Kindergarten has continued to focus on the basic elements of art this fall and winter. One project they made was a warm/cool color collage to augment what they already learned about colors on the color wheel. Another was in conjunction with the “perceived texture” rubbings they made early in the year; the students created a montage where they assembled "actual" textures they made out of construction paper. They had a lot of fun making those textures! The current project we’re doing involves the use of “pattern”, “real” texture and paper weaving. Quite a few of these projects also aid in strengthening the children’s fine motor skills.
The first graders really enjoyed their first printing experience this year. They etched images into Styrofoam, starting out by creating a simple black and white print. From there I showed them how to make a more colorful print by initially using oil pastels as a base. I always love to see the look on their faces when they pull that first "color" print! The current project they are working on is a paper weaving piece that reinforces the concepts of "pattern" and "actual" texture.
Second grade got their first taste of printmaking this fall; trying their hand at black and white - as well as color -Styrofoam line prints; and making basic monoprints. They really loved the processes! In addition, the students made some lovely Georgia O’Keefe inspired flower drawings, as well as some great 3D-looking candy canes!
The third grade students made some beautiful oversize flower drawings after studying the work of Georgia O’Keefe in their art history class. The current piece they just finished was a marker drawing that used actual water droplets to create “organic” shapes out of “geometric” ones. They enjoyed that!
Fourth grade is currently working on a still life using a pointillist technique. For this we’ll discuss and see examples of the "optical mixing" theory the Impressionists used- along with examples of pointillist and neoimpressionist paintings.
Two common projects that both third and fourth grade completed were a construction paper collage and some sweet candy canes. For the collage, the students had to imagine a new design for the school across the street from ours, with the understanding that some existing elements had to be used in the new one. This project involved outdoor sketching, paper cutting and arranging into a unified product of their liking. The oil pastel “candy canes” project was designed to help the students achieve a three dimensional appearance on a two dimensional surface through the use of color and "highlight".