Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Art Cards

Congratulations 5th Graders!!!

Some of the fifth graders really took to the challenge of creating an entry for the annual City of Johns Creek holiday card.  This year, it looks like there were a bunch of deserving entries because the city decided to create two separate and special cards.  I see many of our students' artwork represented and I could not be more proud of you!

2014 holiday card collage                 2014 holiday card collage

There will be a celebration Monday evening at City Hall at 6:30.  Enlarged versions of the cards will be on display and for signing.  Treats, St. Nick, crafts and more will also be there for you to enjoy.  I hope some of you will make it out there for this celebration.

Click here to find out more about this festive Johns Creek event and to enlarge the cards.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3rd grade Printmaking

The third graders have completed their printmaking lesson.  They learned about the Augusta, GA-born artist, Jasper Johns and how he like to use common objects as the subject matter for a lot of his arts - including flags, numbers, letters, and targets.  We started out the lesson by discussing his artwork.  The students thought and chose some special numbers and letters that they had a personal connection to.  We made the collograph by using pre-made foam letters and numbers and also cutting our own large number or letter and some designs.  The one large one was for emphasis!  We discussed how we had to glue the letters and numbers on backward so they would be printed the correct way.  It was interesting to see how creative and challenging some of the students took this task.   We all tried to print at least three prints.  Some students did more!  That's the great thing about printmaking - by just making one printing plate, you can make multiples of your artwork.  Our final products were titled, signed and embellished with oil pastels.  Way to go, third graders!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Second grade clay fish

The second graders made some awesome sculptural clay fish.  We read (and watched) the super funny and cute story of the Pout Pout Fish.  Click here if you'd like to see it.

After reviewing how to make a pinch pot and how to correctly attach clay pieces (slip, score and smooth), the second graders went at it!  They added really cool and unique fins, teeth and texture.

Next, we glazed our fish with lots of fun colors.  I just love how cute and special these darling fish turned out!

First Grade Clay Turtles

I got this idea from my fabulous friends Martha and Katie.  I loved teaching this clay lesson to my eager first graders.  They were surprisingly aware of endangered animals and of turtles!  I learned some cool facts myself.

After making a pinch pot, we discussed how to add clay (slip, score and smooth).  We made long coils for them to cut into pieces for their legs (flippers), tail and head.  Some spheres were also used as heads.  Lastly, they used a bunch of different texture tools to create awesome designs on their turtles.

The glazing part was the last step before the turtles went into the kiln for the last time.  Here's the super cool animals now: