Our first big art projects this year are all about NAMES! Each grade level is learning a different way to write their names – 1st and 2nd grades are learning BUBBLE LETTERS, 3rd is learning BLOCK LETTERS, and grades 4 and 5 are learning how to write their name in CURSIVE. Students then added the art elements of line, shape, and color to turn their names into a work of art.
Grades 1 & 2 bubble letter designs
Grade 3 block letter designs
Grade 4 cursive writing designs
Grade 5 cursive writing designs
We also spent some time looking at how other artists use words and letters in their art pieces. We looked at the words that Faith Ringgold includes around her Story Quilts.
Andy Warhol’s “100 Cans” and Juan Miro’s Hirondelle/Amour also brought some interesting discussions about words found in art.
“I Can” Goals:
I can write my name in block, bubble, or cursive letters.
I can talk about different works of art.
I can use the art elements of line, shape, and color to create a work of art using my own name.
We are finishing up some great projects in our art room! Fourth graders have been revisiting a favorite artist, Faith Ringgold – and have created these beautiful self-portraits. My favorite part of this project is reading what they wrote about themselves below their portraits – such a fun way for me to get to know them all a little bit better! (click on the images to see what they wrote!)
First graders have completed a little pattern project – Beetle Bop Bugs. This project gave them a chance to show Mrs. Brouwer their direction following and cutting skills…not to mention getting to use those fancy paper punches! First graders learned that the paper punch can be a little tricky to use!
Second grade artists have been looking at the sunflowers painted by Vincent Van Gogh as they created their own beautiful sunflowers.
We love these new Crayola crayons…so many beautiful colors all rolled in to one fancy twistee crayon.
Parents….the 1st grade Beetle Bop project and the 2nd grade Sunflowers are in Georgetown’s ARTSONIA on-line art gallery – visit the gallery HERE.
Second grade artists have been studying the work of American artist Faith Ringgold. They were intrigued by her famous Story Quilts and enjoyed reading the story and words that surround her quilts.
Ringgold – “The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles”
Second graders learned how to weave paper to create their “quilt” and added stories about themselves to finish the piece. They created a giant cover to hold their weavings, and took them home – just in time for Mother’s Day!
Ringgold – Story Quilt
Ringgold – Story Quilt
Our Georgetown students are excited about some special guests that are coming to our school in June – elementary students from our sister school at Raey Guang in Pingtung City, Taiwan! Some of our students are blog pen-pals and have been learning all about life in Taiwan.
Our art students wanted to create a special gift for our guests. The challenge: create something small and lightweight that would easily fit into a small suitcase filled with other treasures accumulated during the trip to the United States. And of course, our gift should be really cool too!
Our fourth grade artists were inspired by the fabric story quilts created by Faith Ringgold….and our little wearable art pins made from felt scraps, sequins, and tacky glue are the result.
Here are a few….I love them, don’t you? Our artists made two pins – one to keep, and one to give as a gift.