Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Fun

We have the first two weeks under our belts and are off to a great start in the art room. As we say, you can't start without art. After reviewing the activity expectations and what they mean in the art room, we were ready to make a little art. When I say little, I mean little. Every student made a 3x3 inch self portrait in the first art class. Then all "630ish" selfies were assembled to create a portrait of MBES. The mural is organized by days of the week but each day is mixed K-5. 

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.