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.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Youth Art Month 2017

                 YAM is always one of my favorite times of the year. I will admit, it is also one 
of my most stressful but well worth it in the end. 

The art of one of our first grade students was selected to don the banner that will be used for the next few years. Yay!!
We have two annual art shows in March. The first is at OCAF with a wonderful opening reception for artists, families and friends. This year's show includes artworks from around 250 students from the public and private schools in Oconee County and is up through the 23rd of March.

MBES also got a little love from OCAF on social media. A huge thank you to the OCAF staff, board, members and supporters for this great event.

The second event is Fine Arts Night at MBES. This year it will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 5:30 to 7:30. There will be several activities, performances and presentations for families to enjoy and participate. The centerpiece will be the Artome art show where more than 600 Kindergarten through fifth grade student artworks will be on exhibit in the cafeteria. Families are invited to attend the show and have the option to buy the frame and take the artwork home to display. 

Here I am meeting with some third grade "teachers in the making" who will have an art activity designed for our younger visitors at Fine Arts Night.

Landscape inspired by Georgia Folk Artist, Mattie Lou O'Kelley

Looking forward to seeing all our families and another great evening celebrating the arts!    #mbesocart

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spring is in the Air

General Beauregard Lee, Georgia's ground hog, did not see his shadow earlier this month. With the forecast for the upper 70's this week, it definitely feels like spring. The animals are waking up in the art room. First grade classes learned about the Georgia folk artist John "Cornbread" Anderson. Just a short drive north will put you in the North Georgia Mountains and Lumpkin county, the home of Cornbread. We enjoyed how he painted animals that he saw around the farm and in the forest near where he lived. His big-eyed quirky animals helped us to appreciate that art does have to be serious and stuffy. 

We also enjoyed the story and silly animal illustrations of Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley. 

This is the beginning of a second grade project studying the French artist Henri Rousseau. Like the folk artists, he was self-taught and his work is often described as naive or child-like. Rousseau is credited to say, "Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see." Like Rousseau, we drew from a photograph of the jungle (he never actually went either) and listened to tropical sounds as we drew and painted. We will learn to mix tints, shades and tertiary colors as we complete this background and then add pop-out animals. I'll post those later.