Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In the thick of printing

Today was such a great day.  My classes have been doing so well printing.  The fourth graders are printing their Victorian houses multiple times - and I mean multiple times!  The fifth graders are printing their self-portraits a minimum of three times.  They will go back and reduce their plate and print on top - so it's important to have some extras in case their next print is not stellar.  I have found it so invigorating this year to see the students really take ownership of their progress and overall artwork.  When they take their printed plate back to their seat to print, I always ask them when they come back up, "How did your last print turn out?".  And they are able to very eloquently describe how it looked and what they need to do differently this time around - add more ink, make sure to rub all around the edges.  It's like I am talking to a very mature art students.  State Bridge Bobcats, you continue to amaze me.  Here are some pictures from our printing adventures:

Fourth Grade Victorian Houses


Fifth Grade Self Portraits

The aftermath...

Fifth grade printmaking

I just love coming into my class in the mornings and seeing what treasures are on the drying rack.  This morning I felt like I got to say "Hi" to all of my Monday fifth graders again.  I saw all of their faces!  It was so funny and fun at the same time.  These are their first prints.  Because this is a reductive printmaking lesson, they still have some more to do with this lesson. 
Check out the joy I received this morning: 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cutest clay fish

The second graders' clay fish came out of the kiln looking so happy and awesome!  These just make me smile.  The second graders did such a great job glazing their fish in fun, bright colors.  They tried to use black and white on the eyes to make them pop out.  Many also added patterns and designs to their fish.  How fancy and fun!

Some of the students added a habitat for their fish.  We read the funny and cute book, The Pout Pout fish to look for inspiration about fish habitats.  If I were a fish, I think I would love to live in some of these habitats. 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

3rd grade Chihuly sculptures

The third graders are starting their sculpture lesson focusing on the artwork of world famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.  Specifically, we are focusing on his macchia forms.  I encourage all of you to check out his wonderfully in-depth website: http://www.chihuly.com/ .  You will see many of the images we looked at while discussing the FlipChart and being in awe by the short video.  (His studio did produce the short video clip).  I enjoyed this week with these students so much.  We learned about radial design and started to create our own macchias out of coffee filters using analogous colors.  Even though the art making is always so much fun, I think the students would agree that the discussion, wild comments, creative titles they came up with, and the awesome ways the students talked about their life experiences in relation to his artwork was truly a memorable day in art class.  Wow, you all make me so happy!  I can't wait to see you again and work on these some more.

Kindergarten clay beads

After we made clay fossils, we explored texture even further in Kindergarten by creating actual texture using our shoe print in the clay.  The glaze made it super shiny!  The smart little artists added a pattern on either side of the clay bead using a pattern.  Some got really elaborate with their patterns, even using a certain bead to delineate between separate patterns.  Wow, I could just feel the potential of fabulous artists while they were creating these wearable works of art.

Friday, December 7, 2012

CLAY time

We are finishing up our clay units for Kindergarten, First grade and Second grade.  What amazing creations the students have made in art class!  What great learning about the properties of clay has taken place. 
  • We know that clay comes from the ground.
  • We know that clay is a special mixture of dirt and water.
  • We know that our clay creations have to be fired in a kiln and then they become hard and change colors.
  • We know that we can choose to glaze our clay pieces next, but they must be fired again if there is glaze on them because glaze is different from paint - it needs the heat from the kiln to go through a chemical reaction.

Here are some of our creations:

Kindergarten Clay Fossils
Clay fossils in the kiln


 First Grade Pinch Pot Mugs
Pinch pots waiting to be fired

Pinch pots still hot from their firing

Pinch pot still hot after their glaze firing

Second Grade Clay Fish
three stages of clay: greenware (just made), bisque (just fired once), glazed (ready to take home)

making their clay fish

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Congratulations Artists!

Way to go, December Artists of the Month!  These fantastic students have been chosen for their superior manners, behavior, skill, talent and overall great-ness.  Keep up your creative spirit.