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Friday, October 17, 2014

3 - Animal Collages

The 3rd graders were presented with a shape. Their task was to transform that shape into an animal. They could cut and add other smaller paper to their animal, but they could not modify the original shape. They also used a marker to accentuate some of the features. The rule of thumb with the marker is "less is more." I don't usually like aphorisms, but this one really fits well. I am really impressed with how the 3rd graders took a random shape and transformed it in ways I never expected.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KL - Self-Portraits

The kindergarten class made beautiful self-portraits. They started with permenant marker. Then they colored with waterbased markers. They then used wet brushes to activate the markers turning them into watercolor paints.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

2W - Fish Observation and Invent-A-Fish

The second graders started this project by doing a careful observation drawing of a fish of their choice. They looked at photographs and noticed the shape and positioning of the features of their fish. Then we talked about the common characteristics of all of their fish. Now, using the common characteristics, they are inventing fish. The observation drawing was research for their invented fish. Now they are proceeding knowledgeably about fish as they create. Their Invent-A-Fish will be ink with watercolor.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

8th - Anamorphic Infinity

The 8th grade at the end of the year created this striking anamorphic artwork. Anamorphic artwork is a piece of artwork that "works" when viewed from a specific location. This infinity sign looks distorted from every other angle except from one specific spot. It was really fun to see the 8th graders working together to figure out how to get the image to look just right. Click "more" to see pictures of them putting it up with blue painter's tape. Also, see a super fast video of the artwork being dismantled.

Monday, August 25, 2014

5th - Altered Books

The 5th grade did these amazing altered books. They had to cut, glue, paint, and generally transform a book into a sculpture using only the book itself and some wire, glue, and paint. Transformation of this nature requires an imagination to see the possibilities inherent in the very familiar object of a book. Take a close look at these very imaginative projects.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

5 - Monsters Invade Iconic Buildings

Oh no! It has happened again. First, it was the second graders discovering historical photos of Charlottesville being invaded by monsters. Now those monsters have taken over several iconic buildings throughout the world. The 5th graders discovered these when they were researching using ink on photographs. The world will never be the same.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2 - Collage Paintings

The second graders made these amazing collage paintings by first painting, filling the whole board (we used cardboard). Then they added collage elements like paper and fabric. Then they painted again partially covering what they had done before. There was a wonderful back and forth as they continued to layer new layers on top of old. The pieces became more and more rich with history.

Monday, July 28, 2014

2 - Architectural Drawings

Check out these rocking architectural drawings that the second grade made. They chose one of four photos (the Taj Mahal, The Chrysler Building, Monticello, and Saint Basil's Cathedral (Moscow)). We discussed how to see the smaller shapes within the big shape. This was a great exercise, and the kids did really well.

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