Friday, December 19, 2014

A Little Holiday Clay

With the students excited about the holidays, it is the perfect time for a clay project. They seem to focus on the medium since it is a special material for us to use.

Kindergarten learned about texture and pattern to make a shoe print medallion. After firing, the pieces were painted with pearl paint to give them color and a sparkly finish.

First grade pressed everyday items (bottle cap, wooden stylus, alphabet pasta) and clay tools into the clay to create a snowman. We carefully applied a thin layer of paint with our fingers as to not fill the holes and have contrast with the fired red clay. The final touch was adding a little pipe cleaner nose.

Second grade worked to make a uniform rope from clay and score and slip (scratch and wet) the clay before joining pieces together. Pearl paint gives it an extra shine.

Special thanks to another Oconee Co. elementary art teacher Bess at  for sharing this project a couple of years ago.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe break. See you in January!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fun with Foil

We've had a little fun in third grade with foil embossing and who doesn't love pony beads :) With a theme of winter, we have the season and different  holidays represented. The students created their designs first on paper and then traced their designs onto thick art foil cushioned by a magazine. The designs were traced again directly onto the foil before the design was flipped and colored with Sharpie markers. To complete, the designs were trimmed and embellished with wire and beads.

The students were very excited to learn that this was not a portfolio project and could be taken home when complete. They were very proud of the "bling" that they had designed. It was fun for me to see them discover how the "carved" line became raised on the other side.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Color Theory

Fall is here and the changing colors outside our windows have inspired our color theory project for fourth grade.

We learned that there are several different color families or color schemes that artists use to create different visual affects.

Monochromatic colors are tints (add white) and shades (add black) of a color.
Analogous colors are related and can be found beside each other on the color wheel.
Complementary colors are found across from each other on a color wheel.

Our follow-up project is an animal portrait where the students can choose the animal, color scheme and materials to complete their artwork. We are at the thumbnail and rough draft stage now and I am loving the direction that their knowledge and creativity are taking them.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Feeling a Little Finster

 We worked on a Georgia Folk Artist unit last year and third graders completed Howard Finster inspired self-portraits. Some of the students were kind enough to loan me their works to display in the hall over the summer. (We always have families touring and I hated to have bare walls.) I've recently taken the self-portraits down and realized that I never posted the project. The students really enjoyed the process and learning about folk art and the contributions of many Georgians.

We, too, added words to tell about us and stylized features to our portraits. 

I love the note, "Dont mind the hair. I messed up."

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wild Things!

We've been inspired by Maurice Sendak and the wonderful monsters of Where the Wild Things Are. Our pumpkin was part of the Storypumpkin Patch this week. 

Kindergartners worked with shapes to fill the space of their paper and add detail to create pattern and texture. The results make me smile and will be on display next Tuesday (Nov. 4, 5:30 - 7:00) for our PTO sponsored Family Literacy Night. There will be many activities for students and families to enjoy, including a photo op jumping on the bed as David from David Shannon's Caldecott medal winning No, David!.

Let the wild rumpus start!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy ARTober!

We are very busy in the art room! 

In second grade, we've been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with the wonderful patterns, colors, and sounds of our Spanish speaking neighbors. Other grades are being inspired by the cool fall temperatures and the sights and activities that this time of the year brings.

These first grade fall still-lifes are not complete, but I love what they've done so far. First, we talked about perspective and how artists use overlapping, size and placement to make objects look close and far. We are also studying the color wheel and how secondary colors are made. Each student had his/her own palette to mix the secondary and worked to make the intermediate colors, too.
I was very impressed with the purposeful mixing of colors and I can't wait to see more details.

Be on the look out for our Square1 Art fundraiser 
packets to be coming home soon. 
Do some window shopping now at Square1 Art.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Dot Day! September 15-ish

Happy International Dot Day! We had a great week celebrating.
We looked at the works of Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky and Georgia born, Alma Thomas for inspiration always striving to make a better dot than the one before. Thanks, Vashti!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to School

We just completed our third full week of school and I'm just now blogging . . . well, sort of. No pictures of artwork or displays, yet

But we are working on our Square 1 Art projects after completing the Student Learning Objectives assessments for art, music and P.E.

Just wanted to let you know that we are off to a great start and looking forward to a terrific year in the art room. And a special thanks to a fellow teacher who brightened my day with art stickers!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What's in a Name?

In 5th grade, we worked with line, shape, color, and repetition to create a patterned board. During a lesson on abstract art, we learned that abstract artists are not trying to represent the world in a realistic way but look at the world from a different perspective. We discussed how our name is a common object that we "draw" almost daily. We must follow the rules when we write our name. As artist, we used the  letters of our names cut from our patterned boards to turn our common 2-D, start it with a capital, left to right names into 3-D sculptures. The students were required to use all the letters of their name in either positive or negative shapes. At first, many were stumped on how to begin. I encouraged them to think about building with a shape and not a letter and they were able to work past it. 

The sculptures are still their names but with an artistic, abstract approach. I've seen this project on Pinterest but found a plan here  We used scrap mat board for greater strength and stability but cutting out all those letters with the die cut machine took a few afternoons with my student teacher's help :) Bless her!




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Time for Cupcakes!

End of the year and time to celebrate! What better inspiration can we get but from Wayne Thiebaud, an American pop artist who depicted everyday objects in his paintings. Pastries and ice cream were common themes and definitely grabbed the attention of the 3rd graders. Pinch pots were formed as the bottom and top of the cupcake box and "toppings" were added using the score and slip technique. After the forms were fired, bright colors were used to add more details and mimic Thiebaud's use of color. A final coat of sealer was added to the top for a bit of shine to the frosting.

They look good enough to eat!

one of our inspiration paintings by Wayne Thiebaud





Gigi's hasn't got anything on us :)
Below is how I survive having 4 grades with
overlapping clay projects.
What a great space (and sanity) saver.