2nd graders read the story Snowmen At Night. They drew snowflakes with white crayon on white paper to create a wax resist when painted over with blue water color. Students then learned what aerial perspective is. Aerial perspective, or bird’s eye view, is when you are viewing something from above. They cut out three different sized circles and outlined them in blue oil pastel. Instead of stacking the snowmen slightly overlapping one another, 2nd graders stacked and glued them one right on top of the other to create an aerial perspective. They added a scarf, face, and arms.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
2nd graders learned how to draw a self- portrait. They paid close attention to putting the facial features in the correct spot on the face, and creating a proper hairline. They also learned what an onomatopoeia is. An onomatopoeia is the use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
1st graders studied the artist Wassily Kandinsky and abstract art. They learned that abstract art doesn’t show a person, place, or thing; but rather includes lines, shapes, and colors and can be interrupted differently by anyone who views it.They also learned about the secondary colors: green, orange, and purple. They did a color mixing worksheet where they discovered when certain primary colors are mixed together they then create the secondary colors.
Students stamped overlapping circles on their papers. In the areas that were not overlapping they colored in using the primary colors. The areas that were overlapping they colored in a secondary color, looking at which two primary colors were overlapping to figure out the secondary.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated by many in Mexico and by some Mexican Americans living in the United States. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration when eating and partying are common.
Fifth graders learned about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead through a short videos and a classroom discussion. First the students created a paper mache mask using a face mold. Once dried, students looked at different Dia de los Muertos skeleton for inspiration for their drawing details. They then used gemstones, sequins, beads, and flowers to decorate. They turned out awesome!
El Dia de los Muertos (DAY OF THE DEAD) is a tradition that has been celebrated in Mexico for over 500 years. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. This is a time to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away. It is not supposed to be sad or scary; it’s a time to celebrate life itself. In Mexico on these two days people create altars that are filled with food, photographs, candles, skulls, flowers, etc. to remember all the great memories from those who have passed away. Some Mexicans decorate and set up altars at the grave sites as well. The calavera, or skeleton is an important symbol during Dia del los Muertos. On these two special days there are many types of toys, food, masks and miniatures made to look like skulls or skeletons. Students were able to create skeleton from scrap white paper on a background they colored in using construction paper crayons.
4th graders talked about architecture and what an architect does. Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing, and construction, usually of buildings and other physical structures. An architect is someone who designs or does all the planning of the design of the building.
Victorian style homes have many levels in them, are very geometric in shape, have lots of windows, a porch, and usually a balcony. 4th graders then looked at several examples of spooky houses. We discussed what makes a house look spooky. The spooky aspect usually comes from the landscape around the house, and the lack of the grounds around the house.
Students drew their house on black paper, outlined it in white pencil, then cut it out and glued it to a colored background. They then added the landscape around the house.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Second and third graders learned how to identify and create foreground, middleground, background in artworks and their own art. Students also learned how to identify positive/ negative space. Second and third graders used different width masking tape to make trees on their paper. They paid close attention to placement of trees in foreground, middleground, and background. They created a horizon line and water, this line divides artwork into sky and ground. Students used liquid water colors to paint in landscape around the masking tape. Once paint dried students removed the tape to see a negative space (the tree). Third graders used Sharpie to add horizontal lines for birch tree markings. Lastly, students used black water color paint to create a shadow effect on the trees.