Second grade students created a clay owl. They learned the difference between modeling clay and real clay. They learned how to add onto a pinch pot by pinching, pulling, and poking the clay. Many of them tried to score, slip and smooth, the process artists use to attach one piece of clay to another.
Preschool students created a paper collage with cut shapes and paint. This lesson allowed them to practice using little dots of glue, pressing the shapes down with their hand and overlapping shapes on top of other shapes. They created great compositions showing balance between positive shapes and negative spaces.
Young Five students learned about the line friends (Straighty, Curvy, Loopy, Ziggy, Dottie, Bumpy and Castle Top. They used black paint on yellow paper. They also learned how to use the drying rack and the sink! During the next class they added shapes in different colors.
Kindergarten students created vibrant playgrounds and rollercoasters with paper strips. They learned the difference between two dimensional art that is flat and three dimensional art that sticks out.
First Graders are learning about the artist Charlie Harper. We talked about how his art uses basic shapes and colors to create a stylized version of nature. Their birds will be added to a winter scene to connect with the first grade lesson in science about birds in winter.
Third graders learned that architects design and plan the way bridges, skyscrapers, museums, houses and schools look. We started the unit by reading the book, Iggy Peck Architect, by Andrea Beaty. Next they created a relief sculpture with corrugated cardboard. We painted the relief sculptures black and then added a shimmer of silver to create a metallic look.
Fourth graders created a clay coil pot. They learned how to roll long snake-like coils of clay. They created a spiral shape for the bottom and then started building the walls one coil on top of the other. Students were certain to score and slip between every row so that the coil pot would stay together. After the clay was fired, students chose their own colors of glaze.
Fifth grade students are learning about the contemporary artist Kara Walker. Walker is famous for her room- size silouettes. Students brainstormed several ideas before selecting the one that would work best. All of the identification details for their subject needed to be on the exterior contour of the shape, which can be very challenging! Students will work in groups to enlarge their best design for a hall display.