Monday, November 23, 2015

Animals, Poinsettias, and Gingerbread Houses

 Kindergarteners have been learning about shapes in art.  We read poems from Lois Elhert's book called, Oodles of Animals.  Students then created their own animal collages.  Here is some of the artwork from Mrs. Summers' class:

 In 3rd grade we are working ahead just a bit to create some holiday artwork to decorate the hallways in December.  They created poinsettia flowers using paper plates.

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 In Character Ed, we are learning about Responsibility.  We read Shel Silverstein's poem, "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out."  We discussed the importance of being responsible and set goals for how we would do that this year.

Please don't think I'm trying to push Christmas art to early, but we are trying to get a jump start on things so that we can display them in our school after Thanksgiving.  5th graders created gingerbread houses to go along with our unit on architecture.  We saved their milk cartons from lunch and built around them with graham crackers, icing, and candy.  They did a great job and the room was actually pretty clean afterwards.  Thanks so much to everyone who donated candy for this project and for everyone who volunteered to come in and help.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Dream Houses, Birds, and Finger Painting

Color Scheme Houses: 5th grade has been learning about architecture.  They created dream houses colored with a color scheme--secondary colors, primary colors, complimentary colors, or warm and cool colors.  Here are some of the 5th grade houses:

 2nd graders are continuing to make nature inspired artwork.  This week they created birds.  Students were given lots of choices about which types of materials they could use.  I love how the results are all so different.

Kindergarteners have been learning about how to mix secondary colors.  We read the book, Mix it Up.  Students then used finger paint, sand, glitter, and other materials to create bright colored collages.  The students decided that their wet wipes also became a work of art!

3rd grade has been learning about Vincent Van Gogh.  This week students created still lifes inspired by Van Gogh's sunflower paintings.