Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Third Grade Greek Vases

The third grade artists learned the difference between an amphora, krater, kylix and hydria. If you do not know what we are talking about just ask a third grader. The student artists looked at the designs on Greek vases then created their own 2-d designs.

More "Little Clay Houses for You and Me..."

The fourth grade artists wrapped up their architecture and design unit by creating little clay houses. The student artists created some wonderful structures. Some of the houses were in the round, some had satellite dishes and there was even a house that had a motorcycle.
Behind the clay houses you can see the section, plan and elevation drawings the students made.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kindergarten Artists Paint the Alphabet

The kindergarten artists are still working on tuning those fine motor skills and learning painting fundamentals. They created an artwork using the alphabet as design. First they created with pastels and then finished the work with tempera. I told the artists that they had to really "art-up" their creations!


Chinese Calligraphy

The second grade artists are in the middle of their Asian unit of study. The artists watch two short videos of the calligraphy artist Hiroazu Kosaka. Then they tried their hand at this ancient art.

More Wild Beasts

Here are some more works by the first grade artists inspired by the wild beasts and the book Pink Lemons?.

Red Earth?

Orange Fire Truck?!

Green Bat?!

Red Pickle?!

Monday, March 15, 2010

First Grade and the Wild Beasts

The First grade artists are studying the art group called the Fauves, known also as the Wild Beasts. The Wild Beasts broke away from traditional painting and wanted their work to express emotion through color. Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Gabrielle Munter are Wild Beasts that we studied. The first grade artists also read the book Pink Lemon by the author and illustrator Herve Tullet. He was known in France as the Prince of Preschool. Finally, the young artists had to brainstorm and think up four objects that are always the same color such as a lemon, a penguin, the street, cherries, water etc.... Then they had choose one of these objects to "wild beast". Here are the results:

Blue eggs?!

Pink lion?!

Blue monkey?!

Blue Banana?!
As you can see the first grade artists also learned about tints and shades. They used what they learned about color mixing to create these paintings. Way to go first graders!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Little Clay Houses for You and Me...

The fourth grade artists wrapped up their architecture and design unit by creating a house out of clay. The artists learned the terms armature, scoring, incising and hand building. The creations will be fired and then painted in next few weeks. The art room is the most quiet while the artists are working with the clay, more so than any other material. They are completely engaged. Here are some starts:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pocket Pictoscope

I found this neat little exercise by the way of Art is Everywhere

You can make your own pictoscope by following the directions here:

What a creative way to see!!

The collaboration

We are starting to build our Eames card houses!