Friday, December 8, 2017

We are ALL Wonders!

Waitsfield students have become very familiar with the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  We discussed the themes in this book, including not judging others by their appearances and being kind to all people.  We drew self portraits in the style of the book cover that show our inner character traits, which may not be visible from the outside. 
We are ALL Wonders! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Colors & Moods Inspired by Mark Rothko

Abstract art by mark rothko for kids from nivaca2

First and second graders learned about Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist painter.  We compared Rothko's "color field" paintings with the landscapes by Wolf Kahn, which we had just studied a couple of weeks ago.  Like Kahn, Rothko uses color to capture a feeling or mood of a landscape, rather than focusing on the details of an image.

First and second grade artists created artwork inspired by Mark Rothko.  First we used chalk pastel on black paper, with a focus on blending unique colors and capturing a mood.  Then we painted many different sizes of cardboard rectangles, which we assembled into colorful collages. Students named their compositions based on the mood that they had captured.

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