Friday, May 13, 2016

Art Room Update... Via Instagram!

Here are some of my most recent Instagram posts about art class!  Follow ArtClass_AllDay to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in the Art Room!

We are wrapping up our clay Artist Residence with Leslie Montalto.  The culminating event will be an Ice Cream Social to raise money and awareness for hunger in Vermont. This takes place next Thursday, May 19.  Students will get to enjoy their ice cream in their slab bowls that they made with Leslie!

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Our After School Creativity Club wrapped up this week with performances of original Shadow Puppet Plays.  

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A group of fifth and sixth grade students wanted to raise money for the Malala Fund after reading Malala's story. They are going to sell scarves at the Bridge Street Art Fair on Saturday, May 21.  They experimented with decorating the fabric with Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol.

And, ahh... Zentangles!  Who doesn't need a brief moment of peace at this crazy time of year?!
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Jazz Collages by Romare Bearden


There are lots of great ways to explore Romare Bearden's work using a variety of online tools and games.  

CLICK HERE to tour Bearden's collage "The Block" while listening to Jazz music that inspired his work.

CLICK HERE to visit the interactive Kid's Modern Art Museum at and make an online collage inspired by Bearden's work.

The Bearden Foundation has many other resources to explore Romare Bearden's work.   

First and second grade artists made collages inspired by Bearden's work. We started by painting colorful backgrounds and line-drawing musical instruments. We listened to Jazz while we worked!

Students photographed their work. While this skill still requires some work, it helps meet the Presentation part of the National Art Standards. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

One Point Perspective

What is One Point Perspective?

We looked at some examples of artwork to try to answer this question.
We identified that One Point Perspective means:
Objects are smaller as their distance from the viewer increases.
There is a horizon line, which is as far as the eye can see
There is a vanishing point, a point on the horizon where all lines converge and disappear.

We used this great tutorial from smART Class to help lay out our One Point Perspective drawings.  Students could choose any location that shows One Point Perspective, but as often is the case, many chose to follow the example.