Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Roosters inspired by Picasso

Here's Picasso's Rooster, drawn with pastel in 1938.
Check out this slideshow of third and fourth grade roosters!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kindergarten Chalk Pastel Spiderwebs

Any art teacher will tell you that Chalk Pastels vs. Young Artists can be a tough match! However, with some careful modeling, monitoring and let-it-go-ing, this colorful dust storm can be turned into beautiful artwork! 

Kindergarten artists used Elmer's glue to trace a spiderweb design on black paper.  After it dried, they used chalk pastels to fill in each closed shape created by the glue. 

Of course we started this lesson by reading Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Outdoor Art

Fifth and sixth grade artists took advantage of some fine fall weather to enjoy the outdoor spaces created with our Artists-in-Residence.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Painted Trees inspired by "Where's the Elephant?"

Elephant, snake and bird live in a beautiful jungle. Then someone starts cutting down trees and soon their home is destroyed. This book uses colorful, whimsical illustrations to make kids think about the effects of deforestation.

Artists in grades K-4 read "Where is the Elephant," by Barroux and discussed the author's message.  Then we used Sharpie markers and liquid watercolor paint to create many different types of trees inspired by the illustrations in the book. To inspire our tree paintings we went outdoors to observe our surroundings and used the inspiration guide below.  This reminds us that there is no "right way" to draw a tree.  Our bulletin board also features a hiding elephant, snake and parrot, just like the book.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dot Day Mural Time Lapse Video

Dot Day!

Students at all levels will be celebrating Dot Week during the week of September 12th in Art Class and Library/Technology.  This special event is based on the book “The Dot,” by Peter Reynolds. It is a story that encourages artists to “just make a mark.”

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”.

What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.
(From www.thedotclub.org)

We also used the Quiver app on the iPads to turn our dots three dimensional.

Friday, September 9, 2016

High Flying Hot Air Balloons

Students responded to this inspiring quote by Dr. Seuss by creating hot air balloons for our school-wide Welcome Back bulletin board!

The Global Cardboard Challenge

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation, which celebrates children’s creativity and the role that communities can play in fostering it.  This event was inspired by the short film “Caine’s Arcade,” a story of a young boy’s cardboard creations.  This project encourages kids to collaborate, innovate and think outside the box.  Click here to learn more about the importance of creativity. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Art in the Garden

With the garden in full bloom, how could we not take our art class outside?

First and second grade artists worked on drawing sunflowers from observation. We remind each other to Draw what you see, not what you know! 

Third and fourth grade artists were asked to imagine that they had shrunken down to the size of a bug.  What would the world look like from this point of view? Has anyone from this generation seen   "Honey I Shrunk the Kids?"

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Classroom Expectations... Like you've never seen them before!

Here's some inspiration for setting classroom expectations in Art Class.