Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sochi Olympic Patchwork Quilt Design

Fifth and sixth graders are working on creating a banner in the style of the Sochi Olympic patchwork quilt theme.  On the Sochi banners, each diamond represents a pattern from a different region of Russia's traditional arts and crafts.  Artists looked at these various patterns and chose analogous colors from the color wheel to create diamonds for our group project.  Stay tuned to see the finished piece!  

Here is the Sochi Olympic patchwork quilt design:

It is also used on the official uniform for staff and volunteers:

Kindergarten "Over and Under" Collages

Kindergarten artists read "Over and Under the Snow" and "Under the Snow," then created collages to show what lives above and below the snow.  They included their "nature name animals" in their collages. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Inspired by Jim Dine's Hearts

Third and fourth grad artists looked at Pop artist Jim Dine's heart paintings and sculptures. They used oil pastels. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Plum Blossoms for the Chinese New Year

First and second grade artists learned about some of the traditions of Chinese New Year.  One of the traditions is the display of fresh plum and cherry  blossoms to signify new life and new beginnings. We used brown liquid  watercolor paint and straws to make the tree branches, using our breath to spread the paint across the pages. We used cotton swabs to paint the flower blossoms.