Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1L - Invented Planet Paintings

The 1st graders are studying the planets in science. In art they are inventing a planet. We talked about what makes a landscape and drew a few landscapes before they invented one for a far away planet. The considered what color the sky might be and what falls from the sky. Does it need to be rain or snow? Could it be unicorns? Along with this painting they are making space suits so they can survive on their planets.

1F - Invented Planet Paintings

The 1st graders are studying the planets in science. In art they are inventing a planet. We talked about what makes a landscape and drew a few landscapes before they invented one for a far away planet. The considered what color the sky might be and what falls from the sky. Does it need to be rain or snow? Could it be unicorns? Along with this painting they are making space suits so they can survive on their planets.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

6 - Invent A Country: The Map

The 6th grade artists are inventing countries. They get to decide what kind of culture their country has, what it looks like, and how to represent it. We started by painting relief maps made of cardboard. Each student created the geography that fits the nature of the country. It is amazing how much a map reveals about the culture that lies therein.

Friday, January 22, 2016

3G - Independent Projects

The 3rd graders developed their own challenges for these projects. They were limited to a few choices of media. What turned out is an eclectic mix of strong pieces.

3G - Watercolor Paintings

Ahhh, watercolor painting. The students started with 3 random lines. Then they used those lines as a basis for their painting.

2 - Synectics Mixed Media Project

The term Synectics is from the Greek word synectikos, which means “bringing forth together,” or “bringing different things into unified connection.” Synectics is about making connections and involves the changing of things into new structures. For this project students were required to use two out of three Synectic triggers. The triggers we used are "Change Scale", "Opposite", and "Combine". The students also had a choice of multiple media to bring their creations to life. Each one of these pieces has so much story and depth. I invite you to look closely and enter the creative minds of the 2nd grade artists.

2 - Tooling Foil

The tooling foil we used is similar to thickness of an aluminum pie tin. The students made a design on paper to start. They placed their design on top of the tooling foil which was on top of a thick catalog. By pressing through their design, they created an indent on the toiling foil. Once the design was transferred, they used tooling tools to gently and firmly push the foil from the top and the bottom. Through repeated strokes with the tool, the foil bumps out significantly creating a relief sculpture. They added embellishment with permanent markers.

5 - Self-Portraits #2: Emulate an artist's style of your choice

For this group of gorgeous self-portraits, the 5th graders first chose an artist's style to emulate. They had six choices: Andy Warhol, Tatyana Abramova, Pablo Picaso, Alfons Mucha, Andrew Salgado, and Scott Gundersen. They used a photo of themselves as a source as well as studied several examples of their artist's work.

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