Thursday, October 29, 2009

Theme and Variation

The third grade artist made still life paintings this week. There were many interpretations of the subject. Enjoy

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Leader Painting

The second grade artists are doing a report on a leader of their choice in their classroom. We connected that learning to the art classroom by having them make a formal portrait of their leader. These are the starts. They will paint them in. I thought they were so great I had to post the drawings.

Thurgood Marshall

Albert Einstien

Amelia Earhart

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Where are the spiders? All over the art room!!!!

Like with many new projects, problems soon present themselves. We knew we would make the spiders body from news paper and tape covered with plaster-o-paris fabric. The legs, however, posed a whole set of problems. We have used different gauges of wire, fine chicken wire, and aluminum foil. One class even made their spider bodies from ceramic clay. There are upwards of 100 spiders in my room, most of them upside down. It looks pretty creepy.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Show Posters

Preparing for the spider art installation, the fourth grade artists had to create show posters. I had shown the student artists old B movie posters for inspiration as well as modern art show posters. These posters are to peak the interest of the rest of the school. Everyone is anxiously awaiting the infestation.

Louise Bourgeois

In preparing for their installation, the fourth grade artists learned about the french artist Louise Bourgeois. They learned that Louise used the symbol of the spider to represent her parents who were weavers. The students made connections with this work to the Dada artists they studied previously. Namely identifying the use of scale change and juxtaposition.

Spider facts

The student arachnologists in fourth had to create and post post an illustrated spider fact sheet. These fact sheets were posted around school for student and staff edification.