Fourth Grade Highway And Byways

Paul Klee’s “Highway and Byways” was the inspiration for these pieces created by our Fourth Grade artists.

Paul Klee "Highway and Byways"

Paul Klee “Highway and Byways”

This project also focused on our school-wide goal of improving student math number sense with a deeper understanding of fractions. Fourth grade students used their knowledge of fractions to divide their paper space into halves, thirds, and fourths.  They chose a warm or cool color palette and used watercolor to fill in their spaces.  The finished pieces are a reflection of their use of color, shape, line, and of course…fractions!

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See more of this project at our Artsonia on-line art museum.

And – special thanks to Miriam at Arteascuola for this project idea!

Roy G. Biv

First grade artists wrapped up their color unit with a little rainbow order project and Mr. Roy G. Biv.  They painted their little birdies in rainbow order, and LOVED their Roy G. Biv bracelets!

 

Thanks to my fellow bloggers for these project ideas:

Rain bow birds – The Painter’s Palette

Roy G. Biv Bracelets and Template – FunArt4Kids

 

Picasso Portraits

First grade artists learned about the art of Pablo Picasso and had fun exploring shapes as they painted these fun portraits.  They also got a chance to demonstrate their understanding of warm and cool colors as they painted.

We did this project a couple of years ago – see it here – but this year my kiddos painted the black lines instead of using black oil pastels; the lines look much nicer on this project.  We also added white printed “snow” for background interest.

The Button Project

Georgetown artists in grades 1-3 began their first project of the school year with a fun little line, shape, and color review – The Button Project.  Their designs began with a button or fuzzy pom-pom of their choice; they then created a radial design using lines and shapes around their buttons and pom-poms.  Check out their fabulous designs!

      

The button project was inspired by a project from the blog Fine Lines – see it here. 

First Grade Fauvists

What would you think if you woke up one morning and looked out the window…and the sky was green, the trees were blue, and the grass was…purple!  First grade artists were tickled pink to learn about the way the Fauvist artists played with color, using strong, bright colors in unusual ways.

Here are some of our Fauvist landscapes.  First graders had a blast playing with new color combinations as they painted.

First Graders Meet Roy G. Biv

First graders began exploring color this week by meeting….Roy G. Biv.  As they created their own Rainbow Roys, they became experts at recognizing the colors of the rainbow – Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Indigo-Violet!

  Check out the rainbow order teeth!

Color Mixing – Painting Roy’s Hair

This lesson is borrowed from Mrs. Bumgardner’s 1st Grade Classroom BlogThanks Mrs. B. for inspiring a new way to teach the colors of the rainbow!

 

Fourth Grade Feather Masks

Fourth Grade artists have been reviewing the art elements of line, shape, color, and texture as they create these great feather masks.  They also brushed up on their shading skills as they explored color combinations for their feathers.

Everyone enjoyed looking through my feather collection for pattern and color ideas!

Fifth Grade Silhouettes

Fifth Grade artists have been reviewing the art elements as they design their silhouettes.  After briefly discussing silhouettes and recalling that the traditional silhouette is an outline without features on the inside, we began jazzing up our own silhouettes.  I traced each student’s features and then they got busy using shape, color, line, and texture to fill in their silhouette.

  Traditional Silhouette

  I was thrilled to see many of my 5th graders refer to their sketchbooks for Zentangle ideas to fill their silhouettes.

A few finished pieces – they all turned out so great!  This is a project that I haven’t done in a number of years – my 5th graders really enjoyed working on their silhouettes.

First Graders Explore Picasso

First Grade artists have been learning about Pablo Picasso and cubism.  We found many shapes and colors in Picasso’s “Three Musicians” painting – and everyone enjoyed finding the dog hidden with the musicians!

Three Musicans by Pablo Picasso

We created our own versions of the Three Musicians, adding texture to our background and lots of colorful shapes.