The kindergartners enjoyed adding fun and creative designs to their cat heads to make them look a little abstract. When we make something abstract, it is not realistic like what a real cat would look like.
1st graders have enjoyed learning about Australia and their unique dot painting. We looked at different aboriginal cave paintings and how that developed into the dot paintings. Students practiced with symbols and dots and now are creating a large dot painting using their hand and other symbols. The more dots, the better!
In second grade art we have been focusing on how music can inspire us to be creative. Students listened to classical music and painted in the style of Wassily Kandinsky.
We also learned about the artist Stuart Davis and his paintings with layers of color and shapes. Students cut out colored paper and layered it to make their own collage. We also listened to jazz music when creating this artwork.
We have been learning about art made by different groups of people. Art can reflect (show) and preserve (keep) culture. We learned about Indonesia and students drew on cloth with crayons to make a batik design. We placed the cloth in a dye bath to give it color. Students created a pattern or nature design on the cloth.
We recently learned about the Kuna Indian people and their mola cloth designs. Many women create these for clothing and blankets. This type of art has many layers of colored cloth. We created something similar with felt and animal images.
We learned about India and the special Indian elephants. Students built an elephant body by using 2 pinch pots. Then we added flat circle pieces of clay for the head and ears. We rolled the clay into 4 short coils to make the legs. After that, students added other fun detail to make the elephants unique and special. We will be painting the elephants this week!
5th graders are glazing their clay face mugs. We are excited to see what the color will look like once they are fired in the kiln!
5th grade students are thinking about how we as artists can create art that represents who we are. We started by creating a clay symbol that represents how we feel about this 5th grade year.
Then we looked at some famous artists and their self-portraits. Students noticed that this is how people did 'selfies' in the old days. These self-portraits represent who the artist is and their style of art. Students got to practice drawing a portrait and learned how to draw with the correct proportions.
Now we are working with clay to make a fun face mug that represents who we are. Students just started making a pinch pot and adding a coil to make it taller.
4th graders learned about how Asian artists use ink and water to create some of their beautiful landscape paintings. Students practiced with the ink and then created their own landscape inspired by images of Asian ink painting. We worked on showing different values of ink--darker ink in the foreground and lighter ink in the background.
3rd graders are learning how art can reflect (show) and preserve (keep) culture. The 1st culture we learned about is Mexican culture. We looked at some images and symbols that represent Mexico. Students drew some designs with Mexican symbols and then pushed the design into a metal piece. This is called metal-tooling. Students used bright colors to color in some of the symbols and parts of the design.
2nd graders are learning how we can print in different ways. Students drew and pushed a design into a piece of foam to make a relief print. The parts that are pushed in stay white, and the other parts have the ink color rolled on them. Prints are fun because we can make many of the same design.
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