Pre-K students are learning different ways to create collage. Collage is art made by combining a variety of materials together to make a picture. Students created a winter tree and a penguin. They experimented with cutting paper and ripping paper. They learned tricks for getting just the right amount of glue. Finally, we practiced using the drying rack, the sink and washing tables.
Kindergarten students are working on their clay pinch pots. Students learned the difference between modeling clay (plastic) and real clay (soil). They rolled a sphere, stuck their thumb in it to start a hole, and pinched all the way around. This picture shows the clay in the kiln just after being fired. Students will add glaze and bring them home soon.
First grade students learned how to draw people. We talked about how to combine simple lines and shapes to create the people in their family. Students drew details unique to each person. They made the grown ups taller than the kids. Students used crayons in many different ways to add color. They experimented with dark and light value, color mixing and texture rubbing.
Second grade students are learning about the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. We read the book, Georgia's Bones by Jennifer Bryant. Students learned that artists can get ideas from the world around them. We started by drawing the flower larger than life to fill the page. Students selected three oil pastel colors and learned how to mix and blend them to create the petals. We will next add leaves, cut out the flowers and glue them to painted paper.
Third grade students are creating imaginary treasure maps. Each map has a compass, key, symbols, and distance scale. Students came up with interesting names for places and hid their treasure. We experimented with using real ink and ink pens and discovered how drips and smudges happen. Next we will make the the maps look old with "burnt" edges" and holes.
Fourth graders just finished their cupcake still life projects. We looked at the art of Wayne Thiebaud for inspiration. We talked about how he arranges his compositions and his use of color and shadow. Next students drew real cupcakes first with pencil. Students added color with marker, watercolor paint and chalk pastels.
Fifth grade students are learning about the artist Kara Walker. Walker is known for her silhouette images which suggest unfinished folklore. Her silhouettes are life size and she often creates many to fill an entire room. Thurston students brainstormed four ideas and enlarged their best to fill a page. We talked about how all the details have to be on the outside contour line to create their shape.