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 email@example.com or submit it to your Seesaw template. Have a happy summer!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or submit it into your Seesaw. I will add the emailed photos to the slideshow for everyone to see!
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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or add it to your Seesaw template. I am excited to see what you make.
Artists use elements of art like line, shape, color, and space. These elements become a language to communicate visually. Lines can be curvy, straight, zigzag, thick, thin, bumpy and scratchy. Lines can suggest movement, mood and emotion. For this week's art challenge, you will create a line drawing. Watch the slide show on this website to see how my family used line to create our free-form art. When you are done, take a picture of your line art and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists like Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee created many works that inspired the following examples:
Humans from all cultures, past or present, have created art and that art is influenced by the time period and the culture in which they live. Our lives are filled right now with being at home with our family. We are staying home and staying safe. What kind of collage can you make from magazines, newspapers, and thin cardboard boxes that shows something important in your life. A collage is a picture made by sticking different pieces of paper to a backing. Will your collage show your family or something from nature? Will it be somethings from your imagination? Will it be funny? Watch the slideshow to get some ideas, then ask your family to help you find some scissors, an old magazine, and some glue. I'm excited to see your collage so please email a photo to me at email@example.com. Happy creating.
Here's a special Earth Day Challenge for those of you who are feeling extra creative this week. Make art about the environment celebrating the world we care for, send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it here for everyone to enjoy.
Sometimes artists use traditional materials like pencils or paint to make art. Other times they find things that are supposed be used for different purposes and make art out of them. Now is the perfect time to get inspiration from artists like Alexander Calder, Betye Saar, Robert Rauschenberg and Louise Nevelson. These famous assemblage artists put together found or unrelated objects often using untraditional art materials. For this week's art challenge, you will create a temporary sculpture of an animal out of found materials. First watch the slide show to see how my family created our animal assemblages. Next think about what kind of animal you want to make. Look around your home for things you can use to create your sculpture. Start with the biggest shapes like the head and the body and then add the smaller details on top. When you are done, take a picture of your animal assemblage and email it to me at email@example.com and I will add your art to this website! Happy creating.