After an extended Christmas vacation due to snow, we are all back at work in the art room. January is the perfect time of year to relax in our warm classroom and look at the architecture of the world. In grade 4 one class has been hard at work creating Russian architecture inspired buildings modeled after Saint Basil's Cathedral ,while the other class is using India's iconic Taj Mahal (one of the new 7 wonders of the world) to inspire their drawings with minarets and onion skin domes. Grade 2 is starting with castles, learning the parts and drawing their own, even using some 3D drawing tricks to create the illusion of space. In K2 students will be design building “blue prints” in a printmaking project. Grade 3 has been learning about the design of bridges by creating a landscape that needs a bridge, designing the structure and adding it to the page using collage.
In 5th and 6th grade we have been concentrating on self-portraits. Grade 6 is using clay to build and a self-portrait bobble head. Grade 5 learned about facial proportions and completed a self-portrait on paper while using a mirror to examine and draw themselves.
I look forward to sharing the wonderful art on Artsonia.com as soon as it is completed and photographed.
We have some very interesting Art Show projects that the students will be working on throughout the next few months. Two of the projects requires items we don’t usually have in the art room so if you can help us out with a donation we would be thrilled.
We’ve been so busy in the art room the past 5 weeks! First, a great thank you for the generous yarn donations! We received some real alpaca yarn and some of the children got a chance to watch a video of alpaca shearing and then see how the fleece is turned into yarn.
The students love, love, love weaving! 5th and 6th graders constructed their own straw looms (also called belt looms) and created colorful weavings, many of which were transformed into head bands. In grade 4 students have been diligently weaving for weeks but don’t want to stop until the cardboard looms are complete. (If you are reading this please don’t spoil the secret and let on about the weaving because you may be getting a weaving as a Christmas present.)
We are not trying to rush the season and we waited until after Thanksgiving to begin some Christmas and winter themed projects. Cardinals in the snow in grade 1 are a favorite of everyone. It’s fun to see the individuality in each child’s painting. Kindergarten is creating some snowy city collages and then adding snow with paint. Grade 3 was introduced to the art of Norman Rockwell, even watching a video and seeing him at work before creating their own wonderful drawings. We have these fabulous new woodless colored pencils that they love and they used them to show how they gather and celebrate the season.
In grade 1 and 2 we are making snowmen. This year we are experimenting with the magical effects of salt in paint to create snowy backgrounds as well as playing with different views of the snowmen.
All the work is being uploaded to Artsonia as soon as possible and the art will be sent home through the child’s classroom teacher.
Have a great December!!!
Continuing with the elements of art students have been using SHAPE and Color in their art works.
We’ve been looking at warm and cool colors in grade 5 and 6, secondary colors in grade 2 (of course) and primary and rainbow colors in K2. In grade 4 we learned to draw real trees, stylized trees in grade 6, birch trees in 5th, and we even used a straw and ink to “blow paint” trees in grade 3. Grade 1 used black paint to create the shapes that would become scaredy cats and designed new textiles while printing with sponges on paper.
Once we put the paints away we used cut paper to create Picasso witch collages in grade 4, amazing colorful skies with silhouettes in grade 3, Japanese Notan designs in 5th and in 6th grade learned about the work of installation artist Suzan Shutan and created their own paper clusters. Don’t let us forget that Halloween was looming over us so we created symmetrical portraits, haunted houses as well as a rogue’s gallery of interesting creatures.
We are starting our exploration of weaving over the next few weeks so check put our projects as I upload them to Artsonia.
Art club will be finishing up this week and it’s been a blast. We have been creating animal-like architecture like James Rizzi, using clay to make hand bowls and we even have designed moving robots who will do our drawing for us!
The art room is back in full gear and we have been very busy. I am in the process of uploading the latest art to Artsonia so keep checking.
We began the year working with line as both an introduction and a review of the elements of art.
K2 is still working on drawing monsters and has learned that just by changing a simple line they can make their creature mad, surprised, scared, etc.
First grade has already completed 2 projects, a line landscape and a watercolor painting of fall leaves using red, yellow and blue paint while mixing their own oranges, greens and purples!
In grade 2 we are painting an abstract design created by using different types of lines. They seem to be enjoing using tempera cakes for the first time.
Students loved looking at a video of one of Sol LeWitt’s conceptual artworks being created by a group of people. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/Gc-c-pYGCrw They in turn each created an individual directed line picture that was connected to everyone else’s in the class for display on the wall. This week they looked at Aboriginal art and created their own dot painting while listening to traditional music. (please ask them how we made the stencil of their hand)
In grade 4 students carefully created colorful line landscapes with markers using foreground, middle ground and background. They also had some fun with a “robot” artist when we taped some markers to a wind-up toy and let it draw for us.
Grade 5 will be using sketchbooks this year and has been designing the covers as well as doing contour line drawings of their shoes and completing the picture with warm color back grounds and cool color shoes.
Looking at surrealist art and learning about Salvador Dali is helping grade 6 complete their observational drawings of their hands by transforming the image into something unexpected.
