A few weeks ago, I realized that I had not given my 4th grade artists a chance to work “really big” this year – probably because my 4th grade groups are so large – 30 kids is a bunch of artists to “go big”! So we began the Big Fish project – a review of [...]
Archive for May, 2011
Georgetown Elementary recently hosted visiting students and staff from Raey Guang, our sister school in Pingtung City, Taiwan. Last year we began a tradition of sending a student art piece home to Taiwan with our friends, and we were excited to send another Georgetown student work of art to Taiwan again this year. We presented [...]
Our third grade artists learn about Leonardo DaVinci and his famous Mona Lisa painting as part of their curriculum. I’ve done a number of different art projects with them as we study DaVinci. This year we created Mini Mona necklaces and Cat Mona Lisas. Mini Mona Lisa Necklaces Cat Mona Lisas
My kinders have been working on two projects during the month of May. We reviewed pattern as we created these cool caterpillars. We also reviewed shapes as we created these people by printing with bottle caps and other gadgets – and then colored our people with crayons.
Critics of the Op Art movement said that it “jangled the nerves and assaulted the eyeballs”! Our 5th Grade display of Op Art in the art room entry hallway is having the same effect on everyone who enters the art room – it is pretty jazzy stuff!
I love reading to my artists, and we often find inspiration for our artwork from books we look at in the art room. One of my book-inspired projects caught the eye of Angie Miles at Happy Reading, a website devoted to literacy. Angie interviewed me about a Lois Ehlert art project that I created with [...]
Howdy! My first grade artists have been enjoying this project. We’ve been reading stories about cowboys and cowgirls – Knowlton’s Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On is a new favorite – as we work on our drawings. We drew with big permanent markers on shiny fingerpaint paper – then colored with crayons and permanent [...]
My second grade artists have been looking at the story quilts created by Faith Ringgold. They especially enjoyed seeing her “Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles” and finding another artist we’ve recently studied, Vincent Van Gogh! We created “mini quilts” by weaving paper strips, decorating our “quilts” with patterns, and writing about ourselves and our work [...]
This is the time of year when my 5th graders really need some challenges to help them stay on task in the art room – spring fever has really settled in for them! This Op Art project kept them busy and on task. We looked at Op Art by several artists, including Bridget Riley and [...]
Fifth grade artists recently finished these expressive model magic faces. We looked at the art of Cree and Shoshone Indian artist Sarain Stump and then created these faces that showed an emotion of their choice. They then added symbols around their portraits to add emphasis to their work.