Welcome back to a new school year!

Does pta reflectionsyour child enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your child’s inner artist with PTA Reflections! This art contest is open to ALL grades.  This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me.”

Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form from Mrs. Adamos in room 706.

All this week students were introduced to Art rules, classroom procedures, and having a growth mindset in art or “Thinking like an Artist.”  The students watched a video to help inspire them to learn and accept mistakes and to preserve.

Kindergarten: We read a story called It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr.todd parr We discussed the various shapes in the art work.  We did a shape hunt and the students were given a short introduction about how artists use shapes in art pieces to covey meaning.  The students created a self-portrait inspired by the art work of Parr.  They used a black marker for the outline and colored with Play Color Sticks.

Mrs. Gersten’ class: The art this week was inspired by the artwork of Eric Carle.  We read the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

caterpillar We discussed how shapes were used to create many of drawings in the story. The students drew circles and ovals for the body of the caterpillar. Students used black marker and crayons for this art piece.

First Grade: The first graders learned about the abstract artwork of Pablo Picasso.  We started the lesson by “reading” the art titled, The Weeping Woman. We discussed the elements that made it abstract and the meaning of the art piece. The students also learned about Picasso’s trademark of breaking up the face and body into different planes.

weeping.png The students created an abstract self-portrait using black markers, Play Color sticks, and crayons.

Second grade and Mr. Thomas’ class: Our focus for art this week was one of the “Elements of Art”, space.  We looked at various art pieces demonstrating how artists use the technique of overlapping.  The students created a self-portrait collage  inspired by the story, The Hello Good-bye Window by: Norton Juster.  They had to use the overlapping technique to create their hands and the illusion that they were inside a window. Mirrors were provided to the students to help them with their collage.

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Third grade: The 3rd graders began their lesson with an text about Cubism.  We focused on the artwork of Pablo Picasso.  Students created an abstract self-portrait inspired the  Cubist art movement.  The students used construction paper and brand NEW construction paper crayons! Pictures will be posted next week.

Fourth Grade: For this lesson, the students read the art by: Edvard Munch called, The Scream.

scream We focused on Munch’s use of lines to express mood and movement. The students incorporated this Element of Art into their art work by making a self-portrait inspired by this art piece.

Fifth Grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class:  For our very first art lesson in 5th grade, the students were introduced to the artwork of Elizabeth Catlett titled, The Sharecropper. This artwork demonstrated value through the use of hatching and cross-hatching.

sharecropper  For their art project, the students first masked their name on a white construction paper with tape.  We called this the Positive Space.  Then for the background, or Negative Space, the students used watercolor pencils and drew various lines.  They used various techniques to demonstrate value, such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, scrumbling, and blending.

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Sixth Grade: The first 6th grade lesson of the year was inspired by Islamic art.  The students watched a video explaining the math involved to create symmetrical patterns found in Islamic Artwork. The students will be creating a kaleidoscope view of their name.  The art must demonstrate radial symmetry.  Pictures will be posted next week.

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