Friday, April 28, 2017

Negative space collage

First and second grade artists learned about Positive and Negative Space. Although I hope the Art Room is always a "Positive Space," sometimes is is the use negative space in a piece of art that makes it interesting.
Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and suchspace occasionally is used to artistic effect as the "real" subject of an image. from Wikipedia
Click here for some examples of art with a creative use of Negative Space

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pysanky Eggs using Watercolor Resist

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Kindergarten Collaborative Flower Collages

These collaborative collages by the Kindergarten class give us hope that April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Ski and Snowboard Design

When I look out the window of my art room, I look directly at Sugarbush Ski Area.  Our students are especially fortunate to not only live at the base of two fabulous ski areas, Sugarbush and Mad River, but also to get to spend one afternoon of their school week on the mountain.
  In celebration of the joys of winter, we are applying knowledge of Graphic Design and Logo Design to creating original skis and snowboards.

Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, photography and illustration. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used synonymously. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. (From Wikipedia)

Fifth and Sixth graders watched these two short videos to learn some of the basics of graphic and logo design. Some of the tips are applicable to many different types of art.

We looked at Freeskier Magazines "Best Ski Graphics of the Year" and talked about how different art appeals to different people.
Artists created multiple drafts of their ski and snowboard designs and company logos before translating their work to actual size size paper.




Kindergarteners read "Penguin Problems," then used cut paper to make penguins. This is a very funny book about a penguin with a whole lot to complain about.  The best part of this story is definitely the sage advice this penguin receives from a walrus. I have been thinking about these wise walrus words ever since! 



A conversation in the Art Room

Me: "Today we are going to learn about lines! What is a line?"
Student: "A large predatory animal!" 
Me: "Ummmmmmm......"


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Birds & Birches inspired by Lois Ehlert

"Do you think birds know when it's going to snow?" 
asks Lois Ehlert in her book "Snowballs."

We looked at Ehlert's creative collages and then made painted paper using the watercolor resist technique.  We used music pages for our birch trees and collaged colorful birds in the trees. These gorgeous collages and Ehlert's amusing illustrations remind us that winter is anything but cold and gray!