Friday, October 14, 2011

Amazing Jukebox

Last Spring for our musical, I presented a challenge to one of the best artists I have ever met, Analese, a fifth grader at the time. I asked her to create the Jukebox for the school music program....and this is what she came up with. She had some help from her BFF, Nya. It is my favorite thing ever. I am pretty sure Mrs. Rochelle was very pleased.

Our Super Awesome TILE WALL!!!!

Ya!!! Our first tile wall was a success! I love seeing this permanent piece installed on the wall of our school. Thanks so much to parents and students who supported this project! Hopefully we can make it grow even more in the future!

Summer Art Lessons

I wanted to share a few paintings some students made during Summer art lessons. It was awesome to work with these students one on one and to see their love of art flourish!
Shelby painted the hummingbirds and drew the picture of her dog, she is a 6th grader.
Alex painted and drew the toucan, she is a third grader.

Sami painted the Panda bears on canvas, she is a first grader.

First Grade Robots

These are similiar to our rainbow robots, but instead of focusing on Rainbow colors, we focused on creating a pattern in the background. Students viewed the work of Nam June Paik and used his robots to inspire their drawings.

Third Grade Aboriginal Bark Paintings

Students in third grade viewed and discussed Artwork by the Aboriginal people of Australia. We used their work to inspire our bark paintings. To begin with, thanks to Harris Teeter for donating the bags for this project! We used brown grocery bags and tore around the edges to get an organic shape. We then chose an animal to feature in the center of the "bark". Students chose 4 aboriginal symbols to add to their picture, trying to tell a short story with the symbols. We then completed these by adding repeated paths of dots in a variety of colors around the designs. I am truly wowed by how awesome these turned out! Great work third grade!

2nd Grade Aboriginal Hands

Second Grade artists viewed and discussed the work of Aboriginal Artists in Australia. Students cut and glued three hands to black paper and added interesting line designs and Aboriginal symbols to the hands. The second week student began to make repeated paths of paint dots to recreate an aboriginal painting. This was my first time teaching this lesson, it developed over the weeks, but will be much better the next time I teach it! I love the colors of paint on the black paper, but would like to change the way the students design their hands in the future.

Kindergarten The Dot

In Kindergarten art, we are exploring different ways to add paint to our pictures. On day one of this project, students trace 6 different size "dots" on their paper and practice drawing a different line design in each. Students learn how to paint with their paintbrushes and paint with 6 different colors. The following week we read the story, "The Dot", and connect with the idea that Vashti could make all different dots with lots of different colors. Student then stamp dots of a variety of sizes to their painting with found objects. We use sticks, cups, toilet paper rolls, wooden blocks and marker caps. Student loved being able to use different things to create art that we wouldn't normally use! These are one of my favorite Kinder projects! They are so fun and expressive, all with DOTS!

5th Radial Names

In fifth grade we viewed and discussed the characteristics of stained glass windows, focusing on the Rose Window of the Notre Dame Cathedral in France. We noticed that the panes of glass repeated over and over again. We drew our names and then used tracing paper to make a mirror reflection. We repeated this over and over again, using the tracing paper to help transfer the name. Students then chose colors that would repeat in a circle. As they continue to add color, their name is less noticeable. Can you figure out who these great artists are?

Fourth Grade Pop Up Symmetry

Fourth Graders created symmetry in their work by repeating colors of folded paper and creating a pattern that repeats in each corner. Students are always impressed with the pop out quality to this lesson. I usually add a math connection by having students estimate how many post its they think it will take to complete their project. They all write the number on the back before they begin. At the end we check to see who was the closest.

First Grade Cityscapes

First grade students used a variety of Geometric shapes to "build" their drawn city. Most was colored with crayon and paint added to the background.