Thursday, May 23, 2013

4th grade one point perspective cities

4th grade artists learned about the renaissance as a time of discovery, exploration and invention. The ability to accurately and realistically portray 3D looking images on a 2d surface happened during the Renaissance. We looked at artwork prior to the Renaissance and compared it to old, 1980s video games. Both types of images had incorrect, distorted and weird attempts at portraying depth on a flat surface. We reviewed parallel, horizontal and vertical lines and drew our cities using one-point perspective and a vanishing point. We shaded in colored pencil, making one side of the building light and the other side dark.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

First grade gum ball machines

First graders looked at the artwork of pop artist Wayne Thiebaud. He is famous for creating paintings of foods--mostly desserts. He paints realistically. We looked at his artwork discussed his use of the elements of art. The elements are line, shape, form, color, space, texture and value. We used all of these in our artwork. Can you find them?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Specials Night, First Grade

These mixed-media Art projects feature first graders' understanding of the primary colors and how they are used to create the secondary colors. We looked at the paintings of Audrey flack. She was a pioneer in a style of painting known as photorealism. We looked at her painting of crayon a crayons. Why do they look so real? We noticed shadows and highlights and tints (lights) and shades (darks) of the same color. We drew our crayons by drawing cylinders first and then drawing a cone shape on top. We added details like the crayons stripe or the color name. We learned to shade with our crayons, pretending a spot light was shining on them, making one side lighter and one side darker, producing a cast shadow on the table next to each crayon. We then mixed liquid watercolors, in the primary colors, in a resist technique for our backgrounds. En la clase de Espanol, students looked at their artwork and wrote, in Spanish, about how many crayons they drew and how the mixed the primary colors.

Specials Night, Kindergarten

These abstract paintings were created by kindergarten artist using liquid watercolors in the primary colors-red, yellow, and blue. Each square is a mini-painting where students explored and reviewed the primary colors and how to mix them together to create the secondary colors. The watercolor paper we used had masking tape on it, dividing it into sections. We used a watercolor technique called "wet on wet", where we first painted a small section of our paper with water, then added a drop of one primary color. Quickly we added a drop of a different primary color, right next to the first. Because the paper is still wet, the two colors simultaneously combined to make a secondary color.
After the paint dried and the tape was removed, we learned about pattern. We used sharpie markers to create patterns where the masking tape used to be.
Lastly, en la clase de Espanol, students talked about their artwork and wrote down, in Spanish, how they created their secondary colors.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Kindergarten Sunflowers

Kindergarten artists learned about the life and artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. We looked carefully at his many sunflower paintings and talked about the colors he used. His colors were warm-yellows, oranges and reds. We used oil pastels and water colors for our sunflower paintings. We even signed our artwork on the vase, just like Van Gogh did.