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.
Happy New Year! This slide show shows some of the things students have been working on. Pre K students are learning that artists are inspired by the world around them. Winter weather features in their recent collages. Kindergarten is finishing up their texture lesson and starting to learn about clay. 1st grade students just finished the first step of their clay project and will be drawing a family portrait. 2nd grade students are learning about primary and secondary colors and warm and cool colors. 3rd grade students made a collaborative mural honoring Dr. Martin Luther King junior and will next create a Treasure Map. 4th grade students finished their printmaking project and are now creating a cupcake still life inspired by the artist Wayne Thiebaud. 5th grade students finished their painting inspired by the Amate bark paintings of Mexico and will move on to learning about the contemporary artist Kara Walker.
Here is a slide show showing a sample of what each grade is currently working on in the art room. All classes started with designing their own sketchbook cover. Sketchbooks are used to practice drawing and generate ideas. Thank you for the many donations of tissue boxes and art supplies. Anyone interested in helping in the art room can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I mostly need extra helpers for kindergarten and first grade, but If you'd like to help, you are always welcome!
Students will work with a variety of materials in art this year. The curriculum includes the role of artists in society, recognizing art as a form of communication, and using the elements of art like line, shape, color, texture and space. Most artwork is saved during the year for displays and shows and will be sent home in June. We currently have two art teachers at Thurston, Mrs. Wyse and Mrs. Becker.
We are always in need of the following supplies:
ticonderoga pencils (easiest to sharpen)
tissues (for cold and allergy season)
Preschool students created a collage from cardboard, paint, and paper. Many students made skyscrapers, buildings and roads.
Kindergarten students learned that everybody makes art all around the world. We looked at Aboriginal Dot Paintings and got ideas from the lines, dots, shapes and animals in Australian art.
First Grade students learned that artists get ideas from the world around them. We talked about the things that you can see in a city. They painted the background with sponges for an Impressionistic looking sky. Next, they cut and glued a road, skyscrapers and cars. They learned the words cityscape, collage, foreground, midground and background. Every collage is unique!
Second Graders just finished their color theory unit. Students learned that the primary colors red, blue and yellow can be mixed to make the secondary colors orange, green and purple. Each student created a heart inspired from the artist Jim Dine showing warm and cool colors.
Third Grade students are creating a seascape collage. Each student drew their own ship complete with sails, masts and flags. Next they created water with light, medium and dark values of paper. Finally they added watercolor paint for their stormy sky.
Fourth Graders learned about a group of painters called the Fauves. These painters were called "wild beasts" by their critics because they chose to paint landscapes with imaginary colors instead of realistic colors. Each student created a landscape with a lighthouse using bright, imaginary colors.
Fifth Graders are busy creating set designs for the 5th grade musical. Students are working in groups to create large paintings on banner paper. Their designs need to be simple enough to paint and big enough to be easily seen from the audience.
Preschool students learned about concentric circles. They created a collage with tissue paper and a painting.
Kindergarten students looked at art by Jasper Johns. We talked about using the alphabet in a painting and how the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) can be mixed to make secondary colors (orange, green, and purple).
First grade students looked at the brush marks of Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters. They experimented using sponges, cardboard, and cotton swabs in paint. Next we looked at Van Gogh's Starry Night painting and they selected different tools to create the effects of wind, stars, ground, and sky.
Second grade students celebrated March is Reading Month by looking at Eric Carle's illustrations for picture books. They created unique painted paper and then cut and glued the paper to make a collage showing an animal. Students even crafted a title for their finished piece.
Third grade students finished their treasure maps and started planning their clay project. Each treasure map has a legend, distance scale, compass, symbols and names of places.
Fourth graders are creating clay coil pots. They spent a week practicing with modeling clay (plastic based clay). They learned that real clay (clay from soil) needs to be scored, slipped, and smoothed in order for one piece to attach to another piece. Students will glaze their coil pots and bring them home to share soon!
Fifth grade students are creating plaster masks. Students looked at masks from around the world and planned out an idea for how they want their final mask to look. Next they cut strips of plaster to prepare for mask making day. Each student has a chance to create a mask and have a mask made of their own face. It is a very fun (and messy) project!
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.
Leaf rubbings provided Kindergarten students with a great way to learn about texture and pattern while enjoying the change in the season. Students placed the leaves under their paper and used the side of a crayon to find the texture. Next, they drew on top of the leaf rubbing to emphasize the lines in the leaf. They used watercolor paint to add color. Finally, they drew a pattern repeating two different lines around the frame.
First grade students used their warm and cool color paintings to create a fall collage. The cool colors (blue, green and purple) became the sky and the warm colors (red, yellow and orange) turned into fall leaves. We talked about branching lines, cutting vs. ripping paper, and creating a frame. Some students even tried to create an illusion of space by making the trees smaller in the background and larger in the foreground.
In second grade, students looked at the book, Sky Tree, by Thomas Locker. This book shows how trees change with each season. Students painted stripes of color for their sunset background. Black paint created a silhouette look for the trees. We talked about how artists are inspired by the world around them, the word landscape to describe a picture of the outdoors, strategies for controlling brushes while painting lines, and creating a balanced composition.
Students in 3rd grade are learning how to create multiple images through printmaking. We talked about the Pop artist, Andy Warhol, drew a pencil self portrait while looking in a mirror, learned how to transfer a drawing to a styrofoam printing plate, used a brayer to roll ink onto the printing plate, and created many prints so that the best ones could be used in the final framed collage.
4th grade students are creating their own looms from cardboard. We talked about the words loom, weaving, warp, weft, pattern, and color. Many students find this to be a very rewarding and relaxing project (once they get the hang of it)!
In 5th grade, students created paintings inspired by the Amate bark paintings of Mexico. Students noticed that many traditional bark paintings use bird, flower, tree or sun motifs. They brainstormed and planned their ideas in their sketchbooks. Next they carefully drew a simplified design onto a brown paper bag. After the drawing was finished, they traced over the pencil with sharpie marker for a bold waterproof outline. The bags were soaked in water, squeezed out, and flattened to create a bark-like texture. Students selected bright colors for their pieces. Finally, they added more lines and details on top of the dried paint.