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.