April Art Updates

Mrs. Gersten’s class: This first project was inspired by the Printmaking Artwork of Andy Warhol.  The students used various objects to paint with (card board, foil, popsicle sticks, etc.) Then they cut out flowers from construction paper.

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The next project, we studied the life and career of famous Impressionist artist, Claude Monet.  Students created their own water lily pond using oil pastels and watercolors. We focused on line and color.

Kindergarten: This month the students completed their family portraits on a tissue background.

The next project is a collage piece.   Students viewed several Guitar art pieces by Pablo Picasso.  Using magazines, construction paper,  and music sheets, students created a paper collage.  Pictures will be posted on the next blogpost.

 Mr. Thomas’ class and Mrs. Gersten’s class: For this project, students learned about the art of Quilting.  We discussed how some quilts are passed down family generations and how some tell a story.  Students designed a felt square with fabric.  The pieces will be pieced together to create a class quilt. Mrs. Gersten’s class used paper cut outs instead of fabric.

First grade and Mr. Thomas’ class: These classes looked at the art work of Quilt Maker Helene Knotts and her Garden Patch Cat series.  Students designed their own Garden Patch Cat.  The cats had to be a fruit or a vegetable. The media used for this project were oil pastels, chalk, permanent marker, and magazines.

Second Grade: The students studied the Japanese Holiday, Children’s Day.  The holiday is commemorated with Koinobori Wind Socks.  The students created a symmetrical Koinobori Wind sock with construction paper and water based markers.  They included Japanese inspired features to their koi (large, eye, scalloped lines/shapes, layers, scales, etc)

Third Grade and Mr. Thomas’ class: For this next art project, we traveled to India.  We learned about the traditional Indian Dhurrie Rug.  Dhurrie rugs have intricate designs, are colorful, and are woven on a loom. Using recycled materials (recycled cardstock, oil pastel scrap pieces, donated yarn, and  scrap paper) students designed their own Dhurrie Rug.

Fourth Grade:  The 4th graders are making these colorful self-portraits as a backdrop for the 4th grade show.  The portraits include 5 words that describe themselves for example: their likes, their hobbies, their talents, etc.  The media used for this project were permanent marker, oil pastels, and watercolor paints.

Fifth grade: The fifth graders have been working diligently on this Tessellation Project.  The students viewed artwork by famous tessellation artist, M.C. Esher.  Students then created their own tessellation design.  This project will probably be completed in 2 more art sessions.

Sixth Grade: The last 6th grade project of this year, is the cardboard animal project.  The students learned about African Rock Art and the significant meanings of animals in these early civilizations.  Students selected an African Animal to design on cardboard.  The objective is to create a raised animal head with cardboard, oil pastels, and chalk pastels.

Mrs.Simmons’Class: The 2 projects created this quarter were inspired by printmaking.  The students learned about the Pop Art of Andy Warhol.  Warhol used silk screening  to create his prints.  Students designed a Pop image out of Styrofoam Scratch Board.  Then they printed it with black ink and repeated the process 4-6 times.  Then they glued the prints on colored construction paper.

The 2nd project involved crayon rubbing and radial symmetry.  First, students folded the paper into fourths.  Then they designed 1 section of the paper with black crayon.  Next, they folded their paper over and used a popsicle stick to rub out the design.  Afterwards, they opened up the paper and retraced the design in black crayon. Lastly, they added color with Crayola Color Sticks.

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Chalk Walk 2019

Calling all volunteers past and present….

Please let your classroom teacher know if you are able to help in any of the following ways:

  1. Volunteers to help with gridding and drawing Wednesday, May 29th  (time: after school 3:30-4:30) (volunteer does not need to be an expert artistJ We need a basic outline of the picture and grid lines drawn.

 Day of the Event, May 30th

2. Volunteers to set up canopies (8:15-9:00)

3. Supervising volunteers (supervise and help students) At least 2 per classroom (8:30-about 2:00)

       4. Shop Vac (label with your name and child’s room number

       5. Canopy (Please bring by Tuesday, May 28th. Label with your name and child’s room number)

       6. Baby wipes

       7. Blue Painter’s tape (1 ½ “)