Colorful Carpets

Fourth grade artists have been learning about the beautiful woven carpets found in the Middle Eastern countries of Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.  Inspired by these carpets, they printed shapes and patterns with black paint and then colored their carpets with bright oil pastels.

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These bold and bright colors just make me smile.


Fourth Grade Mandala Ornaments

Fourth grade artists learned about the art of drawing a mandala as part of their study of Asian art.  They can tell you that  the word ‘mandala’ in the ancient Sanskrit language means ‘circle’.  A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Indian religions and represents the universe.

Georgetown’s artists created their own mandalas, enjoying the meditative process of working from the center of the circle to the outside edges, adding pattern and shapes to create a pleasing design.

We turned our mandala art into beautiful ornaments, adding printed pine needles and a watercolor background.

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I Can: describe a mandala; create a mandala using line and shape; create a pleasing color combination using warm and cool colors.

See more of these beautiful mandalas at our ARTSONIA art gallery!

Kindergarten Paul Klee Paintings

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Kindergarten artists learned about the Swiss painter Paul Klee. They viewed his painting entitled “Castle and Sun” and discovered that he liked to use many shapes in his paintings. After identifying geometric shapes in the painting, the Kindergarteners created their own castles  and suns using the same shapes.

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Kindergarten artists learned they can print shapes using every day objects like cardboard and cups. After the shapes were printed and dried, they added color using watercolor paints.




Learning Goals –

I can learn about the artist Paul Klee.

I can print geometric shapes using everyday objects.

Mondrian + Kandinsky = ABSTRACT ART!

Fourth grade artists have really been flexing their art muscles this month!  Their latest creations combine their understanding of the abstract art of Mondrian and Kandinsky, plus their recent study of color families, AND our school goal of improving number sense and fractions.  Whew!

After viewing work by Mondrian and Kandinsky, students discussed how both artists might have divided up their picture space as they created “Broadway Boogie Woogie” and “Several Circles No. 323”.

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After folding their paper into halves, thirds, and quarters, students carefully planned where to place their lines and shapes to create a strong abstract composition.  Color was added after considering color families, and a printed border pulled their pieces together.  The final result?  Stunning!

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See more of our abstract pieces at our ARTSONIA on-line art museum!

Going In Circles With Kandinsky

Fourth grade artists have been exploring the abstract work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.  They loved watching this short video, “The Kandinsky Effect”.    They kept saying… play it again, play it again!

Inspired by Kandinsky’s “Several Circles” piece, fourth graders printed circles with black tempera paint and colored their circles with oil pastel.  We finished with a yellow watercolor background.

Kandinsky’s “Several Circles”

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Student work


This project was inspired by this post from the blog, “A Faithful Attempt” .

First Grade Architects

First graders have been learning about architecture.  We looked at lots of interesting buildings and talked about why homes in other parts of the world look different.  My smart first graders figured out that the available building materials can determine how the architecture looks, such as igloos in cold northern countries and structures made of palm leaves and sticks in tropical environments.

My architects printed with cardboard and bottle caps dipped in black tempera paint, and added color with chalk to create these beautiful buildings.

First Grade Snowmen

First Grade artists have been working on a fun little snowman project.  Last week we drew our skinny snowmen with tall hats and painted the background – reviewing our warm and cool colors of course!  This week we read a favorite snowman book – Beuhner’s  “Snowmen at Night”; colored some great patterns on our scarves and hats, and finally – a little printmaking with bottle caps and tempera paint for the snowflakes.

Thanks to Mrs. Jackson’s Art Room for this cool project idea!

Magic Carpets

Second grade artists have started to explore the art of the Middle East – our cultural focus area for this school year.  After examining Mrs. Brouwer’s carpet from Saudia Arabia, they created their own carpets by printing with tempera paint.

Mrs. Brouwer’s carpet from Saudi Arabia.  First graders were amazed at how heavy this carpet is!

Next came color with oil pastels, and the very tricky business of tying on carpet fringe.  My second graders have become experts at tying knots!


Big Fish Project

A few weeks ago, I realized that I had not given my 4th grade artists a chance to work “really big” this year – probably because my 4th grade groups are so large – 30 kids is a bunch of artists to “go big”!  So we began the Big Fish project  – a review of line, pattern, shape, color….using tempera paint and gadget printmaking.  I LOVE these – I think I will try them again next year!

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Kinders Make Caterpillars and Shape People

My kinders have been working on two projects during the month of May.  We reviewed pattern as we created these cool caterpillars.

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We also reviewed shapes as we created these people by printing with bottle caps and other gadgets – and then colored our people with crayons.

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