Thursday, December 27, 2012

Let It Snow ....

 Well, looks like we'll have to be a little more creative in this part of the country. With December quickly departing and not a flake in sight, we will be inspired by the works of North Georgia folk artist Mattie Lou O'Kelly (1908 -1997.)

After studying the human figure through gesture drawings, fourth grade students will use paper to create collage children enjoying a snowy hillside in different activities such as sledding, snowman building, and snowball fighting.

Check back later for the finished project.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Little Clay Project

K-2 got a little added treat right here before our Winter Break and got to work a little with clay.

Kindergarten and First graders discussed the texture of clay and worked to form a ball and then flatten it out to a smooth even disc. Clay tools, as well as found objects, were used to create a charming snow man. Finger painting helped us get just the right look. We even worked on letter identification by adding our names with alphabet pasta which burned away when the clay was fired in the kiln. (I colored over the names near the bottom before publishing.)

Second graders worked on creating an even rope of clay and then coiled it to make a disc. Clay tools were used on the back to join the coils so that they would not separate as the clay dried. A tree shape was cut from the disc and the other two pieces were joined by scoring and slipping. After the pieces were dried and fired, the students used glittery tempera paint to add details. Some trees were covered with snow while others were decorated for the holidays. The other projects became leaves or fancy old-fashioned ornaments. Needless to say, the kiln was busy and we had a great time with 2 favorites . . . paint and clay. Thanks to Mrs. Carter at HSES for sharing this lesson.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nature Silhouettes

3rd graders have been studying positive and negative space and using space within a composition. We experimented with liquid watercolors in abstract / nonobjective paintings after viewing and discussing several examples. Next, we looked at silhouettes of plants and animals that we might see around our own homes. Each student worked to incorporate silhouetted shapes that considered the entire space in the composition.



Monday, December 3, 2012

First Grade Architects

Inspired by the works of American architect Frank Gehry, we created blueprints by stamping with white paint. We thought of the basic shapes that you find in architecture. After the paint was dry, we added color and pattern with oil pastels to let the builder know exactly how we wanted our structures to look. Some students threw convention to the wind and created  fantastical designs while others were a bit more restrained. Either way, it was a great way to learn about the legendary architect as well as work with some fun materials.