Tuesday, October 28, 2014

7th & 8th Painting Critique

Critique & Smoothies

What a wonderful, creative, highly motivated, FUN quarter this has been in our 7th & 8th Painting Elective! We ended the quarter with a final critique, celebrating all of the work made over the past 10 weeks. I also brought in my blender and we made smoothies. 

Why Critique - 
Throughout the quarter, students engaged in mid-project and end of project critiques. Although they are always encouraged to discuss artwork with peers, critiques are designated times to present, share, collaborate, comment, encourage and celebrate everyone’s work. At the 7th and 8th grade level, critiques are student-led as one person shares their process, their inspiration, and next steps, others then comment, pulling from a vast artistic vocabulary. The environment created through critiques is inviting and encouraging of peer suggestions, while maintaining trust and freedom to express individual aesthetics. It is quite a sight to see middle school students talk about their work and the work of others with such a high level of care towards one another! 

Why Smoothies - 
They are nutritious and delicious. 
As a side note, smoothies became a popular topic of discussion this quarter as several students played the daily game of "what's in Amy's smoothie". 

Next quarter's elective .... Mud & Fire!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

5th Grade - Abstract Leaf Paintings

More Fall Fun in the Art Room!!

We began with heavier-than-normal watercolor paper, taped it to a large piece of cardboard and headed outside to gather leaves. We had to use soft, not dried up leaves to work best. 

Using a wet on wet watercolor technique, students applied a layer of water to their paper before starting. They then created a composition with their leaves, pressing each one to their paper firmly and holding it in place until it stuck to the wet paper. 

Students then chose two analogous colors and one contrasting color and applied "blobs" of paint throughout their paper. 

The different color combinations were quite spectacular! 

We left the paintings to dry with the leaves still attached. 

Once dry, students pulled off the leaves to reveal these amazing creations. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kindergarten - Fall Art Centers

Fall has arrived in the Art room!

Kindergarten classes are working on several autumn themed projects while using a range of different art materials and processes. As the leaves change colors and the weather gets cooler, we are taking notice of the beauty outside our door and finding artistic inspiration from nature.

Still life drawings using pumpkins and guards.
 We explored adding shadows and highlights using oil pastels. 

Leaf painting and printmaking using leaves collected from outside of our Art room. So much fun! 

We are also working on leaf rubbings, fall landscape drawings, and fall colored sun catchers. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

3rd & 4th Mondrian Maps, continued

3rd & 4th has been working hard on our maps, and we are just about finished! 

We used primary colored watercolor to select areas of importance to add color to. 

Here are several of the finished maps. 

Can you identify any of our local Wilmington neighborhoods?

Monday, September 22, 2014

3rd & 4th Grade - Mondrian Maps

3rd and 4th graders will soon begin the classroom unit 
Mountains to Sea
as they explore all aspects of North Caroline.

In Art, we are connecting to the study of maps and map making 
by using goolge maps to draw maps of Wilmington. 

Working in groups, students used the iPads to select either a portion of town, or all of Wilmington to draw. 

We also used several printed maps of isolated areas such as Bald Head Island, Wrighstville Beach, or downtown. 

Our cartographers are well on their way!
We are also looking at the artist Piet Mondrian, and will soon add color in select areas. 

6th Grade - Color Spectrum

What a beautiful area we live in! 
The biodiversity of the plants in our native gardens is incredible!

yellow + blue = green
...but what shade of green?

In an attempt to explore the endless possibilities of color mixing, I had 6th graders head outside and collect 3 leaves each. We then lined up all that we collected and were amazed at the spectrum of color. We then discussed ratios and proportions and we began to understand how to recreate so many spectacular colors. 

Stay tuned for our leaf inspired artwork that students are currently working on! 

1st & 2nd Grade - Welcome, Fall - Tissue Trees

Welcome, Fall!

We are ready to welcome in fall with this mixed media tree project. 

We began by observing and sketching the trees found outside our Art room.
We then used oil pastels to color the trunks and branches, adding texture for bark. 

The sky was created using a watercolor wash. 

Students then colleged cut and turn pieces of tissue paper for the leaves. 

Here are a couple of the finished trees, soon to be displayed in the hallway.