From the GTown Art Room…

It’s been a busy first couple of weeks in our Georgetown art room!  Here’s a look at what we’ve done in the last 9 days since school began.

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Quarter circles – we put them together to make some fancy circles.

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We talked about three big Art Elements and read an awesome book – because we are all MAGNIFICENT artists!

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Kinders and Firsties drew their favorite things and made table tags to help Mrs. B. learn ALL their names!  Yikes, I have lots of leaning to do.

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Fourth and Fifth graders put new pages in their sketchbooks and did some drawing.

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Third graders described warm and cool colors and began a new watercolor project.

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Second graders began torn paper masks (mean Mrs. Brouwer took their scissors away and ugh, they had to TEAR the paper!).  No Glue Monsters allowed for this project!

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Kinders met Mr. Mondrian and practiced their cutting skills to create their own Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogies.

And Firsties began a cool Picasso project….but I was too busy to take pictures – more later.

Whew!  And that is just the first nine days folks!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Inspired by Kandinsky

Georgetown fourth grade artists have been learning about the work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.  Inspired by his “Composition VIII”, they traced circles and masked off lined areas on their watercolor paper as they explored creating an art piece in the style of Kandinsky.

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This great little video really brought this painting to life!

Their finished Kandinsky pieces are colorful and filled with interesting lines, shapes, and patterns.

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I CAN:

* Identify realistic, abstract, and non-objective art

* Create an art piece in the style of Wassily Kandinsky

* Use color, line, shape, and pattern to create an eye-path through my art piece

Thanks to Melissa’s Studio for this project inspiration!

 

Aztec Masks

Second grade artists created these fabulous Aztec Masks as they learned about Mexico and the ancient Aztec empire.  They began their masks by studying intricate totem mask images and viewing Mrs. Brouwer’s carved wooden mask from Mexico.

They first created these beautiful practice thumbnail drawings.

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The practice mask drawings were a fabulous warm up for their finished pieces – aren’t they amazing?!

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More masks can be found on our Artsonia On-Line Art Gallery!

 

Second Grade Matisse Windows

Second grade artists have been exploring the collage art of Henri Matisse.  They learned that in 1949, Matisse began one of the greatest projects of his life…a chapel for the Dominican sisters in the town of Vence, France.  He designed every part of the Chapelle du Rosaire, including the beautiful stained glass windows.  Our Matisse window collages are inspired by his “Christmas Eve” piece, and the second graders worked hard to create an eye path, using color and shape, that leads the eye around the collage.

Christmas_Eve_1952 Matisse Window “Christmas Eve”

 

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As our assessment for this project, second graders did a “Gallery Walk” around the room, admiring each other’s work.  They wrote comments about the pieces they were viewing, and there were great conversations about eye path, shape, and color!

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Fourth Grade Highway And Byways

Paul Klee’s “Highway and Byways” was the inspiration for these pieces created by our Fourth Grade artists.

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Paul Klee “Highway and Byways”

This project also focused on our school-wide goal of improving student math number sense with a deeper understanding of fractions. Fourth grade students used their knowledge of fractions to divide their paper space into halves, thirds, and fourths.  They chose a warm or cool color palette and used watercolor to fill in their spaces.  The finished pieces are a reflection of their use of color, shape, line, and of course…fractions!

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See more of this project at our Artsonia on-line art museum.

And – special thanks to Miriam at Arteascuola for this project idea!

Picasso Portraits

First grade artists learned about the art of Pablo Picasso and had fun exploring shapes as they painted these fun portraits.  They also got a chance to demonstrate their understanding of warm and cool colors as they painted.

We did this project a couple of years ago – see it here – but this year my kiddos painted the black lines instead of using black oil pastels; the lines look much nicer on this project.  We also added white printed “snow” for background interest.