happened in the book.   Students learned that a PATTERN is something that repeats itself.  Students gave examples of many different patterns using colors, shapes, etc.  Students were able to re-create Elmer’s square pattern in the background of their artwork.  Next students each drew Elmer and used shapes and colors of their choice to create their own unique pattern on Elmer.  Finally students learned what TEXTURE is and add various colors of grass to create texture in their art. 

2nd Grade Mona Lisa

The 2nd grade students learned about the life and artwork of
Leonardo Da Vinci.
Da Vinci was born in Italy during the time of the Renaissance.  He was born in Vinci, Italy and also studied art there.  His paintings became famous because he made them look real.  The students learned that he was also a scientist, an inventor, a mathematician, a philosopher, as well as an artist.  Da Vinci loved to write notes along with his sketches, but he was so smart he was able to write his notes backwards.  This meant you needed a mirror to read his writing.  DaVinci is most famous for his painting of  “The Mona Lisa.”  It doesn’t matter what angle you look at her, she always seems to be looking at you.  The 2nd grade students had to decide where they would take Mona Lisa to and illustrate it!

2nd Grade Snowmen

Sorry I could not get these turned the correct way!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2nd Grade Clay Snowmen

2nd Grade Starry Night

The 2rd grade students learned about the artist Vincent Van Gogh.  We watched an animated video of “The Starry Night.” We looked at Van Gogh’s artwork and talked about how he expressed his feelings through his art.  We discussed how different colors create different moods or feelings in a painting. Van Gogh used an impasto technique, which is short, thick brushstrokes.  Students replicated Van Gogh’s style by using short, wavy lines to create their sky.  The students were able to use the cool colors to create their very own “Starry Night.”

2nd Grade Perspective Trees

The 2nd grade students learned about the life cycle of a tree through the book, Sky Tree.  We also discussed what a life cycle is.  Students were able to use one point perspective to create a tree.  Students learned that there are many different ways you can look at an object.  Students were able to draw a tree as if they were lying underneath the tree looking up.  Students learned what TEXTURE is and created texture on their trees to look like bark.  Students also reviewed what the WARM colors are and why they are called the WARM colors.  Students were taught how to blend oil crayons to create a fall tree.  Finally students were able to learn what CONSTRAST is and how to create it in a piece of art.

3rd Grade Degas Dancers

3rd Grade Keith Haring Figures

3rd Grade Chickens

abstract colors.

The 3rd grade students learned about the artist Grant Wood.  He was born in a small town in Iowa and was born and raised on a farm.  Grant Wood loved living on the farm and had many pets such as chickens, goats, ducks and turkeys.  When Grant was 10 years old his father past away.  He had to move into the city because his mom was unable to keep up the farm on her own.  Grant did not like the city because he felt out of place and was made fun of because he did not dress like the other kids did.   Grant was an excellent artist from an early age on and he did many things revolving around art.  He taught art, made jewelry, learned carpentry, and also decorated people’s houses.  When he joined the army during WWI his job was to paint camouflage on the tanks and canons.  Most of Grant Wood’s paintings were of farmlands because that was a huge part of his childhood.  People loved his work because they could relate to his paintings, and they were very peaceful and calming.  Grant’s most famous painting is American Gothic.  The people in this painting were actually not farmers; they were his sister and his family dentist!  The 3rd grade students learned the difference between a 2-D and 3-D piece of art.  We discussed the various materials a sculpture could be made out of and each student was able to create their very own chicken sculpture.  We also review what ABSTRACT art is and students could choose to do their chicken with realistic or