Friday, October 26, 2012

Kindergarten Spiderwebs

Kindergartners used glue on black paper to draw spiderwebs. When the glue dried, they colored them with chalk pastels, making sure to blend the colors and fill the whole page.

Inspired by Claude Monet

Fifth and sixth grade artists are learning about Claude Monet.  We watched these two videos about Monet's waterlily paintings.  We found it interesting that many people viewed Monet's waterlily paintings as failures.  Monet changed art forever by painting things that were beautiful and capturing different views of the light.

Matisse Collages

Third and fourth grade artists learned about Henri Matisse. They looked at several examples of collages by Matisse and identified the difference between geometric shapes and organic shapes. They thought about creating unity between their color choices and their shapes.

Dia de Los Muertos- Day of the Dead -

First and second graders learned about the Days of the Dead, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. This is NOT Mexican Halloween! This is a very important holiday in Mexico when they celebrate loved ones who haves died. One of the traditions on the Day of the Dead is to create an altar to memorialize a loved one. These altars are often decorated with colorful sugar skulls. First and second grade artists looked at pictures of sugar skulls and created their own using colored pencils and construction paper. They loved this project!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are

First and second graders read Maurice Sendak's classic "Where the Wild Things Are." They drew their own wild things, focusing on adding texture and pattern to their creatures.