Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Starry Night

More Van Gogh......

It is so much fun to break out the white chalk and draw Starry Night on the soap stone tables in the art room.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Starry Night

The First grade artists are studying Vincent Van Gogh. They created "copies" of the famous painting Starry Night with tempera and oil pastels. When they move onto second grade they will create an "in the style of" Van Gogh painting, but it will be of a different weather pattern and different time of day. Such as windy morning, foggy dusk..you get the picture. However, please enjoy these wonderful "Starry Nights". Van Gogh would be proud. We also read a few van gogh books too.

Please visit the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam:

Happy Chinese New Year

This book has incredible prints!

This book is great too. It tells a fun story and teaches the Chinese characters.

The second grade artists have been studying China, dragons and the Chinese New Year. They have been drawing dragons and practicing Chinese calligraphy. We also read two great books. Legend of the Chinese Dragon and The Pet Dragon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The kindergarten artists are finishing their abstract artworks. The young artists studied two abstract artists; Paul Klee and Hans Hoffman. Here is some of the work. Enjoy!
Paul Klee

Shamrock Artist

Shamrock Artist

Shamrock Artist

Lincoln Lincoln I've been thinkin'....

Here are the starts.... Pop art Abe
Giant Penny

This artist wants to mount the drawing on another paper and have the quote in-between.

On canvas

This artist is on a roll. Ha.

The fourth grade artists have started to design their work for the Lincoln Classroom. The Lincoln Classroom will be a Gallery in the school which will hold the artwork and will be open for other classes to come in and enjoy. The artist's only requirements were that the image had to look like Abe and have a quote by him somewhere on the artwork. Check out these starts.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Third Grade Orinthology

The third grade ornithologists are studying fellow bird lover James Audubon. We will be creating some bird paintings after we finish our studies of birds. But in the mean time I suggest you check out these great links:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hans on with kindergarten

Hans Hofmann was one of the most important art teachers in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s, the years when the artistic center of the world shifted from Europe to America. We can see his theories of abstraction in the works of younger artists Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Hofmann’s students included painters Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers, and the kindergarten artists of Shamrock Springs.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Greek Coins and the Classical Order

Here are some of the drawings of the Classical Order the third grade artists made. We studied how the buildings that we see everyday are influenced by the ancient Greeks.

These are some of the coins the artists made. They learned how to make a stamp (out of ceramic clay) for their coin and realised that you have work your image in reverse.


The third grade artists studied Greek art. They learned the difference between an amphora, kylix, krater and a hydria. They learned about styles and motifs used on the vases. They also learned about Greek social systems. The artists made coins for their own polis (city). The artists then learned about the classical order and later told me that they now impress their family and friends with their mad column identifying skills.