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!



As seen in the Art Room...

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Inspired by Monet's Waterlilies

What color is water?

First and second grade artist learned about Impressionist painter Claude Monet. We talked about how Monet broke from the art traditions of the time by painting outside in nature and trying to capture the beauty of sunlight at different times of day.  We looked at examples of his many waterlily paintings.

Google Arts & Culture has some very cool tools for getting up close and personal with famous works of art. 

You can take a virtual tour of Monet's waterlily paintings at the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris using Google Art Project.  
Click here to check it out! 

You can use the ZOOM tool to get close enough to one of Monet's Water Lily paintings that you can see each impressionist brushstroke. 
Click here to check it out! 


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