KINDERGARTEN

CUT PAPER SUNFLOWERS - VINCENT VAN GOGH

MARCH, 2018

Kindergarten learned to cut and do without patterns while making sunflowers. Students were shown sunflower paintings by Vincent Van Gogh as well as artificial sunflowers brought from home. We identified the geometric shapes found in the head of a sunflower (circle and triangle). I demonstrated how to cut a circle from a square by cutting off the corners. They were then shown how to cut triangles from a square by cutting a line from one point to another. Students then cut a large circle and many small triangles from yellow construction paper. The small triangles were glued around the edge of the circle and the resulting sunflower was glued to red construction paper. A stem was drawn with a green marker resulting in the children seeing that the green marker changed the red paper brown. Of course, they didn’t like the looks of that! They weren’t supposed to of course. So we took a green oil pastel and they colored the stems over the brown. We talked about why the oil pastel worked but the marker didn’t on the red paper. Using their “painting finger” our little artists then were delighted to dab dots of yellow and red tempera paint (two primary colors) over the entire center of the circle resulting in the secondary color orange.

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Katelyn Gunter
Sgraffito Greek Vases

 Sgraffito Greek Vases

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In conjunction with their Ancient Civilizations studies, Sixth Graders created sgraffito Greek Vases. They designed a flat symmetrical vase form with patterns and images indicative of the era they studied. Students worked with positive shapes and negative space while using the sgraffito technique. This involved scratching away a surface layer of black paint to expose the orange or terracotta layer of crayon underneath to decorate the flat paper vase forms.

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Katelyn Gunter
Fourth Grade Cityscapes

Fourth Grade Cityscapes

 

Fourth Graders recently talked about architecture and designing buildings. Examples of different types of architecture were shared with students in the Fourth Grade Classroom and Art Room.  A lively discussion of what made the buildings unique or interesting ensued. Students had several of their own ideas for some interesting building shapes, among which were The Alamo and the San Jacinto Monument! We talked about the difference in a landscape and a cityscape, and how we could make an interesting cityscape at night, reflections and all. Gorgeous, original multimedia cityscapes were created by all of our talented fourth graders. Beautiful work, fourth grade!

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Katelyn Gunter
January 8, 2018

Fifth Graders combined art, social studies, writing, and technology in the creation of this work of art.  The students first used colored tissue paper to collage a bottle.  They designed the first and last name of their explorer, chose one of his voyages to illustrate, and researched facts on the computer.  Along with their explorer report, students were responsible for compiling their technology research elements.  Using a picture of their explorer as a reference, students drew portraits showing how values can be created with drawing pencils.  This portrait and the names were collaged to the bottle. Fifth Graders then glued their typed reports to a colored piece of construction paper, rolled it up, and put it into the finished bottle.  Instead of tossing them into the sea, the projects were then ready to share.

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Sixth Grade began Explorers in a Bottle, a great unit using design skills and portraiture that we do in conjunction with Fifth Grade's Social Studies Class.  Sixth Grade has had a ball experiencing gesture drawing!  Each student poses as the rest of the class attempt to quickly lay in the action, form, and pose of the model.  Basically, it is a method of training hands to sketch what the brain has already seen.  Staying "focused" means sustained concentration.  They may take as long as two or three minutes, or as short as five seconds, depending on what the focus of the exercise is.  The fast pace of gesture poses help an artist "loosen up" to avoid a stiff drawing style.  Ask them to do one of you!

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Sunny Wright
Beginning another great, artistic year

What another wonderful beginning in ART! Kindergarten has already learned that they can draw anything if they use the five basic elements of shape: the dot and circle family; the straight line family; the curved line family; and the angle line family. As our yearly tradition of student drawn sunglasses finish up, we ready ourselves for them to be the first displayed art in the cafeteria (otherwise known as “The Louvre”). Soon the walls will have some amazing art pieces by our student artists! We have begun the year with reviewing the seven Elements of Art: Line, Color, Shape, Form, Texture, Space, and Value. These are what give us our art, along with imagination!

First Grade, using different designs and patterns, along with the five basic elements of shape, drew the hippest hippos! They are about to start drawing and painting trees to grace our cafeteria walls! Second Grade has been experimenting with different types of lines and the dot and circle family. They have created abstract art by listening and following verbal directions. What colorful and original art flowed from them as they honed their listening skills! They will soon be learning about artist Miro and how to do his overlapped abstraction art. The Third Graders have been reviewing and practicing the use of symmetry in art. They are using their paper cutting and designing skills to produce wonderful stained glass (actually paper) kites to hang in their room.

Middle School has also been hard at work reviewing all of the elements of art. Fourth Graders learned about famous cathedrals using Gothic architecture. Emulating the radial balanced design of the Rose Window, students made their own stained glass (paper) version. These will be gracing the windows in the cafeteria year round. This is almost a right of passage for fourth grade artists each year and a lovely tradition.

Fifth Grade has enjoyed experiencing contour drawing and blind contour drawing. A difficult but rewarding experience, blind contour drawing is done by keeping your eyes on the subject and drawing it without looking at your paper (much). They are about to begin Explorers in a Bottle, a great unit using design skills and portraiture that we do in conjunction with Fifth Grade’s Social Studies Class.

Sixth Grade has had a ball experiencing gesture drawing! Each student poses as the rest of the class attempts to quickly lay in the action, form, and pose of the model. Basically, it is a method of training hands to sketch what the brain has already seen. Staying “focused” means sustained concentration. They may take as long as two or three minutes, or as short as five seconds, depending on what the focus of the exercise is. The fast pace of gesture poses help an artist “loosen up” to avoid a stiff drawing style. Ask them to do one of you!

savannah jarratt