Friday, October 13, 2017

microscopic wonders

"Woah! What is THAT?" can be heard in the Art Room today.  We looked at many beautiful images of microscopic photography. Some are more obvious than others, but nearly all are awe inspiring!

Fifth and sixth graders selected an image to try to capture using oil and chalk pastels on large paper.  We acknowledged that much of this project might feel challenging as drawing something that is specific and precise but not figurative is something that we don't have a lot of experience with.  We also discussed how we can recognize the differences between chalk and oil pastels and use each of these mediums to achieve the desired results.

Click here to see more amazing microscopic photography!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#InfiniteKusama means Millions of Dots!

Yayoi Kusama might be one of the most interesting artists I have ever encountered.  She is a Japanese artist in her 90's who is never seen without a glowing red or pink bob. In addition to being a painter and filmmaker, Kusama creates installation pieces with glowing pumpkins, millions of dots and mirrors that create a feeling of infinity (hence the trending hashtag #InfiniteKusama).

First and second grade artists looked at some of Kusama's art, then we created these pumpkin pieces inspired by her work. We started by choosing paper in warm and cool colors and comparing Kusama's dots the her angular background on some of her work.

After we wrapped up our pumpkins, students created collages inspired by Kusama's work. These free form collages explore her use of color and of course, dots!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Map about You

What would a map of your life look like? What people and places would you represent? What type of landscape features would your island or country contain? Fifth and sixth grade artists began planning for their autobiographical maps by creating lists of their favorite people, things, foods, places, sports, etc.  They also created lists of different land forms, such as rivers, mountains, deserts, lakes, etc.  They figured out which of these would go together and how they would fit in their land. Here are some resources I used for planning and introducing this lesson:
Autobiography Maps
Geography of Self
Our Life as an Island

video video
video video

Monarchs and Milkweed by the Kindergarten

Friday, September 22, 2017


Although Plantzilla may not be real, click here to learn about some the World's Strangest Plants!

Here's our collaborative Plantzilla!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017