Welcome to the JRB art blog! If you are a parent, I hope seeing what we are creating in class will help you discuss your child's artwork with them!
If you are another art teacher, feedback is welcome! Whoever you are, please leave a comment!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fourth Grade Sonia Delauney Oil Pastel Drawings

Fourth grade is studying tertiary colors and symmetry by focusing on the art of Sonia Delauney.

First Grade Winslow Homer Paintings

First grade has been working on watercolor seascapes. They are coming out beautifully!

Fourth Grade Giacometti Figures

Fourth graders worked hard on their papier mache figures.
They've turned out spectacularly, and are on display in the main lobby.

Fifth Grade Totem Poles

The fifth grade totem poles are on display now!
Come in and see what all of their creativity and hard work has led to!

Kindergarten Bottle Cap Mural

Although I haven't quite figured out how to hang it, the beautiful bottle cap mural is complete!
The students had a ton of fun completing it! Thank you for all of your donations!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April is COLOR Month!

What better time of year to begin the exploration of color than the beginning of Spring! The Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks states that, For color, [students will] explore and experiment with the use of color in dry and wet media; identify primary and secondary  colors and gradations of black, white and gray in the environment and artwork; explore how color can convey mood and emotion.”  Students at all levels will be creating art focused on this understanding.

The kindergarten classes have been studying color for a few weeks. They learned about primary and secondary colors, and created a Book of Color which you may have seen come home already. We read the book Chameleon’s Colors and drew our own chameleons, giving them creative colors. Students also learned the acronym ROY G. BIV to help them remember the colors of the rainbow. This week students did some color matching as they created their bottle cap mural. I hope to have it hanging in the lobby by the end of the week.

First graders will be studying the art of Winslow Homer, an artist famous for his beautiful seascapes. He used WARM and COOL colors in his work, which the children will learn through viewing a slideshow of his art. They will then create their own seascapes through the use of multiple media including watercolor, crayon, and popsicle sticks.

The second grade students will be reading the book Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle to learn about Goethe’s color theory and COMPLEMENTARY colors. Then, they will create a color wheel pizza in marker and crayon.

COMPLEMENTARY colors will be reinforced with the third grade as they study the work of artist Vincent van Gogh. The artist used complementary colors in his work, and students will create a still life using oil pastels based on one of his paintings.

Artist Sonia Delauney will be the inspiration for symmetrical circle designs created by fourth graders using oil pastels. This project will also support math concepts currently being studied in their regular classes.

Fifth graders will continue working in the 3rd dimension as they begin to explore clay. They will create textured clay houses, which will be fired in the kiln and glazed during the next rotation. Glazing will support our study of color concepts.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone to check out the art blog at http://jrbriggsart.blogspot.com/. I have made many changes and additions to the blog throughout the year, and it is an exciting place to get art news and see what is going on in your child’s classes. You can view any slide show that your student has seen in class with the links listed on the blog. There are also a variety of art related online activities for students to check out. I hope seeing what we are creating in class will help you discuss your child's artwork with him/her! Please feel free to leave comments or questions as well.

Have a wonderful Spring vacation, and don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. You can find Earth Day related activies and links at http://www.earthday.org/2012.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Don't Forget Your Bottle Caps!

Attention Kindergarten parents (and anyone else collecting bottle caps for us!) ~ Don't forget to send your caps in ASAP, as the kindergarten is making their mural TOMORROW! Thanks soooooo much! :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Look! It's a Lego Mini-Me!

I found this great site tonight that lets you make yourself into a lego figure! Here I am:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Secondary Snakes

The first graders have been working hard on creating papier mache snakes, and they are so proud of their efforts! Students used secondary colors to paint their snakes, then added glitter and google eyes for fun! You will see many of these works at the JRB Community Arts Night on June 7th!