Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Kindergarten and First Grade Miro Creatures

This lesson was inspired by the artist, Joan Miro, and his wonderfully creative use of line and shape to create images that look like imaginary creatures. We talked about the difference between organic and geometric shapes and discussed the characteristics of Miro's artwork. The artists then created their own creatures using a variety of lines and shapes, inspired both by Miro and their own ideas. They drew them with black oil pastel and added color with watercolor paint. The artists really enjoyed designing these amazing creatures!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fourth and Fifth Grade "Identity" Drawings

In this lesson, the artists explored the theme of expressing their identity in a drawing project. We looked at examples of how artists have addressed identity in their work and the young artists then brainstormed ideas of what makes them, them. After creating a list to work from, the artists got to drawing. They each created a drawing that shows us something about them - their family, their interests, etc. Here are some examples of how the artists took on this challenge. They did an amazing job!

Second and Third Grade Figure Drawings

The second and third graders were introduced to figure drawing in this lesson. They had the opportunity to work with wooden figures and draw them from observation. They then decided how they wanted to "dress" their figure and added a background. Some students focused on cartoon characters, others turned their figures into fashion models. Each drawing is creative and unique. The artists did a wonderful job on their drawings. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Sunflowers

The Kindergarteners and 1st graders viewed examples of sunflowers created by Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe and Claude Monet. They noticed the variety of colors the artists used to create the sunflowers and how the paintings all included a background. The students then created their own drawings of sunflowers by looking at a sunflower in a vase on their tables. They then chose which mediums they wanted to use to add color to their drawings. Some artists chose oil pastels, some used chalk pastels, some wanted to use markers, others wanted to use colored pencils, and many of the artists did combinations of 2 or more mediums. Each sunflower drawing is very unique!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Welcome Back!

What a fantastic start to the school-year! The students have done a great job jumping right in and experimenting with new art materials and solving challenges together. Below are some pictures of the 5th grade students working together to complete the art challenge they were given on the first day. Each group had the same materials, but a different task to complete, such as creating hats, becoming a rock band and creating a monster. It was wonderful to see such fantastic team work and creative ideas. This is going to be a great year!