Third Grade Students learned about printmaking. We looked at the art of Andy Warhol and talked about Pop Art, Students learned that Warhol was inspired by the world around him including movie stars, comic books, and advertising. They created a printing plate by drawing into a thin piece of styrofoam with a pencil. The plate was inked with a brayer and pressed onto paper. They selected their four favorite prints and framed them together as one piece.
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.