Friday, September 19, 2014

Collaborative Community Artwork

At the beginning of the year, many of our classrooms 
focus on building a sense of community. 

In Art, we expanded on this by creating a 
collaborative piece of artwork, representing each child. 

3rd - 6th Grade students created collages from magazines, choosing images that represented their individual personalities. We discussed how each person brought something different to a community and how diversity adds strength to a group. 

Preschool - 2nd grade used oil pastels and watercolor to create individual pieces of artwork that were then put into a collaborative "Garden of Friends". 

I had some much appreciated help hanging the artwork. :) 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

7th/8th Painting Elective - Watercolor Color Wheels

On the first day of painting class..... 

We made color wheels, including tertiary colors, using watercolors.

 I allowed some freedom with the "wheel" shape, and some of the solutions were super creative. 

A face for every color. 

This was a great lead-in to our watercolor projects. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art is...

On the first day of class, I gave upper grades a post-it and asked them to think about what Art meant to each of them. One at a time they shared their answer and added their post-it to our wall. 

What wonderfully creative things they came up with!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another exciting year in the Art Room(s)!
I am thrilled about the projects I have planned for this year, new materials to explore, and in general watching these fantastic artists explore!

Here are a few shots from the Peiffer Art room.

Old stools got a new coat of paint. 

Lined up and ready to go! 

Idea Jar for sketchbooks drawing. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

1st & 2nd - Nature Drawings & Composition

Our beautiful gardens are in full bloom!!

Today we focused on composition and shared a few tips on how artists use 
their full paper to create interesting pieces of artwork. 

Having a variety of heights adds interest and guides the viewer
 to look throughout the entire piece of artwork. 

And of course, we ended with a mini critique to share our work with our peers! 

Keep this wonderful weather coming!

Kindergarten - Little Artists make BIG Art!

After looking at the work of Monet and several other nature inspired artists, Kindergarteners requested to paint.... large. So here you have it - our BIG garden of flowers!

We filled several large pieces of paper with oil pastel flowers, and then painted over them with tempera paint. 

And really, why limit ourselves to the tables... spread out! 

During our second class together working on this project, 
we cut out and glued the giant petals. 

I overheard so much positive communication as students encouraged each other and comment on others' work. 

These overlapping flowers were a lot of fun to make and add a ton of color to the hallway! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

3rd & 4th Grade - Contour Drawings

Contour - continues line - drawings are a great way to learn about proportion, detail... and getting over the fear of "ugly drawings". 

Day one of contour drawings students do "blind contours" - where they aren't looking at their paper at all - just the object they are drawing -  in our case, hands. 

I had the kids put their sketchbooks inside paper grocery bags to prevent any sneaky peakers... and create a hilarious moment of reveal when we all took our drawings out of the bag at the same time. 

"Ugly drawings" were made by all... and strength in numbers made it okay - and took away the fear of having a drawing not turning out as good as someone else's. We grew to love our ugly drawings, and embrace their differences and pay attention to how much detail we could capture in each one. 

And you know what happened to our beloved ugly drawings the more of them we made... they became beautifully detailed sophisticated drawings... and we were also okay with that! 

Students each chose 4-5 of their favorite drawings to transfer using graphite paper. 
We then drew 2 horizontal and two vertical lines to break up the empty space and used watercolor to paint the background. 

And here we have it!