Monday, May 1, 2017

Fishing for Compliments

Have you ever heard the phrase,"so ugly, it's cute?" Well, these first grade clay fish must be what originated the phrase. I think that they are awesome and the project uses different hand-building techniques and out-of-the-box finishing materials. 

We started with a pinch pot base and shaped and modelled with art materials and clay tools. After a bisque firing, we used oil pastels to add color to the surface. Next, we used black tempera paint to cover the fish and wiped away the excess with a damp paper towel. The paint left in the recessed areas really made the details pop. I finished each off with a coat of glossy clear acrylic. Perfect for a slippery, wet fish.

Fourth graders finished up their printing unit with some time for reflection on their own work followed by a gallery walk critique of their classmates' prints. They did a great job with positive and constructive comments.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Printing, Printing, Printing 2.0

Spring weather sends us outside for fun in the sun and opportunities to see the cold world around us warm up and wake up, including the little things that crawl and flit around the blooming flowers. 

In the art room, we were inspired by these tiny creatures and decided to create a series of prints with bugs as the star. Fourth grade students worked with different colored papers and inks to see how colors and contrast can affect the final prints. After all the printing is complete, we will learn how to number, title and sign our series.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

YAM Comes to an End

It has been another great Youth Art Month.
Wings inspired by Kelsey Montague and

We kicked off with the Oconee County Schools Youth Art Show at OCAF  and celebrated Fine Arts Night at the school. Third, fourth and fifth grades created some awesome clay pieces and first and second grade took a walk on the wild side with jungle landscapes inspired by Henri Rousseau. Now, we are all ready for a much needed spring break. 
  I will apologize for this post having so many pics, but there were too many awesome works (and this is just a few :) I should work on my photography and lighting skills because these photos do not do justice to these art works.

Fifth grade projects were inspired by face jugs and the Meaders family of North Georgia.

March comes in like a lion . . .

Fourth grade thumb puppets were inspired
 by Georgia potters Carolyn Simmons and Barry Gregg.

Yes! This is a happy narwhal :)

Third grade cup cake boxes were inspired
 by Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Second grade mixed tints and shades of the jungle.
This is detail of a larger work.

First grade landscapes depicted the jungle and colors creating moods.