Thursday, December 10, 2015

Shapes and Forms

 This project is always a second grade favorite. I don't necessarily do the same projects year after year but this one hits the standards, interests and has a high success rate. I switched things up a bit this year mostly because I did not have enough of the light green paper to do the entire grade level. I think that the white background still gives the effect of floating over the paper. For the original post to this lesson look here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Happy and Colorful Thanksgiving!

First graders have been learning about the color wheel and how the secondary colors are made.

We had a great time, and several excited "ah-ha" moments, as we used only the primary watercolors to mix the secondary colors and paint our turkey drawings. We even experimented with mixing all the primary colors together to make the neutral brown.

Fourth graders worked on harvest-inspired still life tempera paintings and learned about different color schemes.  

We learned that a monochromatic plan starts with one color to which white is added to make tints and black is added to make shades. 

An analogous plan includes colors that are related and touch on the color wheel. We started with two primary colors (to aid in paint prep) and then mixed the secondary and intermediate colors that come in between.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Square 1 Art !

The Square 1 Art fundraiser has begun and runs through November 16th. This gives families the opportunity to order keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art. Money raised goes to support the art program at MBES. All students are welcome to keep the page of stickers for free! 

Themes this year included self portraits K and 1st; family portraits 2nd; illuminated letters 3rd, nature 4th and favorites for 5th.

Orders may be placed online, by telephone or by paper form and payment brought to school. Please, remember that 7% sales tax is required for all orders. Our paper order deadline is Friday, November 13th.

Friday, October 9, 2015

A is for Apple

Fall is in the air. Football and festivals abound. In the art room we have completed self portraits (first grade) and family portraits (second grade) and are now learning about still lifes and the difference between shapes and forms. Our emphasis has been that shapes are flat but forms take up space and curve and move away from the light. The French artist Paul Cezanne (1839 - 1906) and his use of color and shadows has been our inspiration. These are first grade examples. First, we drew with a black crayon. (This class used black oil pastels but I switched to crayon for the others :) We painted the fruits and shadows with tempera cakes and used water colors for the table cloths.

Thanks to Ashley at for this project. I tweaked for our use.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Happy Dot Day!

International Dot Day was a big hit at MBES. In art, we each designed our special dot. With kindergarten through second grade classes, I read another one of Peter H. Reynolds' books, ish. We discussed how art doesn't have to be perfect so it was ok if our dots were circle-ish. 

Monday through Thursday's classes all added to the table Dot Day banners that will be displayed in the halls for everyone to find their dots.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Old School Selfies

We have been studying how artists use the elements of art to express themselves and create art. Kindergarten learned that a line is a dot that goes for a walk and can make many different paths.We learned the names and how to draw straight, broken, curvy, zigzag, spiral and scalloped lines. After some instruction on painting and brush care, we used water color to create a resist over our line designs. Next, we used the lines to create shapes and details on our self portraits and added color with crayons and paint. The students had a blast and I was smiling from ear to ear seeing the results.

The final step was cutting out the portraits and gluing them to the line water color resist background. They are perfect!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Art is My Super Power

We are off to a flying start this school year and it is already seems to be zooming by. 

Third, fourth and fifth graders enjoyed creating self portraits with a fun twist - adding super powers. Fourth and fifth graders created cutout figures and added them to our stylized Atlanta skylines.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fifth Grade Face Jugs

Always a crowd favorite, face jugs explore the folk art tradition of creating small vessels that were both functional and decorative. Although the origin of face or "ugly" jugs is a mystery, some believe that the tradition came from the African slaves brought to the south to work on plantations. The images may have held religious or spiritual meaning.

The rich history of folk art pottery is perpetuated by the nationally-known Meaderfamily of northeast Georgia. The Meaders created face jugs and other decorative pieces to sale to tourist and save their business when food-related pottery such as churns and storage jars were no longer in demand. The use of broken plate pieces for teeth was inspired by Meaders face jugs that we studied.

Others believe that the scary faces were used to keep children away from poisons used around the home and farm.

Monday, May 18, 2015

3-D Landscapes

While preparing the fourth grade slab unit, I was looking for options to include the hand-building method without having to create another container. I was thrilled to find the work of  Szilvia Vihiälä an artist from Finland. The students were enchanted by her attention to detail and challenged to create miniatures of their own. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Inspired Summer Self Portraits

With our summer break just a few days away (actually twelve, but who's counting :) our thoughts and art have turned to summer activities. Second graders looked at the works of David Hockney and third graders studied Henri Matisse for style inspiration in these self portraits. Special thanks to Mrs. Carter from High Shoals Elementary for sharing this Hockney project.

Third graders learned of Henri Matisse's use of color and pattern to complete their self portraits. Each portrait included a table with at least one object that represented a special hobby or interest of the artist.  One student shared that she had a question about Matisse on Trivia Crack and knew the answer because of our study of his life and works. See! Studying art does pay off :)