Friday, March 7, 2014

Romare Bearden Collages and Monet Waterlilies

3rd graders learned about collage artist, Romare Bearden.  They created their own self-portrait collages using magazine scraps.

2nd grade students have been creating artwork inspired by Claude Monet.  We learned about the French impressionist painter and how he used his garden as inspiration for his work.  He was concerned about painting the reflection of light in his work.  Up close, his work looked like blobs and smears.  But from far away, his work revealed beautiful lily pads, flowers, and water.  Students created these textured collages and clay lily pad sculptures as well.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Snow Collages

I know that we are all hoping the snow will go away, but I couldn't resist posting these snow collages.  These penguin collages were made by 1st graders back in January.  We used warm or cool colors to create the background.  Thanks to for this idea.

 And you have to just laugh at these people catching snowflakes on their tongues:
(Thanks to Pinterest for this one!)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Study Trip to VU

Last week 4th grade students went on a study trip to Valparaiso University.  They visited the Brauer Art Museum and were given a tour of several galleries.  They were able to see how artwork changed through various time periods.  They discussed similarities and differences in multiple paintings and saw truck themed artwork from artist, John Himmelfarb.  They also visited the VU chapel where they were able to sketch the stained glass windows and see the pipe organ.  Additionally, they learned about instruments, tempo, conducting, and musical scales from VU music education students.  Here are some pictures from our trip: