Thursday, December 3, 2015

2nd Grade Contour Line Drawings

How can we use line to capture the basic details of an object?

Mrs. LaVangie's second grade class is exploring contour lines, or the outline of an object. They watched a fun video from art teacher Tricia Fugelstad to truly discover what a contour line is.

2nd grade artists then learned that practice makes perfect. They experimented with drawing many different objects in the art room; scissors, glue bottles, ink brayers, paint brushes, and more. I was so impressed with how they were able to capture the objects with simple lines. Take a look! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Mystery Artist and Why Children Should Participate!

I am so excited to announce that there were 57 guesses for the November Mystery Artist, Eric Carle. This is by far the most we've had to date.

Enter a guess for December, you might need to do a little research to get this one!

December Mystery Artist Facts: 
I was born in 1894, in New York.
I was an American Painter and Illustrator.
I lived in Stockbridge, MA where I have a museum named after me.
My artwork appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post for almost 5 decades!

I’m most known for these magazine covers that showed everyday American life. 

 * Why should our students participate in the Mystery Artist? *
Researching art from the past and the artists who create it gives a snapshot into what life was like. Art history provides a history lesson in a unique way.  So many of our students are visual learners. What better way to learn about history than to view works of art. This article from the Metropolitan Museum of Art talks about the importance of this! Click on the icon below to read the article.

 Going to a museum offers a an opportunity to view these mini history lessons.  If you can't get there then the Mystery Artist could be the next best thing!  

Massachusetts Visual Arts Frameworks PreK–12 STANDARD 10: Interdisciplinary Connections Students will use knowledge of the arts and cultural resources in the study of the arts, English language arts, foreign languages, health, history and social science, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering.