First Grade Meets Frederick

First graders learned all about neutral colors, tints, and shades this week.  Leo Lionni’s book Frederick was the perfect introduction to neutral colors.  First graders decided that neutral colors don’t care if they are warm or cold, primary or secondary; neutral colors are “just in the middle”.

We began by mixing white and black to create neutral gray colors, learning about tints and shades along the way.  Next we learned a fancy new painting technique called “scumbling” – ask a first grader how to “scumble” color to make some rocks for Frederick!

Their finished Fredericks are super cute!

Georgia O’Keeffe Meets the Zentangle

Georgetown’s 5th grade artists are working on a stunning project that I just can’t wait to display in the hallways!  We’ve been learning about the art of Georgia O’Keeffe and examining her beautiful large flower paintings.  We learned that O’Keeffe wanted people to really, really stop and look at her flower paintings, so she made the paintings large to draw their eyes in to the piece.  The zentangle flower in our 5th grade project does the same – we can’t stop looking at these beautiful flowers!  A lesson in mixing tints and creating value completed these zentangle flower pieces.

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Big thanks to Arteoscuola for this FABULOUS project – we loved it!