Thursday, December 21, 2017

We LOVE Cornbread!

First graders have enjoyed learning about folk art and the work of John "Cornbread " Anderson of Lumpkin County, Georgia. His bright colors, texture and quirky animals make his work a favorite. Like the artist, we chose Georgia's native animals and put them in their natural habitats and gave them big eyes. We used Crayola Twistables to mix colors and add texture to the background.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall's Bounty

We have been inspired by fall and the bounty of our school garden. First and second grade students were also inspired by two contemporary Japanese artists Miroco Machiko (1981) and Yayoi Kusama (1929). Kusama will have an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta November 18, 2018 through February 17, 2019. Her avant-garde style of pattern, mirrors and exaggeration create a quirky world and experience for the viewer.  I can't wait :)

Second grade students worked on  lines following the contours of a form and the meaning and how to mix tints and shades.

Miroco Machiko is a painter and illustrator. She paints simple, bold images that fill the space of her composition. Her vegetable paintings often include dark color in the negative space. This project served as a great opportunity to review and use our elements of art and focus on organic shapes and positive and negative space.

With Washington Farms in our community, many students have visited the pumpkin patch on field trips or with family and friends. Third graders used this as inspiration for a 1 point linear perspective fall landscape. We studied the three parts of a landscape and how we can use overlapping, size, placement and details to create a sense of depth and distance in our artwork. Oil pastels and paint are always a hit in the art room and finally the cooler mornings remind us that it is fall.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Art Club Antics

Our 4th and 5th grade Art Club just completed its third of eight meetings. Boy! Have we been busy. Our first two meetings were filled with coil trays and clay animals. At the last meeting, we worked with wire and paper to create a figure that became part of a larger sculpture. Next on the list is glue batik and then back to the clay pieces for painting since my new kiln is not here yet. Big thanks to Ms. Johnston, the art teacher next door at Malcom Bridge Middle School, for firing our greenware.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Finishing Up Our Square 1Art

We have been working hard to create our very best designs for this year's Square 1 Art projects.
These fifth graders are proud of their final MBES Square 1 Art design and can not wait to share them with their families. 

Order packets should go home mid-October with orders due November 3rd and delivery the last week of November. 
Just in time for holiday gift giving. 
                 Check out this year's products at Square 1 Art

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

International Dot Day

Because of Hurricane Irma, we may be the 15th-ish
 (a reference to another great book by Reynolds)
We are thinking about dots and making our marks as we celebrate International Dot day on September 15th. We started our project by reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  

First Grade students reviewed the color wheel and using the primary colors to mix the secondary colors. We made concentric circles to create our base painting and will use oil pastels and/or black tempera paint to add pattern and details.

While using black crayons and their creativity, Kindergarten students started with a dot and let their imagination take them. 

I love the solar eclipse in the top right corner and the cute kitty!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Fun

We have the first two weeks under our belts and are off to a great start in the art room. As we say, you can't start without art. After reviewing the activity expectations and what they mean in the art room, we were ready to make a little art. When I say little, I mean little. Every student made a 3x3 inch self portrait in the first art class. Then all "630ish" selfies were assembled to create a portrait of MBES. The mural is organized by days of the week but each day is mixed K-5. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fishing for Compliments

Have you ever heard the phrase,"so ugly, it's cute?" Well, these first grade clay fish must be what originated the phrase. I think that they are awesome and the project uses different hand-building techniques and out-of-the-box finishing materials. 

We started with a pinch pot base and shaped and modelled with art materials and clay tools. After a bisque firing, we used oil pastels to add color to the surface. Next, we used black tempera paint to cover the fish and wiped away the excess with a damp paper towel. The paint left in the recessed areas really made the details pop. I finished each off with a coat of glossy clear acrylic. Perfect for a slippery, wet fish.

Fourth graders finished up their printing unit with some time for reflection on their own work followed by a gallery walk critique of their classmates' prints. They did a great job with positive and constructive comments.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Printing, Printing, Printing 2.0

Spring weather sends us outside for fun in the sun and opportunities to see the cold world around us warm up and wake up, including the little things that crawl and flit around the blooming flowers. 

In the art room, we were inspired by these tiny creatures and decided to create a series of prints with bugs as the star. Fourth grade students worked with different colored papers and inks to see how colors and contrast can affect the final prints. After all the printing is complete, we will learn how to number, title and sign our series.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

YAM Comes to an End

It has been another great Youth Art Month.
Wings inspired by Kelsey Montague and

We kicked off with the Oconee County Schools Youth Art Show at OCAF  and celebrated Fine Arts Night at the school. Third, fourth and fifth grades created some awesome clay pieces and first and second grade took a walk on the wild side with jungle landscapes inspired by Henri Rousseau. Now, we are all ready for a much needed spring break. 
  I will apologize for this post having so many pics, but there were too many awesome works (and this is just a few :) I should work on my photography and lighting skills because these photos do not do justice to these art works.

Fifth grade projects were inspired by face jugs and the Meaders family of North Georgia.

March comes in like a lion . . .

Fourth grade thumb puppets were inspired
 by Georgia potters Carolyn Simmons and Barry Gregg.

Yes! This is a happy narwhal :)

Third grade cup cake boxes were inspired
 by Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Second grade mixed tints and shades of the jungle.
This is detail of a larger work.

First grade landscapes depicted the jungle and colors creating moods.