Friday, December 18, 2009

Festival of Trees

Early in December, four of our 5th grade students had Holiday Card Designs on exhibit at the Festival of Trees, which is a fundraiser for the Brenner Children's Hospital.

Congratulations to Emily, Jamie, John, and Maria for their hard work and participation in this show. Their designs show how they integrated the knowledge they learned about drawing with pen and ink in order to show details and dimensions through hatching, crosshatching and stippling.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More 3rd Grade Paper Sculptures

Check out the fun we are having learning about two-dimensional versus three-dimensional art and using tempera paint and markers as we use art elements in our compositions!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

3rd Grade Paper Sculptures

Students used tempera paint and created non-objective designs with a variety of colors, lines, and shapes. They also added another non-objective design on the back of their painting by using markers. They moved from 2-D, two-dimensional art, to 3-D, three-dimensional art, by cutting, folding, and attaching pieces of the paper to create an abstract sculpture.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What's Happening?

Kindergarten: Students in kindergarten are currently making connections with the season of fall/autumn. They are drawing shapes of leaves, with crayons, and creating a composition by overlapping leaves of fall colors. They will finished their project by painting watercolor paint over the crayon to achieve a crayon resist technique.

First Grade: In first grade, students are exploring portraiture and discussing how portraiture has changed over time by using painting, drawing, and camera techniques. Students are studying proportions of the face, sketching with chalk, and finishing portraits with tempera paint.

Second Grade: Second graders are finishing a tempera painting with a pumpkin as their subject. They review organic shapes and made connections with the current autumn season as well as holidays and celebrations of the United States. Students will finish this project with a formal critique of their work.

Third Grade: Third graders are also studying portraiture. They are beginning to explore oil pastels and their characteristics. They will add color and detail to their portraits by mixing colors and using pastel drawing techniques.

Fourth Grade: Fourth graders are starting a unit in connection with their Social Studies curriculum. They are researching cities in North Carolina in Media/Technology class and will use what they learn to create a cut-paper composition of their city. They will explore architects of the city and use information about specific buildings in the city to add distinguishing details to their city's silhouette and skyline. They may choose to use tissue paper to lay over colors to create the affect of fading colors in the distance. They will add some textures and details in the foreground with markers.

Fifth Grade: Students in fifth grade are beginning a unit with biomes. They are studying biomes in Science and researching images of biomes in Media/Technology class. They must use what they learned to create their own pastel drawing of a biome or ecosystem. To help students focus their project, they are using a "raft," which is an outline or graphic organizer that presents students with a choice of three roles: famous artist, travel agent, and animal. They must draw from the perspective of their role, for a particular audience, and satisfy a topic that relates to their role.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dixie Classic Fair

The Dixie Classic Fair Exhibit was a Huge Success!

Congratulations to the School Winners:

Marlen, 4th Grade:
1st Place

Dianah, 5th Grade: 2nd Place

Lesli, 2nd Grade:
3rd Place

Monday, October 12, 2009

Congratulations to the following students who had artwork in the Dixie Classic Fair School Art Exhibit:

Luis R
Sofia R
Chance L
Juan Diego M

First Grade
Josiah H
Nellye S
Larry C
Javier L
Latoya W

Second Grade
Daniel S
Domitila T
Alan G
De’Shayla J
Jennifer S
Lesli C

Third Grade
Dillon A
Alan M
Michelle D
Omar J
Carmen T
Damarys D

Fourth Grade
Marlen T

Fifth Grade
Dianah Bl
Jasmin M
Maricruz C
Elizabeth B
Sierra P

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cubism in the 5th Grade Studio

Fifth grade students, inspired by the works of Roy Lichtenstein, are creating their own interpretation of Cubism. Check out their work in progress.

First Grade Flowers

First graders have been busy exploring the differences between geometric and organic shapes. They are learning basic painting techniques and painting with tempera paint. In the photos, you can see students adding finishing details, such as texture and leaves.

2nd Graders in Progress

Second grade students recently finished a unit on printing or printmaking. They discussed patterns and repetition in art work. They became more familiar with printing techniques and began to look at color schemes, particularly thinking about complimentary colors.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Artists are in Action

Specials officially began this week. We spent 2 weeks reviewing procedures, expecations, and rules, which really is a short time since each class comes to art only once each week. This week, all classes are working on projects for several big art exhibits to come.

K: Kindergarten is working with lines and geometric shapes to create patterns on a grid they create from folding paper.

1: First grade began paintings of large flowers and will reflect on the work of Georgia O'Keeffe.

2: Second grade is exploring printing and printmaking. They are working with a toned ground, (colored paper,) and printing with gadgets or found objects to create designs, visual textures, and repetition in pattern in rhythm.

3: Third grade students are discussing three-dimensional and two-dimensional art. They are painting a non-objective piece to then cut and fold to create a relief sculpture. They are also studying work by Frank Stella.

4: Fourth graders are making some science connections with trees. They are studying the parts of a tree from information found at forestry websites and will observe a graphic organizer that breaks down the parts of a tree. Fourth grade students are also viewing a powerpoint of different trees, some from realistic photographers and others from paintings by traditional, famous artists as well as contemporary artists. Students will do their own interpretational painting of a tree.

5: Fifth graders are exploring the world of Cubism. They are studying the work of Roy Lichtenstein as well as other cubist artists such as Picasso. Students are working on creating their own drawings in the Cubist style. They will draw 2 similar drawings and cut one in geometric shapes to paste on top of the other drawing in a Cubist manner.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

...And We're Back...

Students have returned and everyone is getting back in the swing of a regular daily schedule.

This week in Art, I am traveling around to the different classrooms, instead of having students visit the art studio, to discuss expectations, rules, and procedures to follow once students officially begin 'specials.' Students are excited to make suggestions for rules for the entire school to follow in the art room as well as to learn more about this year's incentive plan. (Each class will earn a crayon to add to their crayon box for good behavior and hard work . Twenty-five crayons earn a celebration day in art. Each student has a chance to earn a treasure box key each art class. Ten treasure box keys, earned for excellent work and behavior, will open the treasure box for prizes.)

Visit our blog again for comments and art examples by the students.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Extra Extra Read All About It

Tuesday, August 25, Art Students from all over the neighborhood will return to the Art Studio for a Year of Learning and Excitement while exploring art media and creating masterpieces for exhibition.

Stay tuned for more information.