Friday, December 17, 2010

Paper Quilling

Upper unit artists learned about paper quilling.  We used toothpicks, dowels and pencils as our quills.  Students worked on two assignments.  One was to create an original design or picture using different shapes and colors of paper rolls glued to a card.  Then they experimented with making quilled paper snowflakes.   This project ties in with the classroom study of Colonial America.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snowflake Bentley Snow Prints

First and second grade artists learned all about Vermonter Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley.  We read "Snowflake Bentley" by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and admired the beautiful illustrations by printmaker Mary Azarian.

We practiced drawing six pointed snowflakes by looking at photographs that Bentley took of snow crystals.  Then we used foam board to turn our snowflakes into stamps. We used our snowflake prints as ornaments and cards. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Line Dancing

First and Second Grade artists created "line collections" to show all of the different types of lines we could think of and find.  We painted our lines with black acrylic paint during our first class.  The following class, each artist chose two primary colors to use for the background.  What types of lines can you see?


First and Second grade artists painted turkeys to decorate for our annual school Thanksgiving lunch.  We painted our turkeys with bright colors to make them festive!

We are Thankful!

Our students have so much to be thankful for!  In order to celebrate the true meaning of THANKSgiving, we made simple pictures of the many things we feel thankful for.