Kindergarten Paul Klee Cats

The Kindergarten artists have been busy learning about the Swiss painter, Paul Klee. Paul Klee’s paintings were very childlike with bright colors like the color he saw when he visited Africa.

IMG_2428                                        His famous painting entitled Cat and Bird was the inspiration for this project.

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After drawing their cat and bird, Kindergarteners chose bright watercolors to add color. They finished their paintings by using a very small paintbrush to outline their lines with black paint. Awesome job Kindergarteners! You have really brightened our hallways at Georgetown.

2nd Grade Tigers

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After learning about the life and art of Henri Rousseau, 2nd graders at Georgetown created these ferocious tigers in the style of Rousseau.  They learned that Rousseau liked to paint jungle scenes with wild animals even though he had never been to the jungle or had ever seen a wild animal. First the artists drew the tiger and painted it. Then they painted and cut out flowers and leaves to create a jungle scene. These tigers turned out great even though none of these artists had ever been to the jungle either!

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See more of our ferocious tigers at our Artsonia On-Line Art Gallery!

There are lots of tiger projects out there on art blogs – we’d like to thank Alum Creek Elementary School’s Artsonia page for our project inspiration! See their page here.

 

What’s New in the Art Room

We are busy starting new projects….and finishing up some pieces for display in our hallways.  First grade artists continued exploring pattern and got to do a little painting as they created these fun pattern fish.  They found out that a fish is pretty easy to draw, too!

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Third grade artists learned about two important American artists – “Action Jackson” Pollock and the creator of the Blue Dog series, Louisana artist George Rodrigue.  Their colored pencil dogs are framed with our version of a Jackson Pollock drip painting, created with string dipped in paint.  They really enjoyed the painting process; to quote one of my third graders: “This was the best project ever!”

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Painting in the style of Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm”.

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Parents…this “Blue Dog” project can be found on our Artsonia on-line art gallery.  Students have also written artist statements about their work, so be sure to check them out!

 

 

Winter Landscapes

Ask a third grade Georgetown artist about landscapes….I’ll bet they can tell you all about how to create a beautiful landscape!   They may tell you about the foreground, middle ground, and horizon line…or about using warm and cool colors to emphasize different parts of the picture, and maybe even how to choose the right brush when painting a watercolor landscape.  Here are their recent winter landscapes – more can be found in our Artsonia Online Art Gallery.

 

 

This project was inspired by a post on the blog “First Grade ONEderful” and the work of artist Ted Harrison.

 

Winter Penguins

After reading Penguins by Liz Pichon, Kindergarten artists created their own penguins with crayons and watercolor. In the story the penguins in the zoo find a camera and use it to take pictures of themselves. The camera gets returned to the owner and has many pictures of penguins on it. The students created pictures of their penguins in different poses. These projects can also be found on Artsonia here.

Winter Trees

Fourth grade artists have just finished these beautiful winter tree landscapes.  They used bits of masking tape to create their white trees, then painted some deep blue watercolor paint over the top, adding a sprinkle of salt for texture.  The really fun part?  Rubbing off the salt and gently peeling the tape away to reveal the sparkling white trees!  The final flourish – shadows on the trees and white stars and a moon, painted with acrylic paint.

See more of this project on our ARTSONIA site!

      

This project was inspired by Art Projects For Kids – see it HERE.

Lemon Juice Froggies

Third graders recently completed these sweet little watercolor frogs – perfect to celebrate the spring frogs that are peeping outside the art room door!

Their watercolor froggies were painted on a background that was brushed with blue watercolor and dabbed with paper towel for some nice texture.

Dots were added to the frogs with lemon juice that was dropped on the frogs and blotted with tissue; this left a lighter “frog spot”.  Interestingly – we used two brands of green watercolor, and one brand would not “blot”…so we improvised and painted on white spots with tempera paint too.

Our final step was to add a lily pad and flower border.

The Blob Project

Georgetown’s 5th grade artists are completing this beautiful project – and I’m liking it!  As the school year winds down, I look for ways to use up opened materials and odd-shaped leftover paper,  AND ways to keep my antsy summer-break-ready students engaged.  The Blob Project worked beautifully!

First we used up some old watercolors, creating paint blobs and spatters on some long 6″ x 36″ heavy drawing paper, also left from another project.  We reviewed warm and cool colors, put on some nice slow music, and the room was amazingly quiet as students dripped and spattered their paints.

During the next class, we used black tempera paint thinned with a little water to create flowers, butterflies, and swirls.  The watercolor blobs were our inspiration, and my 5th graders enjoyed just painting and letting the blobs guide their choices.  The results – beautiful!

 

This project is adapted from an old Arts And Activities Magazine article, shown here.