Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What do you notice when you look at art?

Fifth and sixth graders used their ChromeBooks in Art for the first time this week! They were able to independently write responses to our "Do Now" prompt, look for images and watch the Elements and Principles videos that are linked to the Art Blog.

Before we began our study of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, I want students to think about what they notice when they look at art. They responded to the following prompts:
  • What do you notice when you look at art?
  • What catches your eye?
  • What makes “good art?”  (notice that we have quotation marks around "Good Art" because this may mean something different for each person!)

Here are some of their responses, which these wonderfully tech-savy kids shared with me via Google Drive.

i notice different emotions and feelings and mostly cool shapes catch my eye. all art is good art .

When I look at art I sometimes notice something or I notice what the thing to person is doing. I

really like illusions. I like looking at them I like drawing and making them. I think good art is art

that you really try to do and if you mess up you find another way to do it or try it again. I LOVE


*I think that good art can make you happy or sad.

*I think that good art can make your day

I notice color in art, design, and a meaning. Good art is art

that can flow. The work that is put into art, the process is

what catches my eye. Something that you thought on, that

is good art.

When I look at art I notice the little details to the small details, from one paint stroke, to what that paint stroke creates. Things that catch my eye are beautiful things that mean something, like real things happening, even if you were to draw a squiggly line, it could make it mean something to other people, as long as it means something to you. Good art is when it draws someone in, instead of glancing at it you feel intrigued to really take a chance to look at it and understand what the artist was feeling or doing. 

I notice that when i look at art i sometimes think it looks weird.  I also notice that there are usually  very bright colors.

1) I notice colors in the artwork when I look at it.

2) I think the colors also catch my eye.

3) Good art is art that someone worked hard on. 


Elements of Art and Principles of Design Photography Project

Fifth and sixth graders used iPads to photograph examples of specific Elements of Art and Principles of Design seen around the school.  We used the PhotoCollage app to create these collages. 





Friday, September 25, 2015

Kindergarten art inspired by the book "Art" by Patrick McDonnell

Kindergarten Artists read the book "Art," by Patrick McDonnell.  They were inspired by Art, the main character of the book, to create using a variety of arts media, including watercolor, colored pencils and markers.  We made art strips to display multiple pieces. 


Van Gogh Sunflowers / Third and Fourth Grade FUNflowers

Third and fourth grade artists looked at Vincent van Gogh's famous sunflower paintings.  Then we thought about how we could transform the flowers into FUNflowers.  We challenged ourselves to draw the craziest flowers we could think of and add lots of color and detail!  
Check out these fabulous FUNflowers!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Monochromatic Self Portraits

What do these images have in common?



Your challenge: Draw a Self Portrait using just one color!  You may use different shades of the color and various art media, including colored pencils, crayons and markers.  Think of ways to show how unique you are!  

Here are some famous Self Portraits to inspire you! 

Here are our monochromatic self portraits!