The Annual Student Art Show is at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library until May 30. If you are downtown you should check it out! Additionally, student art is displayed at the Reichart building at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on an ongoing basis.
Please send in brown paper grocery bags with handles. Students will create a portfolio from the bag and bring home their art soon! Also, many kids are enjoying choice time drawing and cardboard constructions. If you would like to donate masking tape or plain white copy paper, they would love to put them to creative use!
Preschoolers are experimenting with different art tools and materials. We learned how to create lines and shapes from masking tape, crayons, markers, stencils and rulers.
Kindergarten students are learning that artists are inspired by the weather. We took advantage of the recent show to create these winter collages.
First Grade students created a cityscape collage with tall skyscrapers, a road, and cars. They used paint, paper, scissors and glue.
Second Grade students are creating clay owl sculptures. This picture shows the owls after they were glazed but before they were fired in the kiln. The kiln will make the glaze shiny and glass-like.
Third Graders created a treasure map. Each map has an imaginary land, a compass, a key, a distance scale, a treasure, names for places and symbols. They used real ink and ink pens and created "burnt" looking edges.
Fourth Graders are creating clay coil pots. This picture shows the coil pots while they are drying. After they are dry, they will be fired in the kiln and glazed.
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!