Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Love

Love is in the air. Well, at least love for Jim Dine.

First graders talked about symbols as a way to communicate visually without using words. Then we talked about how artists use symbols to let their art "speak" to the viewer. We also observed how repeating a shape creates a pattern and visual rhythm. Our artworks were created with oil pastels and liquid watercolors.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays!

What a fun time we had on the last day of school before the holiday break. I started the morning as an elf on the shelf and then switched to a French hen for the annual school sing-a-long. Oh, yeah! I was an art teacher most of the day :)


Here with my peeps (teehee) PE para, Mrs. Dukes, and STEAM teacher, Mrs. Rose.

See you all in 2017!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Matisse Still Life

I think that Henri Matisse (our inspiration) would be impressed with these first graders' use of color and pattern. I know I am :) The French artist Matisse was labeled a Fauve (wild beast) because of his expressive use of color and pattern.
The Purple Robe, 1937

We looked at several of Matisse's still life artworks and noticed if he used mostly primary or secondary colors. We studied how to mix to make the secondary colors and how white is used to make colors lighter. The background was painted first using tempera cakes while the subject was painted using liquid tempera. Oil pastels (always a crowd pleaser) were used to add details and finishing touches.