Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kindergarten Matisse Collages

The Kindergarteners and I had a fun time discussing the Goldfish painting of Henri Matisse.

To learn more about Henri Matisse and this painting, check out this fun video by clicking here.

For the room, they started out by creating a "Y" and adding patterns with oil pastels then using watercolors to fill in each section with color.  Next, we created a cylinder for the gold fish (also with oil pastels) and painted the water inside.  We also added salt to create "bubbles" in the water.

Next, we discussed the difference between organic and geometric shapes.  We cut out organic shaped green leaves.  We discussed placement and how to use overlapping when creating a collage.  After making our tables, we added the fish bowl and then put the leaves behind it.  Pretty cool!

3rd grade coil pots

Another year, another hit with the third graders (and with me!).  The students learned (mainly reviewed) clay properties, history and techniques.  Next, they made a pinch pot.  After learning about coil vessels, discussing the difference between functional and decorative art, and viewing coil vessels made by professional artists, they were ready to begin!

I encouraged them to try out a variety of coiling techniques.  These are not terms I've seen in a book, but I teach and demonstrate the snail coil, the square snail coil, the zig-zag coil, the bunny ears coil and the additive coil.  I they are pretty self-explanatory if you look at their amazing works.

We glazed the pots next.

The third graders did an awesome job on the construction.  This is the first year not ONE of the pots had anything fall off during the firing process.  Nice scoring, slipping and smoothing!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today's Google Doodle

Happy birthday Wassily Kandinsky.  We love discussing the elements of art and principles of design with you.  Thank you for all of your art!