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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kindergarten Color Wheels

Kindergarteners read the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh as part of their study of color. Students are currently learning about primary and secondary colors and the color wheel.

After reading the book, students created Mouse Paint-inspired color wheels. Students used primary colors to create their own secondary colors. Then, they turned the colored paper into mice, added details to the face and different kinds of lines for tails!
Check them out!

Claes Oldenburg Crayons

Here are a couple of pictures of the remaining crayons from the the first graders! By special request!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fifth Grade Rope Baskets

Here are a couple of examples of this year's rope baskets, focusing on the art concept of pattern.

Papier-mâché Projects in Progress

Here is a look at the papier-mâché projects as students take them through the sculptural process.

Third grade: Giacometti-inspired figures


Fourth grade: Oaxacan-inspired animals

Fifth grade: Garden gnomes


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year All!

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable holiday with your families! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful gifts that were given before vacation. I always love to see the little faces of the children as they act the part of elf and deliver their gifts! I am so blessed to work in such a giving community.

The month of January has been filled with a study of form and three-dimensionality. Students in grades 1-5 have been studying a variety of artists and art and making artwork inspired by them.

Students in grade one studied the artwork of contemporary sculptor Claes Oldenburg. Oldenburg does artwork based on the concept of magnification. He makes huge, building –size sculptures of everyday objects. After viewing Oldenburg’s art, students learned about armatures and papier-mâché, and then created their own magnified sculptures of pencils or crayons.

Second grade learned about Navajo folk art chickens, which are sculptures of chickens made using bright colors and patterns. After making armatures from granola bar boxes, students papier-mâchédand painted. We then added straw to the sculptures for a finishing touch.

Alberto Giacometti was the inspiration for the third graders’ sculptures. Students learned that Giacometti created the human form in a unique and interesting way, which has not been recreated by any sculptor since. Each student created his/her own Giacometti-style work of art.

Fourth graders learned about the Oaxacan wood carvings of Mexico. Oaxacans created animals that were stylized through exaggeration and creative color and patterns. Students were tasked with creating a sculpture plan for an animal of their choosing, and then creating an armature based upon their design. Papier mache came next, and students will be painting their sculptures during the next rotation.

The history of garden gnomes was taught to the fifth graders before they also created a sculpture plan for their own gnome. Gnomes were to have an accessory and students had to determine what materials would best suit the creation of their gnomes. Fifth graders will also be painting their gnome sculptures during the next rotation.

Kindergarteners have finished their study of pattern and moved onto color. They began with a study of Piet Mondrian and his use of primary colors. We have continued to study primary and secondary colors, and students have been introduced to ROY G. BIV to learn the colors of the rainbow. We will continue to work with these concepts and also move onto warm and cool colors in the coming weeks.

Organic Shapes and Complementary Colors

Students in second grade studied the concept of organic shape and complementary colors, and then created an Op Art piece of artwork based on the work of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

Magic Carpet Lines

At the conclusion of their unit on lines, students created magic carpets using the different kinds of lines that they had studied.


First graders learned about shape and warm and cool colors by creating these Kandinsky-style ears of corn! Check them out!