Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tigerland Welcomes a Visiting Artist

For the next 2 weeks, Beamer Aston, local artist, is visiting the Art Studio to work with students on a mural for the new school building to open next year. Students are painting with acrylic paint on canvas in an abstract or even non-objective style with flowing lines and overlapping designs.

Views of the Mural in Progress

For more on the work of Beamer Aston, visit:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Recent Art Activities: Spring Musical Decorations

On Tuesday, April 20, the Arts Team presented an original musical, "Everyone has a Place." The show included 1st, 3rd, and 4th graders and reflected on spring time and diversity. The bees, birds, and flowers learned to appreciate the slug, earthworm, and fly.

Most art classes, 2nd through 5th grade, helped with scenery and decorations, including 2 banners.

Monday, April 19, 2010

On-going Projects

Kindergarten: These students are finishing up a project in which they created a 3-dimensional fish using paper and yarn. They created texture and fish scales through patterns and shapes. Kindergarteners have also been working on a clay project as they manipulated a slab of clay to create texture.

First Grade: Students are working on an abstract cactus. They painted it with watercolor paint, added patterns for an abstract effect, and are finishing it off with paper triangles as the cactus needles.

Second Grade: Second graders just created a non-objective background using white paint and chalk pastels. They drew a lizard to add to the background, which was also decorated with chalk pastels. Finally, they attached the lizard to their background by gluing cardboard under the lizard to give the appearance of dimension.

Third Grade: These students have studied Park Guell and Antoni Gaudi in Spain. This park is decorated with mosaics by Gaudi. They are currently working on paper mosaics.

Fourth Grade: Students finished up a paper, quilt square. They are moving on to study Gustav Klimt and paint a patchwork quilt with watercolor paint.

Fifth Grade: Fifth graders are studying Canadian Animals and are drawing their own example of an abstract Canadian animal by reflecting on Native and Traditional Canadian Art.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Art Studio Incentives

In the beginning of the year, each class helps me make a list of rules and expectations for the artroom. They are also involved in reviewing expectations about their work, behavior, cooperation, and attitude in the classroom, related to the "CHAMPS" model. Once the guidelines are set, classes that follow the guidelines earn a Crayon Award each time they come to art. They save the awards on their Crayon Box Poster. When a class earns 25 awards, they celebrate. Ms. Green's 2nd grade class was the first class to earn 25 crayon awards.

On Wednesday, April 14, Ms. Green's 2nd grade class celebrated their hard work and good behavior with refreshments and a game of Win-Lose-or-Draw.