Thursday, March 27, 2014

Art-i-facts Games

YES!! Art History is fun!!! 

Game time!
Students in the Art-i-facts elective designed games based on an artist of their choice. 
Today we played them.. and even won a couple!

Wayne Thiebaud Ping-Pong Toss

...with prizes!! 

Hayao Miyazaki Spinny Wheel of Chance


Banksy Throw-n-Hook

Wassily Kandinsky (impossible) Ball Toss

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1st & 2nd - Outdoor Chalk!

With nicer weather this past week, 1st and 2nd grade PE and Art classes joined together for a super class of basketball and outdoor chalk art!

Here are a few pictures from our exciting afternoon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Art Madness is here!!!!

Art Madness has made a return this year! I decided to switch it to an every-other year project. I find it hugely beneficial in teaching about a variety of artists in a fun way, but since the project requires a lot of class time, this seems like a good solution.

Before Spring Break students chose the name of one of our 64 artists. They each completed an artist bio sheet and are now presenting to their class.

Students brought in book and images of their artist.

Great research, excitement, and thoughtfulness! 

In addition to bringing in an example of her artist's work, Natasha made her own artwork, in the style of her artist, Jackson Pollock! ... 

... and one very excited kiddo even made a shirt in honor of her artist! 

I love how excited everyone gets to learn about Art history! 
As an art teacher, there are fewer joys greater than your students passionately taking control of their learning to soak up as much artist information as they can!

We will soon start the first round of voting, and in a few weeks will have a champion! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kindergarten - Nature Drawings

After our recent ice storm, it was such a gift to have nice weather earlier this week!
Monday's Kindergarten class went outside for some nature drawings. 

We took our sketchbooks outside, along with our new favorite material - watercolor crayons. 

Students observed nature items around our school, first drawing in pencil, then outlining in Sharpie, and then adding color with the watercolor crayons. 

5th Grade - Keith Haring Figures

5th Grade continues to work on Keith Haring figures... just a bit larger now!

Everyone selected one drawing to enlarge on mat board.  Emphasis on showing movement!
We used X-acto knives to CAREFULLY cut them out - after a tutorial and safety talk, we had no injuries, phew! 

Peer collaboration - oh yeah!! 

Using the primary colors + green, we painted the figures. 

We are getting quite attached to out little pals.


After Spring Break we will be taking all of the figures 
and attaching them into a collaborative sculpture.
Can't wait to see how they turn out!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kindergarten - Sweet little birds!

Last week, Kinder classes experimented with mixing primary watercolors to make secondary colors. 
We also painted black circles on paper to make the bodies of our birdies. 

This week, we read "Little Blue and Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni - one of my favorites. 
Simple, Clear, Adorable

Using Sharpies, we made little birdie faces and little birdie legs. 

This time, we used watercolor crayons for more precise coloring. 

Here are a few more -

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New quarter, new elective!

Welcome to 3rd quarter! Are we really half way through the school year?!

A new quarter brings a new elective class for 7th & 8th grade
Art - i - facts!

These 5 awesome kids will be organizing this year's

We selected the 64 artists and will soon be getting started with what has become a favorite FSW Art tradition!

This quarter we will also be creating an Art History Music Video.... similar to this one from 2012 -