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Thursday, January 5, 2012

January is SPACE month!

The days are getting longer, and time is certainly flying by! I cannot believe that 2012 is upon us! Hopefully everyone had a restful holiday. I know I did, but I am excited to be back and making art with your kiddos! Our focus for art in January is the idea of space and composition. The Massachusetts Arts  Curriculum Frameworks states that, For space and composition, explore composition by creating artwork with a center of interest, repetition, and/or balance. Demonstrate an understanding of foreground, middle ground, and background.”  Students at all levels will be creating art focused on this understanding.

Kindergarten will be focused on the idea of overlapping to create depth on a 2D surface. We will read a variety of stories focused on winter, hibernation, and bears. Then, we will create a variety of scenes using these ideas. We will also learn about the various January celebrations, such as Chinese New Year, Twelfth Night, and MLK day.

First graders will be introduced to Impressionism through tempera paint. Students will paint an Impressionist background and overlap birch trees. They will also practice the short strokes of Impressionists through the use of pastels. They will create a fireworks drawing to bring in the new year. Lastly, students will be introduced to the idea of still life through creating their own still life collage.

Two artists, Piet Mondrian and David Hockney, will be studied by the second grade. Students will use primary colors to design a Mondrian-style winter hat. Then, students will create landscape collages with tissue paper inspired by Hockney.

Third grade will learn about creating depth in a composition through the study of Henri Rousseau and Joseph Stella. They will create depth through overlapping in a collage, and then learn about emphasis and developing a center of interest by creating an abstract design like Stella.

A beautiful watercolor landscape with birch trees will be created by our fourth graders. They will learn about the wet-on-wet watercolor technique to create atmospheric perspective in their work. Center of interest will be reinforced by a study of movement in Edgar Degas’s paintings.

Creating space and emphasis through enlargement of an image will be the fifth grade focus as they paint large snowmen in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. This assignment also allows them to experiment with color mixing. Designing a JRB yearbook cover will be the second space and composition activity as they learn to lead the viewer’s eye to a center of interest.

As you can see, we have a busy month ahead of us, and as always, tons of fun! Be sure to visit the art blog for regular updates and images of student activities in the art room. Thank you again to all of my art room volunteers for your help in planning and execution of my lessons. Contact me if you are interested in volunteering. Stay Creative! :)

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