I am looking for a few used items for the art room for some upcoming projects.
More art coming soon, stay tuned!
Just a few quick notes about our art classes. All students in grades K2 through grade 6 visit the art room each week. Kindergarten has a 30 minute session, grades 1 through 4 have a 40 minute class and grades 5 and 6 have 80 minutes. Sometimes we complete a project in one class however most art works require more than one day so your child may not always bring an artwork home weekly. It may also be delayed coming home because it is drying, being displayed in school or I haven’t finished photographing it for Artsonia*.
I truly believe that everyone is an artist and just needs to learn the elements and principles of art to create, just as we learn the alphabet and sounds phonics to read. In art we will look at ancient art as well as contemporary art and everything in between while weaving, painting, constructing, drawing, animating, etc. I’m hoping by presenting a wide variety of experiences every child will find something that excites them.
I hate to ask but if you could be on the outlook while you are cleaning out your attics or closets this year we are in need of the following:
Feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comment.
* www.Artsonia.com is our on-line Art Gallery. Every piece of art your child has created in art since K2 can be viewed on there. Only artwork by children who’s activated by their parents/guardians will be viewable on the site so please make sure you are registered.(please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns about Artsonia) Our art room receives 20% of all sales on Artsonia which is used to purchase extra supplies for the classroom!
As the school year comes to a close I hope you get a change to check out our student's latest experiments in iPad animations.
Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Art Show. Your continued support reinforces the importance of arts in everyone's life.
Grade 6 Terracotta Warriors
Workers digging a well outside the city of Xi'an, China, in 1974 struck upon one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: a life-size clay soldier poised for battle. The diggers notified Chinese authorities, who dispatched government archaeologists to the site.
They found not one, but thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank. And though largely gray today, patches of paint hint at once brightly colored clothes. The soldiers are in trench like, underground corridors. In some of the corridors, clay horses are aligned four abreast; behind them are wooden chariots.
The terra-cotta army, as it is known, is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife. The young Emperor Ying Zheng took the throne in 246 B.C. at the age of 13.
This is our grade 6 army. As they travel on their path past SBCA their battle is to continue sharing all the great traditions of their catholic faith, family spirit, and academic excellence, skills and values needed to become successful, morally conscious members of society. They have created an army by multiplying themselves as a visual reminder or the power of their faith and instruction from South Boston Catholic Academy.
The original warriors were created in terracotta whereas our students created a self-portrait printing plate and printed it again and again with grey ink on black paper to suggest the clay.
grade 6 creating the artwork
We’re constantly trying new things in the art room. Looking at new art, using new materials or trying new media is how we stretch our artist’s brain power. Kindergarten created outstanding owls out of recycled materials and watched a wonderful story about Owl Babies. Chinese artist Wang Yani inspired grade 1 to create painted monkeys and grade 2 to create awakened lions with sumi brushes and water based ink. In grade 3 students were amazed at the beautiful designs on the shells of box turtles, created their own out of clay and even designed a box room for the turtles. Grade 4 learned about printmaking and transformed their prints into a beautiful kimono complete with and obi. Grade 5 has been working in self-hardening clay on a project inspired by the work of sculptor Claes Oldenburg. (No photos because we want to surprise you at this year’s art show.) Grade 6 has also been working on a special project for the art show using combining illumination and repousse on special metal sheets. (Again, not photos, we want to surprise you.)
Over the next few weeks students will all be working on projects for the Art Show which will be on May 3, in the school cafeteria. Remember, all work from the art show will also be displayed on Artsonia a day or two after the show. This year we are trying something new and will have preschool work with grade 6 on a special project using our art room iPad minis. (Yes, we have 10 and are looking to get 4 more!)
Please remember to check out our student art work at Artonia.com
It’s amazing how quickly the days have passed since we returned from Christmas vacation. On return we jumped right into our Architectural unit. Architecture has always been an exciting subject for our students and gives them an opportunity gain new skills and see another application of art in their lives.
Kindergarten began by making their own blue print (we printed with cardboard and white paint on blue paper) and completed the buildings with construction crayons to add color and detail. In grade 1 students created 3d “My Corner of the World” constructions. They were asked to design a personal space that they have or would like to have at home. They also added detail on the back of their constructions which became the “outside” of their homes.
Castles are always a favorite subject so in grade 2 students drew castles incorporating architectural details and learned how to use diagonal lines to create 3D drawbridges. Also creating castles but with an entirely different technique grade 4 used a piece of cardboard to drag paint up their paper. When the paint dried they used sharpies to transform the paint into extraordinary castles, some made of ice and some floating on clouds!
In grade 3 students created 3D pyramids. They used sponges to create brick like patterns on the outside, attached hidden books inside and topped it off with a gold painted clay ring!
Using t squares to insure parallel and perpendicular lines helped both 5th and 6th graders to learn how to create space in 1 point perspective. Students in grade 5 created cities while grade 6 designed bedrooms making sure to send all diagonal lines to the vanishing point.
Coming up next: Celebrating Chinese New Year and Printmaking!
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