Preschool and Young Fives students created a composition by gluing yarn to paper. Once the yarn was dry, they selected different colors of watercolor paint for the background spaces.
Kindergarten students explored printmaking by painting a leaf and pressing it to paper. They also learned about horizontal and vertical lines and put it all together for a fall collage.
First graders painted paper with warm horizontal stripes of color. Next they created a fall tree with thick, medium and thin lines. Finally they ripped small pieces of paper and glued them down for leaves.
Second Grade students created their own "fossils" by pressing shells into clay. After the clay was fired they painted each piece with colorful glaze. These small tiles were inspired by the second grade dig site.
Third Graders started this piece by drawing planets . They selected 3-4 to draw with crayons. Next they painted around the planets with black paint. They cut and glued a spaceship and on the last day added the spaceship to the background and painted white stars. Some students based their art on our solar system and some students used their imagination.
Fourth Graders are working on their clay coil pots. this picture shows the coil pots after they were made but before they were fired in the kiln. After they are fired in the kiln, the students will paint them with glaze.
Fifth Graders are finishing up their plaster masks. These masks took many weeks to complete. First we looked at pictures of masks from around the world and compared and contrasted them. Students planed several ideas in their sletch books and selected their best one. The created a mask made of plaster strips over a plastic form and then added color and decorations.
Preschool, Young Fives and Kindergarten started the year learning about shapes, texture and watercolor paint. This project allowed students to get familiar with the art room, experiment with different art materials, and learn how to how to use the drying rack and the sink. Next we will see how artists are inspired by the weather and create art about Fall.
First grade students are learning how to create art inspired by fall leaves. Students measured their paper into six squares and selected a different leaf for each box. They traced around the outside of the leaf noticing the detailed contour line. Diagonal lines were added inside each leaf for detail. Students were encouraged to create a pattern in their background spaces.
Second grade students looked at the paintings and stained glass windows of Marc Chagall before creating their own pieces. They noticed that he often includes animals, symbols of love and peace, musical instruments, buildings and plants. They created their art with markers and watercolor paint and tried to fragment the background space with lines to make it look like a stained glass window.
Weavings are made for both decorative and functional uses. Fourth grade students made their own loom from cardboard. They learned that the strings that go in a vertical direction are called the warp and the strings woven horizontally are called the weft. Once the weavings are complete, they will learn how to take them off the loom and tie off the ends so they do not unravel.
Fifth graders created a nonrepresentational design using foil and colored sharpies. They drew several ideas and selected their best one. They traced over the drawn lines with glue. Then they put pieces of yarn over the glue. After the glue was dry they pressed foil down over the yarn to create an embossed look. Color was added with Sharpie markers in the recessed areas and the raised lines were left silver.
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. You are always welcome to volunteer. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always in need of the following supplies:
Plain white copy paper
brown paper grocery bags with handles
ticonderoga pencils (easiest to sharpen)
tissues (for cold and allergy season)
Each March the Ann Arbor Public School art teachers showcase student art in area venues for the community to enjoy. Thurston art is being displayed in the lobby at the
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
220 E. Ann Street
All AAPS students are welcome to the YAM Open House on Sunday, March 10 from 1-3p.m. at the Ann Arbor Art Center. Parking is free downtown on Sundays. There will be a scavenger hunt and an art walk around town to see the different displays. For more information visit mainstreetannarbor.org.
Preschool students created a paper collage with cut shapes and paint. This lesson allowed them to practice using little dots of glue, pressing the shapes down with their hand and overlapping shapes on top of other shapes. They created great compositions showing balance between positive shapes and negative spaces.
Young Five students learned about the line friends (Straighty, Curvy, Loopy, Ziggy, Dottie, Bumpy and Castle Top. They used black paint on yellow paper. They also learned how to use the drying rack and the sink! During the next class they added shapes in different colors.
Kindergarten students created vibrant playgrounds and rollercoasters with paper strips. They learned the difference between two dimensional art that is flat and three dimensional art that sticks out.
First Graders are learning about the artist Charlie Harper. We talked about how his art uses basic shapes and colors to create a stylized version of nature. Their birds will be added to a winter scene to connect with the first grade lesson in science about birds in winter.
Third graders learned that architects design and plan the way bridges, skyscrapers, museums, houses and schools look. We started the unit by reading the book, Iggy Peck Architect, by Andrea Beaty. Next they created a relief sculpture with corrugated cardboard. We painted the relief sculptures black and then added a shimmer of silver to create a metallic look.
Fourth graders created a clay coil pot. They learned how to roll long snake-like coils of clay. They created a spiral shape for the bottom and then started building the walls one coil on top of the other. Students were certain to score and slip between every row so that the coil pot would stay together. After the clay was fired, students chose their own colors of glaze.
Fifth grade students are learning about the contemporary artist Kara Walker. Walker is famous for her room- size silouettes. Students brainstormed several ideas before selecting the one that would work best. All of the identification details for their subject needed to be on the exterior contour of the shape, which can be very challenging! Students will work in groups to enlarge their best design for a hall display.
Preschool and Young Fives are learning how to use a variety of art tools and materials. They started the year gluing paper and using the drying rack. Next they created a painting by stamping circles into tempera paint and filling spaces with watercolor paint. We talked about how to create a composition with balance.
In First Grade, students created a still life. This project allowed them to review procedures in the art room (how to get and return supplies, how to independently use the drying rack and sink). The piece started as a review of lines, shapes and patterns. Students painted paper for their vase. They folded the paper and cut it to get a symmetrical shape. As a finishing touch, students painted flowers. Everyone felt proud of their unique creation and felt much more confident using crayons, glue, scissors and paint brushes!
Second Grade students created a still life with texture. We talked about the tradition of still lifes and how they give the artist a chance to really study the way something looks. Students placed different textures under their paper and rubbed a crayon back and forth over the top of the paper to get the textures to show up. They are currently adding color with watercolor paint. They enjoyed mixing their own colors and seeing how the crayon textures resist the watercolor paint.
In Third Grade we are creating a seascape collage. Each student drew their own pirate ship. Next, they drew a big wave shape. Students are ripping small pieces of paper to create water with many values of blue. After the water is done, they will paint the sky with watercolors.
Fourth Grade students created their own loom with a piece of cardboard. They learned the difference between the warp (the yarn that is strung vertically on their loom) and the weft (the yarn that they wove horizontally over, under, over, under). Students were excited to pick their own yarn colors and noticed that many had interesting textures (rough, smooth, silky and fuzzy).
Fifth grade students started the year creating an embossed foil piece. First they drew their idea on cardboard. We talked about non-representational art (art with just lines and shapes). They traced over their drawn lines with glue and carefully placed yarn on it. After the glue dried, they smoothed a piece of aluminum foil over the cardboard. They selected a variety of sharpie colors to fill in the spaces. The embossed lines stayed silver creating a stained glass look.