STEAM and ART = BEAUTY!

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!

 

Imaginary Trees

Third grade artists are reviewing some of the skills and techniques they learned this year, including overlapping and color blending, while creating these creative imaginary trees.

They also got to work on their “art critique” skills as they examined and discussed several works of art featuring trees and landscapes.  Their favorite part of the critique was deciding what pieces were their favorite (and least favorite!) and explaining their decision.

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The Georgia Project

Fifth Grade artists have been learning about the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who was known for her large flower paintings.  This year we focused on her beautiful desert paintings that included bleached cow skulls.  Just like O’Keeffe, my 5th graders were intrigued to discover the beauty and life in the bleached bones.  I was surprised to learn that many of my students collect deer skulls and the bleached bones of smaller critters; several students brought in bones from their collections to share with their classmates.

Our study inspired these beautiful creations – skulls carefully drawn in pencil, gorgeous chalk landscapes, and carefully placed silk flowers to finish the “Georgia Project”.

 

O’Keeffe skull paintings – our inspiration!  We began with these beautiful pencil drawings.

  

Next step – chalk desert landscapes

Putting it all together – with carefully placed flowers.

   

Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to learn more about O’Keeffe!

See our O’Keeffe inspired chalk flowers created by 5th graders last year here.

Super Spirals

Fifth graders have been learning about the work of Austrian artist Hundertwasser, who was obsessed with SPIRALS!  After painting a colorful striped background, they created these beautiful yarn spiral “lollipop flowers” in the style of Hundertwasser.

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 Painted backgrounds, ready for spirals.

 Glueing yarn spirals – such concentration for my chatty 5th graders!

  Love these beautiful spirals!

 Finished Spiral Landscape

Parents, these pieces can be found in our on-line art gallery at ARTSONIA!

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.

Hundertwasser Landscapes

Fifth Grade artists began looking at the work of Austrian painter and architect Hundertwasser.    We looked at some images from his book, Hundertwasser for Kids, including one of my favorite landscapes.

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After a review of warm colors, we began painting our own Hundertwasser – inspired landscapes.

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Next week we’ll add black acrylic stems, focusing on Hundertwasser’s love of spirals as we paint.  The last step will be adding fabric circles to complete the landscape.  Here’s my sample – check back next week for our completed student pieces – I think they’ll be beautiful!

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Second Grade Landscapes

Second grade artists have been reviewing landscapes this past week – new words for our Word Wall include: collage, foreground, middleground, and background!  First we tore map pages from an old atlas – and spent some time exploring different parts of the world.  (I’m so glad my students find maps as fascinating as I do!)  We glued a layer of tissue paper over the maps for a “cloudy” look – then added cut paper birds and “doughnut flowers” colored with permanent markers.  The finished pieces make me think of summer birds preparing to migrate south – and studying their route on a map!

Bird Landscape

Bird Landscape