Kindergarten Snails

Kindergarten artists worked with Model Magic to create these wonderful snails. The artists had so much fun coloring their white model magic with markers before creating their snails. Students learned how to knead the marker color into their clay to create bright colors. They also worked on rolling the clay into a ball and creating a coil to make the shell of the snail.

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The snails looked beautiful displayed in the glass cases at school. Great job Kindergarten artists!

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Fifth Grade Chancay Figures

Fifth Grade artists learned about the ancient kingdom of Chancay, a Pre-Columbian civilization located along the coast of Peru.  Our artists created model magic figurines that were inspired by the ceramics made by the Chancay people.

150px-Idolo_Cultura_Chancay Clay idol from the Chancay culture.

IMG_2777 They began with “thumbnail” sketches in their sketchbooks.

IMG_2768 Creating the background – a bit of recycle art with cardboard and some awesome texture made from a donation of window shade samples.

IMG_2765 IMG_2766 IMG_2767 IMG_2774Creating and painting the Chancay figures using Model Magic.  Students recalled our earlier color unit and talked about Earth tones and neutral colors.

IMG_2792 IMG_2793 IMG_2794 IMG_2795Finished pieces.  Aren’t they wonderful?

Michigan Visual Arts Standards: 

Compare and contrast works of art as belonging to
particular cultures, times, and places.  

Demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts
interrelate in making and studying works of art.

 

Ribbit! Monet’s Frogs

Georgetown’s first grade artists recently finished these cute froggies after learning about the work of Claude Monet.  They were inspired by Geraldine Eischner’s book, “Where is the Frog?” and enjoyed looking for Antoinette the frog hiding in Monet’s famous water lily paintings.

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First graders created a watery “Monet style” background, then cut out their frog drawings and glued them to their beautiful backgrounds.  The final step was adding a gorgeous water lily flower  – created from model magic with a fancy bead in the center.

Ooh-La-La!

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Special thanks to Mrs. Seitz over at Forest Grove’s “Art With Mrs. Seitz” for this project inspiration!

 

Claude Monet’s Frogs

First grade artists have been learning about the Impressionist work of Claude Monet.  As they examined Monet’s Japanese Bridge painting, they all wondered….where are the frogs on the lily pads?!

So…we created lily pads, blending our colors so it looked like the sun was shining on them, just like Monet might do.  They added little tissue paper flowers, and finished with these too-cute-for-words frogs.

Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge”

Making just the right shade of “froggy green”.

    

Thanks to Pam over at Panther’s Palette for this project inspiration, my 1st graders loved it!

Kindergarten Snowmen

There isn’t any snow for us to go outside and build a snowman, so why not build a snowman in the art room? That is exactly what the Kindergarten artists did! Students had a fun class exploring with model magic to create their snowmen. They turned out so cute, and now they can say they built a snowman this winter!

Oink!

I am in love with my sweet first grade artists!  We began our first big art project by exploring lots of media – markers, crayons, watercolor, ink pens, and Model Magic.  They enjoyed reading books about farm animals and learning about the critters on my farm – and their “Pig in a Puddle” pieces are spectacular.

   Coloring Barns

  OINK!

 Pig in a Puddle

  

  Model Magic pigs – too cute for words!

Thanks to my art pals over at Jamestown Elementary for this project inspiration!

Third Grade Coil Pots

My third grade artists always learn coil pot building for their clay project.  This year I switched it up a bit, and the coil pots became bird nests.  We squeezed “twigs” through garlic presses to finish the tops of our pots – this was a big hit with my third graders!

  glazing our nests

Bird Nests fresh from the kiln.

Of course, what’s a nest without a bird and some eggs?  So we created some sweet little birds from Model Magic to live in our nests.

  We colored the model magic by dabbing it with blue markers, then mixing it until we got just the right shade of blue.

Forming a bird

waiting for eyes and beak to be painted

eggs in nest – cute even without the bird!

 

 

 

Mentor Day

Today I had the pleasure of sitting in a cushy chair and watching someone else work!  I visited my mentee, Mrs. Nienhouse, at South Elementary and enjoyed seeing her work some art magic with her students.  We had a fun morning, and I was impressed with Mrs. Nienhouse’s planned projects AND her fabulous students.  Here’s a look at some of the things they are working on – couldn’t resist showing them off!

model magic turtle

pinch pot – painting with complementary colors

chalk landscapes

Here are some completed projects from the hallway displays.

  beautiful birch trees!

Matisse collage

Egyptian portraits

Cities with Van Gogh sky

Nice work, Mrs. Nienhouse!  Thanks for letting me visit today.