Friday, January 24, 2014

Chagall Inspired Stained Glass

The 3rd graders have been learning about artist, Marc Chagall.  We've been using transparency paper and permanent markers to create a faux stained glass piece that show memories from each student's life.   Chagall often portrays his people floating around to show how happy they are.  Likewise, students have created themselves floating in their artwork.  We will hang these pieces on the library windows so that the light can shine through, just like real stained glass.

The 2nd graders have begun a unit on Under the Sea.  They have been making sea collages.  We read the book Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle and then drew and painted seahorses.  The cafeteria workers have kindly been saving the apple crates that come with the apples they serve for lunch.  (I've been saving these up in my closet for literally two years.  Finally, I had enough for all of 2nd grade!)  We then glued the sea horse to the apple crate and added seaweed, tissue paper and shells.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

MLK Collages

In honor of Martin Luther King Day coming up next week, students have been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. in Character Education.  We read a book and watched a short video clip about his life and his work to create equality for all people.  We discussed how we can live out King's dream today in our school at am home.  Students then worked collaboratively in groups to create collages about his life and his message.  

1st grade students discussed the line murals of artist, Saul Steinberg.  We sketched some of Steinberg's work in our sketchbook.  Then students were given a paper that already had a line drawn on it.  Their job was to turn the lines into something.  Their creativity really came alive with this project.  Here are some pieces from Mrs. Darnell's class:

Kindergarteners looked at the sculptures of artist, Louis Nevelson.  They created their own sculptures using popsicle sticks and wooden shapes.  They completed their sculptures by painting them gold, silver, or copper.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dream Rooms

3rd graders have been creating miniature dream rooms.  First we looked at Van Gogh's bedroom painting and then students worked to create their own dream bedroom.  We used lots of old fabric, caps, and boxes to create these upcycled treasures.  The students love creating these, and so this has become a repeated project in 3rd grade for the last several years.