Georgetown’s Art and Steam teachers collaborated on a very cool project. Our Kinders and First graders were challenged in Mrs. Totten’s STEAM Studio to design and build their perfect paint brush. (See the project in STEAM class here.) They thought about the kinds of marks they wanted to make with their brushes and created brushes that would dab, draw, and make different types of lines.
STEAM Brushes – ready to paint.
Their colorful brushes were put to the test in Mrs. Brouwer’s art class. First grade artists created an abstract landscape with their newly built brushes.
First step – a little texture rubbing.
Step two – putting those brushes to work with paint!
A little black paint to outline – and beautiful landscapes by First Graders are complete.
Kindergarten artists were also excited to create with their STEAM brushes. We explored the work of Eric Carle, and created a background of water for our darling Eric Carle inspired yellow ducks.
We wrapped up our Steam/Art Brush Project with a discussion about the brushes and how well they worked. Our First Grade and Kindergarten students had some great ideas to improve their brushes, including using clothes pins to hold cotton balls on the brushes so they could change the cotton balls when they got gooey with paint. Many wanted to go back to Steam class and figure out ways they could design ways to clean their brushes to re-use them, along with attaching more objects to the brush to make different painted lines. This was a great thinking + creating project, with beautiful results!
Kindergarten artists learned about landscapes while creating these sweet little snowscapes. They also learned a fancy new art word: collage – meaning “to glue” in French!
Find more of our “Let It Snow” collages at Georgetown’s ARTSONIA art gallery here.
Thanks to Krokotak for this Snowy Day Collage project!
The cultural focus this year in art class is Asia, and the Kindergarteners are focusing on the country of India. There is a tradition in India that happens every year called the Elephant Festival. The elephants are painted with beautiful colors and designs. The students learned interesting facts about elephants from India and compared them to elephants from Africa. Did you know that elephants from India are smaller than elephants from Africa? The artists created their own elephants by sponge painting gray paper to create texture that looked like wrinkly elephant skin. They used their painted paper to create these wonderful elephants. Their favorite part was picking out the beautiful jewel for their elephant to wear on it’s head.
This project was inspired by the elephant project from the blog ‘Art with Mr. Giannetto.’
I can create texture.
I can create a collage.
After learning about the life and art of Henri Rousseau, 2nd graders at Georgetown created these ferocious tigers in the style of Rousseau. They learned that Rousseau liked to paint jungle scenes with wild animals even though he had never been to the jungle or had ever seen a wild animal. First the artists drew the tiger and painted it. Then they painted and cut out flowers and leaves to create a jungle scene. These tigers turned out great even though none of these artists had ever been to the jungle either!
See more of our ferocious tigers at our Artsonia On-Line Art Gallery!
There are lots of tiger projects out there on art blogs – we’d like to thank Alum Creek Elementary School’s Artsonia page for our project inspiration! See their page here.
Second grade artists have been exploring the collage art of Henri Matisse. They learned that in 1949, Matisse began one of the greatest projects of his life…a chapel for the Dominican sisters in the town of Vence, France. He designed every part of the Chapelle du Rosaire, including the beautiful stained glass windows. Our Matisse window collages are inspired by his “Christmas Eve” piece, and the second graders worked hard to create an eye path, using color and shape, that leads the eye around the collage.
Matisse Window “Christmas Eve”
As our assessment for this project, second graders did a “Gallery Walk” around the room, admiring each other’s work. They wrote comments about the pieces they were viewing, and there were great conversations about eye path, shape, and color!
Georgetown second grade artists have been exploring the work of French artist Henri Matisse. They loved his beautiful painting of The Goldfish Bowl, and were excited to create a similar piece using Matisse’s cut paper collage style.
Matisse – The Goldfish Bowl
Beginning the collage background
Adding goldfish to painted fishbowls
Completed pieces – bright and beautiful. Parents – your child’s Matisse collage can also be found on Georgetown’s Artsonia gallery! Visit our Artsonia Gallery here.
Special thanks to the blog, Wilder Paint Splatters for the Matisse inspiration!
Second grade artists have been learning about Henri Matisse and his beautiful cut paper collages. They created their own cut paper collage in the style of his “Beasts of the Sea” piece. They quickly became experts at cutting spirals and finding the beauty in their positive and negative cut shapes.
Matisse – Beasts of the Sea
Here are two of our collages.
I love to introduce my second graders to the concept of an “eye path” with this lesson. We talk about ways an artist can make the viewer’s eye move around the artwork – by using color and shape that is carefully placed in the picture. Then I challenge them to create an eye path of their own as they create their compositions.
This year we spent some time looking at our finished pieces and finding each others’ eye paths. The conversations at each table were absolutely fabulous – my kiddos were so excited to talk about their work to each other! We practiced first about the polite way to talk about each others work, and how we might add “constructive criticism” such as “what if you put another shape here” and “my eye wanders off the picture here, could you add another spiral to bring the eye path around the corner”…..and they did it!