January Art News
Welcome back. We are making sketchbooks and starting projects. Next we will start our clay project for the year.
Art Room Update-December 2022
Look at all of the wonderful learning that is happening in the art room! My goal is to finish up projects and send home a bundle of art either just before or just after the winter break. Remember, some art is saved for art shows and returned at the end of the school year. If your student's art is displayed you will get notified so you can visit the art show. We are running low on extra fine tip Sharpie markers, Crayola markers, metallic markers, white copy paper and clear packing tape. If you feel like making a donation, please send the supplies in with your student. Thank you!
Fall in the Art Room
Students are busy creating all sorts of things in the art room! We used paint, glue, markers, and crayons in so many different ways. This slide show has pictures of many of the projects the students worked on in September and October.
Welcome Back To The Art Room!
Hello, my name is Amanda Wyse and I am the Art Teacher at Thurston. I look forward to meeting new families and seeing familiar faces. Students will work with a variety of materials in art this year. The curriculum includes the role of artists in society, recognizing art as a form of communication, and using the elements of art like line, shape, color, texture and space. Most artwork is saved during the year for displays and shows and will be sent home in June. I can be reached at email@example.com.
We are always in need of the following supplies:
Plain white copy paper
Black Sharpie Markers
brown paper grocery bags with handles
tissues (for cold and allergy season)
Old button down shirts (for paint smocks)
Ersatz Art Show
Erstaz is a word that means "make shift". When we had to switch to making art at home instead of at school, we all showed we can still learn and grow by creating with "make shift" materials available in our own homes in a living room or kitchen instead of an art room. You have done a wonderful job adapting to this temporary new way of learning and I have enjoyed seeing your creative responses to the weekly art challenges. This week you will reflect on that learning and share it with your family. Look around for things you have made over the past few weeks and create a display. Tell your family what you made, what you learned, what materials you used and what pieces you like the best. Self reflection helps us make decisions about our art. Discussing art helps us better understand what we like or don't like. Talking about art can help us make personal connections and share why it is good. Take a picture of your display and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit it to your Seesaw template. Have a happy summer!
Art From Nature
This week's art challenge starts as a scavenger hunt to find things in nature. You may need to ask your family first if the things are ok to use (especially flowers and garden plants!) Nature is full of texture, color and shape. Make a collection of things you can use (rocks, shells, bark, sticks, leaves, pinecones, grass, seedpods, etc.) and then create a temporary sculpture from them. Watch the slideshow on this website for some ideas or search the web to see how the artist Andy Goldsworthy uses nature. When you are done, you can take a picture and send it to me at email@example.com or add it to your Seesaw template.
Shape is all around you. You have probably noticed simple shapes like circles, squares and triangles, but for this project, you will tune your eyes into the complex shapes of shadows. A shadow is formed when an object blocks light. The shape of that object becomes the shape of the shadow. Watch the slide show for some ideas on how to use shadows. Gather your supplies, and then create your own shadow shapes. When you are done, you can either email a photograph of your finished piece to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit it into your Seesaw. I will add the emailed photos to the slideshow for everyone to see!
Field Day Challenge
To see Mrs. Wyse's Field Day Challenge click here .
1. Click here to see if the 4th grade teachers accepted Mrs. Wyse's Field Day challenge.
2. While you are at the Thurston Art Website, scroll through the recent art assignments. Which ones have you done? Are there ones you would still like to do? Pick one for this week and make it a goal to complete by the end of the week.
3. When you are done exploring, return to Seesaw to see how to create and submit your own obstacle course. If you need to, you can click Clever .
Robots For Our Times
This week's art challenge asks you to create a robot to help you to do something in your life. You may have new responsibilities as you adjust to learning at home. How can your robot help? Artist's throughout the ages have created artwork that reflects the time period they live in. Your robot can be a drawing, a collage, or a sculpture. Think about what your robot can do to help you, your family or your neighborhood. Watch the slideshow on this website to get some ideas, gather your supplies and create your own robot. When you are done you can take a picture and email it to me at email@example.com or add it to your Seesaw template. I will add the first ten emailed photos to the slideshow for everyone to see!
You know that stuff in your recycling bin? Well, it can become art! When we use an object to create a work of art, it becomes an art tool. Art materials are associated with application techniques. Some are traditional, others are experimental. This week's art challenge asks you to search around for some thin cardboard and make a sculpture out of it. You can experiment with many different ways of using it. Will you cut it, bend it, glue it, tape it, draw on it? Watch the slide show on this website to get some ideas, make your art, take a picture and either email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or add it to your Seesaw template. I am excited to see what you make.