Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Blinded Me with Science

As fifth grade students completed their science units on cells and microorganisms, we used that knowledge to create cell and organism inspired abstract painting and multimedia projects. We looked at the art of local artist and educator Erin McIntosh. 

Collision  72 x 60     Erin McIntosh

We experimented with different ways of mark making including chalk and bubble printing and manipulating watercolor paints with brush, gravity and air through a straw. We wanted to use these methods, as well as collage or drawing programs, to represent the microscopic parts of our world. 

In science class, the students had created labeled diagrams and models of plant and animal cells. For these works, we wanted to look more at interpretations instead of direct representations.

Below are some projects made with drawing programs.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

We LOVE Cornbread!

First graders have enjoyed learning about folk art and the work of John "Cornbread " Anderson of Lumpkin County, Georgia. His bright colors, texture and quirky animals make his work a favorite. Like the artist, we chose Georgia's native animals and put them in their natural habitats and gave them big eyes. We used Crayola Twistables to mix colors and add texture to the background.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall's Bounty

We have been inspired by fall and the bounty of our school garden. First and second grade students were also inspired by two contemporary Japanese artists Miroco Machiko (1981) and Yayoi Kusama (1929). Kusama will have an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta November 18, 2018 through February 17, 2019. Her avant-garde style of pattern, mirrors and exaggeration create a quirky world and experience for the viewer.  I can't wait :)

Second grade students worked on  lines following the contours of a form and the meaning and how to mix tints and shades.

Miroco Machiko is a painter and illustrator. She paints simple, bold images that fill the space of her composition. Her vegetable paintings often include dark color in the negative space. This project served as a great opportunity to review and use our elements of art and focus on organic shapes and positive and negative space.

With Washington Farms in our community, many students have visited the pumpkin patch on field trips or with family and friends. Third graders used this as inspiration for a 1 point linear perspective fall landscape. We studied the three parts of a landscape and how we can use overlapping, size, placement and details to create a sense of depth and distance in our artwork. Oil pastels and paint are always a hit in the art room and finally the cooler mornings remind us that it is fall.