Thursday, April 17, 2014

Artist In Resident Kirsten Christianson







My school was lucky enough to have paper making artist Kirsten Christianson working with all the art classes for one week in February.
Kirsten is based out of Sturgeon Bay, WI and creates artwork using handmade paper. The theme for our art project was "snow falling on branches". The kids loved it and was amazing to hear the discussions with Kirsten about her career as an artist!

Robert Indiana

 



2nd graders learned about the artist Robert Indiana through a Power Point Presentation.
Robert Indiana’s artwork is inspired by poetry, road signs, letters, and numbers.
Students learned how to draw block letters. Students reviewed how to make a pattern. Students also learned how to create contrast in their black and white patterns. Students used only black marker to make patterns inside the block letters, and colored markers to decorate with colors and patterns around the letters.

Keith Haring Foil Figures



Students learned about Pop/ Graffiti artist Keith Haring. Here is a great video to show your students all of his different art work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw_WTFyag4I

Learning targets for this project were: I can create a 3d figure from foil. I can create a neat pattern (on scratch paper).

Hundertwasser




Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000) is considered to be one of the most important artists to have emerged from Europe since the end of World War II. As a painter and an architect, Hundertwasser rejected the “straight line” in any of his projects.  The “spiral” dominates the flow of his paintings. 
Students created a brightly colored patterned background using oil pastel. Next they created Hundertwasser’s beloved SPIRAL using glue and yarn. They did a great job. The learning targets for this project were:
I can create/color a pattern neatly.
I can glue with control.
They turned out great!

Monster Drawings




1st and 5th graders both read the story I Need My Monster.  We discussed what makes a monster scary. We looked at lots of examples from the story at all the details that make up a good monster.
1st graders drew a monster from their imagination. They then traced it in Sharpie and neatly colored it in with crayon and colored pencil. Their learning target for their drawing was I CAN DRAW A MONSTER THAT FILLS MY PAPER and I CAN COLOR NEATLY AND WITH CONTROL.
5th graders then each got a 1st grade monster and had to re-draw it with 5th grade drawing expectations: drawing large, turning lines into shapes, coloring in the same direction, adding more details.
This was a really fun project! The 5th graders loved re-drawing the monsters! It was great to see how far drawing skills progress in just 5 short years. Great job 1st and 5th graders!

Anansi The Spider






2nd graders watched a short video about African culture and what it is like for a child to grow up in Africa. They learned about some of the everyday routines of African children, like going to school, helping with animals and crops, getting water for their families, and of course playing. They are in many ways very similar to the lifestyle that they lead.
We then read the African folk tale Anansi the Spider.  This story has been passed down for generations by the Ashanti people, who live in Ghana, Africa.
2nd graders first drew the spider web using a hexagon tracer for the center of the web, and a ruler for all the connecting lines. They then added patterns inside the web. Next they made Anansi using construction paper and cutting various shapes to make the spider form. They did a great job!
Learning Targets for this project were:

I can use a ruler to draw a straight line.

I can cut shapes from construction paper.

I can have glue control.

Kente Cloth







First graders watched a short video about African culture and what it is like for a child to grow up in Africa. They learned about some of the everyday routines of African children, like going to school, helping with animals and crops, getting water for their families, and of course playing. They are in many ways very similar to the lifestyle that they lead.
First graders learned about Kente cloth. Kente cloth has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom, and was adopted by people in the Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with African people.
The students looked at several examples of kente cloth. The students observed that they are brightly colored, have patterns using lines and shapes, and are beautiful.
First graders created their Kente cloth design using construction paper. Their learning targets were:
I can cut a straight smooth shape with no jagged edges.

I can glue my paper shapes with control by using the correct amount of glue.

Circle Weavings




Monday, February 17, 2014

Burton Morris Soda Cans










Burton Morris is a modern American Pop artist. His artwork creates a mood of happiness, high energy, and fun!  Comic books influenced his style of artwork. The triangular slashes that he is known to create with black around the outside edges of his art come from his love of woodblock prints. He includes popular cars, food, games, people & emotions in his easily recognizable style of art. He has been commissioned to create art for companies such as Sony, AT&T, Heinz & Microsoft.

 

Students designed their own Soda can, choosing a name and design. They used color pencils and markers to color it in. They created a burton Morris inspired background to glue their soda can onto, mimicking the triangular slashes found in all his work.

Snowboard Design







With the Olympics going on in Sochi, Russia, I thought it would be great to do snowboard design with the 4th and 5th graders. We watched Shaun White's highest scoring ever halfpipe run from the Vancouver Olympics to get in the spirit of winter sports. I also found this great video of a snowboard designer sketching out his design for his own snowboard. It was great for the students to see the process from sketching to computer design. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHKbTOvJvP4

Students traced the snowboard shape, I wanted to make sure they were big enough, and the objective of the assignment was to focus on the design rather than draw the snowboard. We discussed some of the elements of design that they could include in their design, like shapes, color, pattern, line work. I also brought in my snowboard for them to look at. I think it blew their minds a little to picture me snowboarding:)