Wednesday, January 30, 2013

1st grade...It's a SPIDER!

Don't worry, it's just our friend Anansi!  The first graders here at State Bridge are in the process of finishing up their printing artwork based on the story of the fun loving Anansi the Spider.  They used their knowledge of geometric shapes and symmetry to create spiders inspired by Anansi and his sons.  If you are not familiar with this awesome folktale, you can have it read to you here:  Can you guess which spiders inspired these amazing artworks?  Spectacular work, super first graders!

 this spider is wearing a dress!

can you tell where he is?

K Paper Quilts

The Kindergarteners learned about the history of quilts for this lesson on symmetry and shapes.  We discussed how a quilt can be hung up and used as a work of art or it can be a blanket and used for warmth.  A quilt usually has more than one layer (usually three) and we compared it to a hamburger!  The top layer is what is decorated.  The Kindergarteners did a great job placing a shape, letter or line in the same space in each quilt square.  We discussed symmetry and their world was opened to new symmetrical things!  Check out these amazing paper quilts!

2nd grade Impressionist Monoprints

The second graders finished their beautiful monoprints this week.  It was rather appropriate weather.  Yesterday is was quite unseasonable warm - 70 degrees in January!  Today we've had horrific storms.  The French Impressionist painters would have loved the sunny and warm weather yesterday, taking advantage of the break from the cold while painting outside.  And the rain today seems fitting because some of the Impressionist works have a blurry look.  What do you think?  Without question, I think the second graders did an amazing job printing, mounting and titling their work.  Volia!

Oh stuff with MY artwork on it!

Dear Parents,
     We are so excited, here in the art room, about our upcoming Original Works program.  More information can be found on the right tab at the top of this blog.  The Original Work's official website is: There you will be able to find tons of information about the merchandise that could be yours with your student's artwork on it!  What a cool opportunity!
     At this point all the students at State Bridge Crossing have had the chance to pick out the artwork they would like to be made into a magnet.  The next step is for the magnets and information to arrive home with your student.  This will happen around Tuesday, March 12th.  I'll keep you posted on the exact timings, what to expect, and reminders about when orders are due here on the blog.
     Thank you all for having amazing students who have created gorgeous artwork this year.  I hope you enjoy looking at their artwork just as much as I do!  Remember, if you have any questions you may email me directly.  We also have two Original Works coordinators who are handling the program this year and I know this school is in wonderful hands. 

Creatively yours,
Mrs. Allison Elder

Friday, January 25, 2013

4th grade foil figures

The fourth graders are starting to transform their 2D gesture drawings into 3D foil figures.  Here's some of them just hanging out in the art room.

2nd grade Impressionist Monoprint

The second graders learned about the history of Impressionism.  The artists who created this style used lots of light - often even painting outside.  They also used small brushstrokes right on top of each other that created new colors.  We had fun picking an object to draw that the Impressionist would have see 200 years ago.  Next, we created a singular print - a monoprint - using water!  How cool!  The effects were very Impressionistic!  Great job, sweet second graders.