Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our favorite school lunches

Third and fourth grade artists made thier favorite school lunches out of paper clay. They painted them with acrylic paint and glued them to cardboard lunch trays.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ready for Glaze Firing!

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Clay Creatures!

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Watercolor Weavings

Color wheels, Paint strips and Color Matching

Third and fourth graders learned all about the Color Wheel, color mixing and color matching.  They had three challenges to complete as part of this unit:

1. Paint all 12 colors of the color wheel and create your own color wheel

2. Find a photo in a magazine and match several of the colors in the image (inspired by this very cool website, Design Seeds)

3. Create a paint strip with different tints or shades of the same color and name each of the hues

Friday, April 28, 2017

Negative space collage

First and second grade artists learned about Positive and Negative Space. Although I hope the Art Room is always a "Positive Space," sometimes is is the use negative space in a piece of art that makes it interesting.

Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and suchspace occasionally is used to artistic effect as the "real" subject of an image. from Wikipedia

Click here for some examples of art with a creative use of Negative Space

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pysanky Eggs using Watercolor Resist

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Kindergarten Collaborative Flower Collages

These collaborative collages by the Kindergarten class give us hope that April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Ski and Snowboard Design

When I look out the window of my art room, I look directly at Sugarbush Ski Area.  Our students are especially fortunate to not only live at the base of two fabulous ski areas, Sugarbush and Mad River, but also to get to spend one afternoon of their school week on the mountain.
  In celebration of the joys of winter, we are applying knowledge of Graphic Design and Logo Design to creating original skis and snowboards.

Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, photography and illustration. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used synonymously. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. (From Wikipedia)

Fifth and Sixth graders watched these two short videos to learn some of the basics of graphic and logo design. Some of the tips are applicable to many different types of art.

We looked at Freeskier Magazines "Best Ski Graphics of the Year" and talked about how different art appeals to different people.
Artists created multiple drafts of their ski and snowboard designs and company logos before translating their work to actual size size paper.




Kindergarteners read "Penguin Problems," then used cut paper to make penguins. This is a very funny book about a penguin with a whole lot to complain about.  The best part of this story is definitely the sage advice this penguin receives from a walrus. I have been thinking about these wise walrus words ever since!