All About Pattern and Color

What to do with six back-to-back 25 minute art classes?  Grades K-5 created these awesome pattern drawings during our September early release half-day.  It turned out to be a relaxing morning of art making…my kiddos came in, sat down, and just added patterns and colors to large drawings of leaves, pumpkins, and other designs.  They were free to wander from table to table, choosing the drawings that they wanted to work on…kind of like adding color to giant coloring book pages!  As one of my kinders said: “This is fun, Mrs. B, we should do this every day in art!”.

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Here’s a little video of our morning in the art room.

Galler Houses

Third Grade artists have been working on a colorful architecture project in the style of American folk artist Heather Galler.  They learned that Galler is inspired by the things she loves, including animals, flowers, and houses.  After examining Galler’s house paintings from the New Orleans French Quarter and noticing the many details on these beautiful homes, they created their own “double gallery” New Orleans houses.

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Georgetown Galler inspired houses – aren’t they fabulous?

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See more of our 3rd Grade Galler Houses at our ARTSONIA on line art gallery here.

I CAN:  tell a friend three facts about New York folk artist Heather Galler; create an architectural house drawing in the style of Galler; Use color, line, shape, and pattern in my work.

 

 

 

 

Two More…

Almost forgot about these little beauties!  First grade artists explored PATTERN as they created these sweet pattern owls.

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Second graders reviewed primary and secondary colors and fine tuned their color mixing skills as they mixed green, purple, orange, and brown to create gorgeous ears of fall Indian corn.

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See more of these projects at our on-line art gallery, ARTSONIA.

Fifth Graders Explore Metal Repousse

Fifth Grade artists learned about metal repousse, the ancient art of embossing or pressing shapes into metal.

Embossing the metal foil

Embossing the metal foil

After embossing their designs, they wiped India Ink on the surface to bring out the textures and patterns.

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

They finished their piece by extending their patterns from the foil onto black paper.

Some students preferred the shiny surface instead of their india ink side…they chose which side to display.

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Thanks to the March 1999 Arts And Activities magazine for this project idea.  

Third Grade Architecture Study

Third grade artists have begun their study of Middle Eastern Art, our Cultural Focus for this school year.  We began by comparing and contrasting Middle Eastern architecture with buildings that we are familiar with here in Michigan.  Everyone was fascinated by the domes and arched doors of the Middle Eastern mosques, and could hardly wait to begin their own drawings, especially the fantastic “onion domes” that look like Hershey kisses.

Since I really wanted the beautiful drawings to stand out, we added our color to the background – with great results!

 

This project was inspired by “Fireworks” on Kajakas’ Photostream via Flickr.  See it here.

 

One more fun collage with circle close ups.

Sippin’ Hot Chocolate in the Art Room!

What could be better on a cold snowy day than a cup of hot chocolate?  My talented Fifth Grade artists drew beautiful cups of steaming hot chocolate, concentrating on pattern and color as they created their designs.

And the really fun part of this project….Mrs. Brouwer stirring up cups of hot chocolate for everyone to sip on as they worked.  We were using scented markers, but the hot chocolate wafting through the room smelled WAY better!

This project was inspired by Heather Galler on Etsy.