Friday, April 17, 2015

2nd - Sally's Adventure: A Story Written and Illustrated Backwords

The 2nd Graders started this project by illustrating a page in a book that hadn't been written yet. They got an image of a character named Sally to somehow incorporate into the image. Once the illustrations were complete small groups worked together to create a story from their images. It was certainly challenging to cobble together a coherent story from the disparate illustrations, but these young artists are persistent and very skilled problem solvers. Each story has wit and charm.

Read the stories here:
2W stories
2F stories

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1st - Working on Deep Collages

The 1st graders are working on a mixed media project that focuses on layers and transparency. Oh, and it is so much fun. There are four stations in the room: two paint stations, and two collage stations. They work for 4 minutes at each station. When the timer goes off they move to the net station. The students really loosen up and allow the artworks to be serendipitous creations that flow without a plan. Did I mention that they are gorgeous?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

KL - Mixing Colors

The Kindergarten artists learned about mixing colors. We used the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.They had so much fun discovering new colors. They painted line printing pieces of buildings that they did a month ago.

Monday, April 13, 2015

KL - The Baby Jaguar's Adventure

The kindergarteners wrote and illustrated this whole story. They came up with the characters and the setting. Then they took turns telling the story. Oh man, they got into the story. There was just so much to tell that the story got super long. Then they had the task of illustrating their super long story. Each student illustrated several pages of the story. They worked really hard to keep the characters' looks consistent from illustrator to illustrator. To read the story, click "more", then click on the cover image to the left. You can then navigate through the book with full screen images.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

KB - The Great Battle

The kindergarteners wrote and illustrated this whole story. They came up with the characters and the setting. Then they took turns telling the story. Oh man, they got into the story. There was just so much to tell that the story got super long. Then they had the task of illustrating their super long story. Each student illustrated several pages of the story. They worked really hard to keep the characters' looks consistent from illustrator to illustrator. To read the story, click "more", then click on the cover image to the left. You can then navigate through the book with full screen images.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

KB - Painting: Mixing Colors

 The Kindergarten artists learned about mixing colors. We used the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.They had so much fun discovering new colors. They painted line printing pieces of buildings that they did a month ago.

Monday, March 16, 2015

2nd - Animal Masks

 The amazing 2nd graders made these superb animal masks using paper mache. First, they drew their plan. Then, they constructed an armature using basket making reeds. This was like a skeletal structure for the mask. After applying paper mache, they painted their masks. It was a complex and challenging process that the 2nd graders excelled at.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

7B - Cylinder Observation/Invention Paintings

The 7th grade artists started with observational paintings of cylinders. Then they employed their imaginations to transform the cylinder into something somewhat cylindrical like a coffee mug, a robot, and a squirrel head. They had to considered very technical aspects about how light would fall on a particular object and how to handle paint for a particular kind of surface.

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