Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Maggy Visits Our Class

Yesterday the 4th graders were treated to a visit by my Kenyan friend, Maggy.  The students have been learning about and creating Kenyan inspired art.  Maggy came to teach the students some things about her culture.  She talked about the food, transportation, housing and the schools.  Students were able to sample chapati, a popular food in Kenya.  

 Students in Ms. Stinnett's 4th grade class were able to draw a sketch of Maggy wearing traditional Kenyan garb.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2nd graders have been learning about Georgia O'Keefe and how she lived in the desert of New Mexico.  We looked at one of her paintings of a cactus as well as other cacti images.  Then students created their own clay cacti.  We added pebbles to the containers and used toothpicks to make spikes on the cacti.  (Inspiration for this project came from www.room9art.blogspot.com)

 4th grade is creating art inspired by different countries around the world.  Right now we are learning about Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa.  One of the main modes of transportation in Zanzibar is by dala dala.  Dala dalas are basically trucks that serve as taxis with benches in the back where people sit.  The dala dalas also carry lots of things on top of them including sugar cane, fruits, and even bicycles.  The students drew dala dalas and then collaged them on top of maps of Zanzibar. (www.deepspacesparkle.com provided a bit of inspiration for this lesson).

 3rd graders are learning about Van Gogh.  They created these sunflower still life paintings inspired by Van Gogh's sunflower paintings.

 1st grade has been creating art filled with lines and shapes.  We've been looking at the work of artist Paul Klee.  They created these abstract faces.

 Kindergarteners used shapes to create these trucks.  We added lentils to look like rocks in the truck.  Then they added roads and signs.

5th graders have been learning about Picasso and the color wheel.  They made cubist inspired still life drawings and painted their collages with complementary color schemes.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cars, Houses, Mobiles

4th graders just finished making automobile sculptures using old containers, bottlecaps, and paper.  We looked at pictures of kids in Kenya who make most of their toys out of found objects.

1st graders have been creating art with shapes and lines.  We looked at the work of artist, Miro, to create these collages.  

Art Explorers just finished up this week.  They created art related to the island of Zanzibar, which is located off the coast of Tanzania, Africa.  Below are pictures of students creating mobiles inspired by the beaches of Zanzibar.  We even used real beach glass found in Zanzibar.  All of the Art Explorers' work will be on display Monday night during Literacy Night from 5:30-7:00.  Hope to see you there!