A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to accompany our third grade on their class field trip to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. It was a beautiful day and so great to be able to look at sculptures and other works of art through their eyes. I hope to be invited on another one!
Each month we will feature a different mystery artist. Students can research and discuss who the artist is with friends and family. Guesses can be entered on the mystery artist board or by entering a guess online in the comments section below each mystery artist post. A monthly winner be selected from all correct guesses. Read more about it below!
We're manipulating paint in the kindergarten art room!
We discussed all the different tools you can use to paint in art class this week. Tools like brushes, forks, hands, fingers, feet, and MARBLES!! We used marbles to create an abstract splatter design. These young artists practiced controlling the direction of the marble and the marks it made by how slowly or quickly they tipped their tins. They had so much fun!
Check out a few video's of this fabulous marble painting process.
Check back next week to see what these marble paintings will be used for!
Inspired by Art of Ed's article on appreciating art teachers (click here to read the article), I'm remembering one of my high school art teachers Mr. DeRosa who helped mentor and guide me through the process of painting a faux carving design around the proscenium arch way in our school theater. I designed a stencil, climbed aboard a cherry picker, and traced and painted the design all the way around the proscenium. What an experience and I'm so grateful for his guidance and I can only hope that I can have the same impact on my own students!
Last month I received two mystery artist guesses through my blog! How fun!
This prompted me to decide to accept more guesses through the blog.
So here's how it will work: post your guess and name in the comments section of this blog post. At the end of the month I will publish all of the guesses and include those in my monthly contest. For a special bonus, I will allow your guess to count as 2 if you submit a written one and a blog posted one! Good Luck!!
May Mystery Artist Facts:
I lived from September 23, 1899 – April 17, 1988.
I was a Russian born, American sculptor.
I am most know for my monochromatic wooden wall pieces and out door sculptures.
“About what black…the illusion of black means to me: I don’t think I chose it for black. I think it chose me for saying something. You see, it says more for me than anything else. In the academic world, they used to say black and white were no colors, but I’m twisting that to tell you that for me it is the total color. It means totality. It means: contains all.”
In September I measured how well our Howe Manning fifth graders understood basic color theory principals. It was great to see that so many students (84%) knew the most basic: primary and secondary colors. The assessment showed that we still need to work on those trickier ones: analogous and monochromatic colors.
Throughout this year we practiced color theory in lessons, extension activities, and by using exit tickets. I often ask students to line up by complementary table colors or analogous table colors.
I checked in on what we learned in January and February and was excited to see that we've made progress! You can compare the pre and mid year results below.
It looks like we made gains in each category
I'd love to see if we can really drive these definitions in for the end of the year!
PreK–12 STANDARD 2.7 : Elements and Principles of Design
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design. For color, use and be able to identify hues, values, intermediate shades, tints,
tones, complementary, analogous, and monochromatic colors
Demonstrate awareness of color by painting objective studies from life and free form
abstractions that employ relative properties of color
How Does Printmaking Allow for Bringing Art to the Masses?
Howe Manning fifth graders are learning about printmaking and
how they use a printmaking plate to create multiple pieces of identical artwork.
We watched videos that demonstrated 2 different styles of printmaking plates:
collographs and relief plates
Printmaking is fun, but it is a lengthy process. The tutorial below illustrates all the steps necessary to create a successful print. We used the tutorial below to remind us of the printing process.
We've just started doing practice prints called proofs.
Ask your 5th grade artist how many times it took to get the hang of it!
5th graders were tasked to say something meaningful about themselves through an object. They really thought carefully about what they wanted to say and how to represent that with an image.
For their final copy, 5th graders where challenged to explore printing their images with different color ink, showing repetition, printing on colored backgrounds, and on interesting unique backgrounds. They learned how all of these images are a part of their print edition.
What do you think of their ideas? What do they say to you?
How can we use the primary colors to create all other colors?
Kindergarten artists are learning about using the primary colors to make orange, green, and purple, the secondary colors. We started out by watching this collaborative video between Sesame Street and OK Go.
Watch it as a family, its so fun!
These young artists doubled as scientists and underwent color mixing experiments. I borrowed this paint pallet set up from teach kids art. It worked out so well and helped each student mix their colors successfully.
Each color circle was then turned into a little bird.
Finally birds were adorned with complementary color feathers. We watched a special ballad about complementary colors to learn which color pairs complement each other. K's loved watching these video's and would love to share them with you.
So many skills were learned: primary, secondary, and complementary colors all in one lesson. WOW!
How do traditions and holiday celebrations of other cultures compare to our own culture?
Mrs. LaVangie's 2nd grade artists are learning about Chinese New Year and the special dragon dance that often takes place to celebrate the holiday. Students also learned that it is traditional to hang lanterns and scrolls outside of homes and businesses.
This year 2nd grade artists are integrating both of these traditions to create beautiful dragon lanterns.
Students first created detailed dragon drawings.
Tempera paints were used to add vibrant colors to their dragon paintings.
Finally, a lantern was created and cut from red construction paper to act as an outside layer for these young artists dragon paintings.
Look closely through the slats and you will see a colorful dragon surprise!
Fuller Meadow Kindergarteners have been making up our lack of snow lately with two winter themed projects. Each lesson started with a book and a song for inspiration.
I loved reading Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate to my classes, especially when we got to the end!
This song is from scholastic.com. It went so well with this lesson.
K's created hot chocolate mugs using a resist technique with
construction paper crayons and watercolor paints. Students even added "marshmallows" to their art to make it authentic!
For their second lesson, they used Jan Brett's The Mitten to inspire their own winter mitten, complete with a favorite winter animal peeping out.
We used the story and this song developed by Nancy Vandenberge to open the lesson.
Next we discussed how each animal can be drawn using different shapes. The students loved making animals and tucking them in their mittens.
How can a simple form become the base for a unique sculptural work.
4th Grade artists are busy at work hand building whimsical clay gnome homes. Students learned to use a basic pinch pot form as a starting point for both the roof and base of their clay sculptures. Students also experimented with different textures to add designs and realistic details to their works.
Mrs. Magrath's 4th graders turning pinch pots into creative roofs.
The next step was to use the same pinch pot technique to create the bottoms of the homes. Students carved in details like doors and windows. They also learned how to attach pieces of their clay using the slip and score method. Students attached door knobs, curtains, benches, and even tiny pairs of gnome shoes waiting outside the door. I loved seeing all of their creative ideas!
Finally they added color. Fourth graders choose 3 contrasting colors for their tops
and used the reverse color pallet for the bottoms.
The finished projects were adorable and the students were so excited about them!