Preschool students are learning how to create collage inspired by winter weather. Students used their finger muscles to tear paper to create these penguins.
In kindergarten, students were texture detectives. They discovered a different texture using a different color of crayon for each of their spaces. Next they painted with watercolor paint over the textures to see how crayons resist watercolor paint. We talked about the words texture (the way something feels), texture rubbing (using a crayon to get the texture to show up), composition (the arrangements of shapes on a page) and making sure there were no empty "lonely spots" on their paper.
First grade, preschool and second grade students are working on their clay projects. First graders created a clay sun. We talked about pinching clay to make the sun's rays, carving the clay with a tooth pick to make eyes, and scoring and slipping clay to add a nose. Second grade students are creating an owl sculpture out of an upside down pinch pot. Preschool students pressed different textures into clay.
In second grade, we read a book about the artist Georgia Okeeffe. Students noticed that O'Keeffe got her inspiration from nature. They drew a larger than real life flower and learned how to mix and blend oil pastels. This lesson helped them to understand the difference between warm and cool colors and how to make colors lighter (making a tint) by adding white.
Third grade students just completed their printmaking project inspired by the Pop artist Andy Warhol. Students drew a self portrait by looking at their own unique details in a mirror. They created a printing plate with a piece of styrofoam. They learned how to use ink and a brayer (a special rolling tool to spread ink). Students were encouraged to make many prints and then select four of their favorites for the final framed piece. We spent a lot of time talking about glue craftsmanship (not too much and not too little).
Fourth grade students are continuing to weave. They created a loom out of cardboard and have spent many art classes seletcting just the right colors of yarn to weave over and under from top to bottom. We talked about the words warp, weft, loom, and pattern.
In fifth grade, students are learning about the artist M.C. Escher. They are creating a cardboard template which can be traced to fill a page without gaps or overlaps. Once the template is made, students can create different creatures out of their shape. Students created four ideas and then selected their favorite for their final draft. We are talking about, pattern, tessellation, and optical illusion.