Artists use color to express emotions and to communicate ideas. Can you find color in your everyday life to create a temporary sculpture or a collage? Watch the slideshow to see how my family found color around our home and then see what you can make. Send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org of your finished color creation and I will share it with the Thurston community on this website!
The challenge this week is to see if you can create a creature using textures. Texture is the way something feels. It can be bumpy, smooth, scratchy, sandy, fuzzy etc. We looked around our house for objects with texture and made a collection. Next, we placed the objects under our paper and rubbed the paper with the side of a crayon. You can do texture rubbings with pencils and other drawing materials too. We started with the big shapes like the body, head, arms and legs. Then we added details like eyes, nose, and mouth. Finally, we added texture to the background and inside our shapes. Can you find the texture in the world around you? Watch the slideshow for ideas. I'd love to see your Texture Monsters. Take a picture of your finished Texture Monster and email it to me at email@example.com I will add the first ten to the website for everyone to enjoy!
Spring Break looks pretty different this year. And although you can't send a postcard from your planned vacation spot, you CAN travel with your imagination and make a postcard to share. This week's art challenge asks you to imagine a place you would like to travel to. Maybe it is a real place, like a warm sunny beach, or maybe you are the adventurous type who wants to venture back in time to see Cleopatra for yourself. Create your postcard and then share it. You can either put a stamp on it and really mail it, or take a picture of it and send it virtually to friends and family. Although we are apart, we can stay connected! Watch the slideshow to see how my family created postcards. If you would like, take a picture of your postcard and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Have a great Spring Break and keep creating!
This week's art challenge starts as a scavenger hunt to find things that are different sized circles. Make a collection of big, medium and small circular shaped things from around your house. You might be stuck inside, but this gives you a chance to look at your surroundings in a new way. You'll also need paper, and something to draw with. Watch the slideshow below to see how my family created different art with found circles then make your own. When you are done, if you want to, you can take a picture and send it to me at email@example.com. I will add the first ten "Found 'Round" challenges to the website for everyone to see!
Hello from the Thurston Art Room! I will be posting art lessons and activities for you to do while we are away from each other. Please plan to check this website weekly as there will be a new challenge for you to try each week. I am excited to see how you and your families solve these challenges so please take pictures and send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post the first ten to the website for everyone to see.
Preschool and Young Fives students created a composition by gluing yarn to paper. Once the yarn was dry, they selected different colors of watercolor paint for the background spaces.
Kindergarten students explored printmaking by painting a leaf and pressing it to paper. They also learned about horizontal and vertical lines and put it all together for a fall collage.
First graders painted paper with warm horizontal stripes of color. Next they created a fall tree with thick, medium and thin lines. Finally they ripped small pieces of paper and glued them down for leaves.
Second Grade students created their own "fossils" by pressing shells into clay. After the clay was fired they painted each piece with colorful glaze. These small tiles were inspired by the second grade dig site.
Third Graders started this piece by drawing planets . They selected 3-4 to draw with crayons. Next they painted around the planets with black paint. They cut and glued a spaceship and on the last day added the spaceship to the background and painted white stars. Some students based their art on our solar system and some students used their imagination.
Fourth Graders are working on their clay coil pots. this picture shows the coil pots after they were made but before they were fired in the kiln. After they are fired in the kiln, the students will paint them with glaze.
Fifth Graders are finishing up their plaster masks. These masks took many weeks to complete. First we looked at pictures of masks from around the world and compared and contrasted them. Students planed several ideas in their sletch books and selected their best one. The created a mask made of plaster strips over a plastic form and then added color and decorations.
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.
Hello, my name is Amanda Wyse and I am the Art Teacher at Thurston. I look forward to meeting new families and seeing familiar faces. 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. You are always welcome to volunteer. You can send me an email at email@example.com.
We are always in need of the following supplies:
Plain white copy paper
brown paper grocery bags with handles
ticonderoga pencils (easiest to sharpen)
tissues (for cold and allergy season)