Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Klimt Trees and Clay Houses

2nd graders have been learning the difference between realistic and abstract artwork.  This week they finished making abstract trees inspired by Gustav Klimt.  I love all the swirling lines and embellishments that they added.  They were extremely excited to use gold paint and glitter for this project.
 5th graders have been studying architecture and learning about various styles of houses and buildings around the world.  They created Zanzibar inspired house drawings.  Then they created their own clay house in any style.  This week we are making the clay structures.  When they dry, I will fire them in my kiln, and then we will glaze them.  Here are pictures from the first step:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Artwork from September

The first graders have been working on a multi-media self-portrait piece.  They drew themselves and then we looked at the artwork of Henri Matisse.  The students painted patterned backgrounds and drew vases of flowers to glue on top, which were all inspired by the patterned paintings of Matisse.  Then they glued the painting to an "easel" made of popsicle sticks and decorated the background.  Here are the results:

 Kindergarten has been learning about painting procedures and using watercolors.  We read the book,  The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  Students painted their own "dots."  We had a little extra time, so they also got to create a free choice painting.  I was impressed by all the interesting lines and shapes they included in their artwork.  Here are their paintings:
Dot paintings

Character Ed:
This month in character education, we've been talking about how we can make our school a better place.  We read the book Only One You by Linda Kranz.  Students wrote down examples of things they could do to make Three Creeks a great place to come everyday.  We also decorated fish inspired by the book.  We now have some beautiful displays of this work around the school.

And last, but not least, 3rd grade has been learning about the rainforest.  They drew and painted animals and then used lots of scrap materials to create a rainforest collage.  The results are an array of creative different ideas.  Great job 3rd graders!