Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March Madness for ART

March is Youth Art Month!  What a great reason to take the time to intentionally celebrate every moment we have to make art.  Here's a great description from a fantastic mentor and art leader, Debi West:

In 1961, the Council for Art Education designated March as “Children’s Art Month.”  In 1969, the even grew to include older students as well.  And thus, Youth Art Month was born. 
YAM, as it’s commonly known, is held each March.  Every child has the right to learn to create and think critically through a comprehensive art education program. When the arts are supported by the public, students are the ultimate winners!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Still life a la Paul Cezanne

These fantastic still lifes were created by our first grade artists.  I haven't taught this lesson in a really long time and I was conflicted over how I wanted to product to look when complete.  So, I did them both ways!  Two classes created stencils, made their composition, and finished them up with paint, adding patterns to the table and the wall.  Two classes created their stencils, made fruit on separate papers using their stencils and oil pastels, created a symmetrical bowl using funky paper, put their composition together, then added crayon resists to create the wallpaper and the table. 

The first two classes loved using paint on the large painting.  These last two classes got the added benefit of teaching (reviewing in many cases) symmetry and collage.  The last two classes took an extra day, but that worked extremely well because the days were all mixed up due to many unforeseen weather days and a foreseen school holiday. 

All of the first graders learned about Paul Cezanne, compared and contrasted his artwork (portraits, landscapes and still lifes) and delved deeper in to analyzing his fruit still lifes. 

What do you think? 


Check out these highlights!  All on his own!

Kindergarten Stripes

After reading and discussing A Bad Case of Stripes, written and illustrated by David Shannon, we learned how to draw a self-portrait.  I showed lots of different ways to make facial features and I always love to see how and why students choose what they do.  Next, we painted over our face with stripes, just like Camilla got when she was not being her true self.  Finally, the students cut out their self-portraits and glued them to a darker paper.  They added more personal symbols, favorite lines, and beloved shapes to be as true to themselves as possible.  Always a great reminder and a wonderful moral to a story!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What are we working on?

It feels good to be back and I feel like I've gotten back into the swing of things.  Here's what's going on in the art room this week:

Self-portraits relating to A Bad Case of Stripes

First Grade
Still life with fruit, inspired by Paul Cezanne

Second Grade
Finished up their landscapes.  Starting to work on their Gyotaku printmaking lesson.

Third Grade
Finished their Scream portraits.  Starting to learn about and work on their Howard Finster-inspired self-portraits.

Fourth Grade
Completed their radial design printmaking lesson.  Started working on their one-point perspective aquarium art.

Fifth Grade
Finished up their reductive printmaking self-portraits.  Started learning about the history of Face Jugs (or Ugly Jugs) and reinforcing the value as an element of art.