Friday, October 23, 2015

Textured Clay Tiles and Roller Coaster Wire Sculptures

Kindergarteners have been learning about texture.  They created textured tiles using Legos stamped into clay.  They also used letter stamps to stamp their names.  Then they added, wire, beads, and their pictures.  

1st graders created roller coaster sculptures inspired by the wire sculptures and mobiles of Alexander Calder.  Here are some sculptures from Mrs. Darnell's class:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Primary Colors and Fall Artwork

Kindergarteners have been learning about the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.  This week they created primary color collages inspired by the artist Mondrian.  Click on the video below to see a short movie about Mondrian's work.

1st graders created some beautiful fall artwork of themselves jumping in leaves.  Their collages are currently hanging in the hallways.  Be sure to take a look at the artwork when you come to parent teacher conferences.

3rd graders painted abstract fall trees using mostly warm colors and then cool colors in the background.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kindergarten Sculpture, 3rd Grade Scarecrow, 4th grade Necklaces

Kindergarteners have been learning about both texture and color.  We practiced sorting lots of colors to create the beautiful rainbow sculpture above.  

 With the fall season now upon us, Kindergarteners created these fall textures collages.  Ask your kindergartener to tell you about textures of objects found around your house.

3rd graders will be going on a study trip soon to visit Taltree Arboretum in Valparaiso, Indiana.  As part of this trip, we created a scarecrow that will be part of Taltree's annual Trail of Scarecrows Contest.  Our scarecrow is based on the book, I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont.  Their scarecrow will be on display during their study trip and throughout the entire month of October.  If you happen to visit Taltree, vote for our scarecrow to help us win free school supplies and more!  

Also, the 3rd graders have glazed their clay pieces, and they have been fired a second time in the kiln.  Here are some of the friendly creatures roaming our room:

4th graders have been learning about Kenyan jewelry.  We learned about how artists who live in the slums of Kenya are known for creating both bone jewelry and paper beads.  Students are using real bone pendant beads from Kenya combined with paper beads that they created to make a necklace.  If your child has paper beads that they brought home to create, remind them to return these to school ASAP. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall Artwork and Collages

Fifth graders have been getting some inspiration from nature in their latest artwork.  We spent some time outdoors sketching and creating landscape and still life paintings with fall inspired objects.  Students then used liquid watercolor paints to paint them.

 2nd graders have been continuing to learn the difference between abstract and realistic art.  They created realistic leaf prints using burlap and plaster of paris.  We pressed real leaves into plaster of paris.  After the plaster dried the leaves were removed and the students painted their leaves using the warm colors--red, orange, and yellow.

1st graders have been learning about the artist MirĂ³.  We looked at one of his landscape paintings and the various types of lines he used.  Students created their own landscape collages using markers, paper, and foam.