Thursday, March 31, 2011

Greek Art

Each year the students learn all about Greek vases, the classical order and the impact that ancient Greece has on our society- We make ceramic stamps to punch out Greek coins and decorate "black figure vases". But the favorite part is creating a portrait of a Greek God, Goddess or monster in 2011.  The third grade comes up with some fantastic ideas - here are just a few examples:

 Hades, unfinished
 Medusa, at the beach
 Zeus, playing for the Cubs (they could use him)
 Cyclops family
                                                                 A Harpie on Idol

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kindergarten Self Portraits

The kindergarten artists looked at a lot of examples of self portraits.  We discussed proportion, shape and color. We talked about  how our heads are ovals not circles, our eyes are football shaped, not circles, we learned that we have irises and pupils.  The kinder artists made collages on paper that we printed earlier with found objects.  I love the hats, jewelry, hair and mustaches in the work!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Collaborative weaving

The second grade artists are collaborating when they have free time.  They are weaving with found objects.  We looked at the art of a couple artists that weave with uncommon goods.  I can't wait till the pieces are finished.

Student work

Dixon Stetler

Elizabeth Morristte

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Even More Book Projects

The book projects are still nearing completion. I am amazed at the students variety of creations.

Flower Ring
Anna's fashionable feathered hat
A trio if dogs a la  Paste:
A crown
High seas collage
The jewelry collection
Alli's doll
This artwork is an homage to the artist's grandmother who had bug collections.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

More Paper Art

As the fourth grade artists finish up their work I was amazed at the artwork they created. Some of the work I never got a chance to see until they were finished, those students took the reins and worked independently. Other students needed technical direction on building, materials, and assembling. I manned the hot glue gun for anyone who needed it. This was such a fun project with exciting results. Everyone of the fourth grade artists created something really great.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Space, the Final Frontier

Art teacher's log, star date: March 3, 2011
The first grade artists finished their space pictures, each step of the way they were amazed at what they created: Cool looking planets with pastels, deep dark flat space with black tempera that really made the planets pop out, super neat space crafts, and the piece de resistance- GLITTER STARS!!!
This is the one day a year I bust out the glitter and it is an all out celebration.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More Book Art


 People Collage

 The Capitol

 Mr. Owl



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

They are finally getting finished

The fourth grade artists latest assignment was that they were presented  with a medium and the artists had to think up an idea and create it.  The medium I presented was books (great old books that were donated from a local library and parent donations). The students had to sketch, present and create their idea.  We looked at many resources including blogs, artworks and museum shows to inspire us.  There are so many great sights for book and paper art. There even is a great show on-line from the Museum of Art and Design.


But one of our biggest resources was from the author and artist Jason Thompson and his book:

Playing with Books:  The Art of Upcycling,
 Deconstructin and Reimaginig the Book


The students work has been fantastic!


 London Sights

 Winged Book

 Radial Design using an old CD and magazines

 Watch out for the tornado! 

 Wolf head

 Spaghetti and Meatballs

Word Bird

Please keep checking back for more work. I will post it as it gets finished.