Thursday, December 19, 2013

Picasso and Poinsettias

5th graders have been finishing up a unit on Picasso.  This week they've been painting abstract faces inspired by Picasso.  They used tints and shades of either blue or red to mimic Picasso's "Blue Period" or "Rose Period" artwork.  Ask a 5th grader about what kind of emotions Picasso showed in his work with his blue or red paint.

 4th graders have been making faux batiks as we learn about the art of Zanzibar.  We are also incorporating sewing into this project.  The students are sewing on burlap with yarn, and then I will sew their batik pieces to the middle of the burlap with the sewing machine.  Some students enjoyed the sewing so much that they wanted to sew more outside of class.  Here is Alee's sewing creation she finished at home with the help of her grandma...impressive, right?!
 Today was a dress-up day inspired by The Grinch.  We had several people from "Whooville" walking around the school!  Check out Hannah's beautiful costume and hair:
 Mrs. Taylor's 2nd grade class made their poinsettia collages today.  A huge thank you goes out to my aunt for donating the glittery wrapping paper for this project.  The students were very excited to use this sparkly paper.

Check out Landun's patterend background.  He really took his time and was very proud of it.
And finally, a huge thank you to Maitlynd and Rowan for my beautiful scarf.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kindergarten Animals/ 3rd grade birdhouses

 This week with the Kindergarteners we read poems from Lois Elhert's book Oodles of Animals.  We looked at various shapes that she uses to create her animals.  Students then created their own animals using various shapes and made a background too.  Here are some of the pictures from Mrs. Cataldo's class:

 3rd graders made birdhouses that were decorated for the holidays.  They really enjoyed adding candy canes, wreaths, stockings, trees, and more to make their houses festive.  And everyone got very excited when I brought out the glitter...except the custodians, of course :)   Inspiration for this idea came from Artsonia.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

5th grade Keith Harring People

5th graders in Mrs. Del Real's class created life size abstract people in action poses.  They were inspired by the work of Keith Haring.  When the students finished, these pictures were hung on the wall in gym.

Here is one more finished tree that a 5th grader completed this week.  I asked how he made the presents under the tree, and he said "They're Nerds and other candies."  Sure enough, when you shake the boxes you can hear the little pieces of Nerds!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Art Explorers' Work

Art Explorers is an after school program for 4th and 5th graders.  They spend an hour after school one night a week for 6 weeks where they are able to create art and work on more in-depth projects.  This year the theme for Art Explorers was "The Art of Zanzibar."  Zanzibar is an island off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa.  Students created art related to Zanzibar's culture.  Their artwork has been on display in our school for the past few weeks.  Here is some of their work:

Clay Dala Dalas: dala dalas are a type of public transportation that people use to get around the island of Zanzibar

Henna inspired hands: henna is a popular art form in Zanzibar;
women decorate their hands with elaborate patterns using henna dye, which comes from a plant

Batiked shirts and pillowcases: batik is a wax and dye process

Mobiles: made with sea glass collected from a beach in Zanzibar

1st graders have been learning about warm and cool colors.  They created "hot dogs" or "cool cats" to show their understanding of these color families.  Here are some pictures of a few students as they painted their animals. (Thanks to for this idea.)