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 :)