Wednesday, October 29, 2014

First grade grade landscapes

Learning about Grant Wood's landscapes, first grade artists created landscapes with a foreground, middle ground and background. We watched a how to video on drawing a haunted house. We then embellished our drawings so they are all different. We used crayons and watercolors. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kinder Kandinsky

After spending quite some time learning about lines in art, Kindergarteners have moved into shapes. We looked at the abstract paintings of Kandinsky as inspiration for our art. We used stencils to divide our paper into six squares. We then colored each square differently using paint dabblers. The next class we read "The Missing piece" by Silverstein and discussed shapes. We collaged concentric circles , beginning with a small circle about the size of a penny and gluing it to a larger piece of a paper and then cutting it out again. So each time it's glued and cut out, the circle shapes grows larger. We created six variations of circles.

Friday, October 3, 2014

2nd grade Lego self portraits

Second grade artists looked at the self portraits of many famous artists including Kahlo, Picasso, Rockwell, Cassat, Chagall, and Van Gogh. We talked about the difference in styles and also looked closely at the details in the paintings that provided clues about the what the artist liked. For example, Van Gogh is holding a palette and paint brushes. Since we are about to begin an OPEF project building with Legos, we created a lego mini figure of ourselves. We had to include two details that told others things about ourselves.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

First grade line art

First graders looked several different pieces of artwork. We talked about the elements of art as the ingredients that artists use to make art. They are line, shape, form, color, value, space and texture. After reading the book, "The Dot," we created made a dot on our paper and went wherever the idea took us. Our art is abstract and we tried to incorporate all seven elements of art into our work. The following art class, we read the book "Lines that Wiggle." We drew four or five lines on the back of our papers. We carefully cut along those lines and reassembled our art, much like a puzzle. We were careful to leave space in between the pieces of our puzzle, creating lines.