Friday, January 19, 2018

Wonders of the World Paper Construction


Fifth and sixth grade artists used nothin' but paper to create some of the Seven Wonders of the World. We considered the Original Wonders, the Modern Wonders and the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We looked at different ways for making paper into three-dimensional constructions.

Golden Gate Bridge
Great Barrier Reef

Paricutin Volcano

Lighthouse of Alexandria


Paricutin Volcano

Great Barrier Reef 




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mondrian two ways

Click here to read "Who is Piet Mondrian" at Tate Modern for Kids. 

First and second grade artist explored the work of Piet Mondrian in two ways.  First we used pre-cut black paper strips to create a grid, then painted with the primary colors.  Then we used construction paper to collage colorful compositions in Mondrian's style. 





Art with numbers and letters inspired by Jasper Johns



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Friday, December 8, 2017

We are ALL Wonders!

Waitsfield students have become very familiar with the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  We discussed the themes in this book, including not judging others by their appearances and being kind to all people.  We drew self portraits in the style of the book cover that show our inner character traits, which may not be visible from the outside. 
We are ALL Wonders! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Colors & Moods Inspired by Mark Rothko


Abstract art by mark rothko for kids from nivaca2



First and second graders learned about Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist painter.  We compared Rothko's "color field" paintings with the landscapes by Wolf Kahn, which we had just studied a couple of weeks ago.  Like Kahn, Rothko uses color to capture a feeling or mood of a landscape, rather than focusing on the details of an image.

First and second grade artists created artwork inspired by Mark Rothko.  First we used chalk pastel on black paper, with a focus on blending unique colors and capturing a mood.  Then we painted many different sizes of cardboard rectangles, which we assembled into colorful collages. Students named their compositions based on the mood that they had captured.

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