The end of the school year is approaching and we have had a wonderful time in the art room. The students have been developing their creative and technical skills and have immersed themselves in many different media/materials. They have talked about art, thought about art and created art!
The Kindergarteners have explored many new concepts and materials. Here is what we have been looking at and creating in the art room:
Students looked at illustrations of Eric Carle and his method of painting his own papers for his collages. They made their own painted paper with rollers with different patterns and then cut organic shapes the next week for a collage.
Students brought in their favorite stuffed animal and drew them- (with a lot of love…) They added a painted background using tempera cakes which create bright, beautiful colors similar to watercolors.
First Graders learned about radial design and we talked about different examples in nature and more-
We talked about geometric shapes and organic shapes and abstract painting. Students created a shapes painting with the primary colors. The next week they used black and white paint for designs and a variety of lines to highlight shapes and areas of their painting.
Second Graders created beautiful landscapes using torn papers in a collage. They learned to overlap their pieces and “paint with paper”-
Third graders learned about a new printmaking technique- collagraphs. They created a collage with a variety of textured papers/materials and then glued them on a backing. They covered the collage with gesso paint to seal their printing plate. Black ink was rolled onto the plate the next week – Here are the beautiful prints- The printing plate is next to it-
We talked about architecture and looked at a variety of books of buildings throughout history and around the world. Students created a charcoal drawing postcard of an existing building or a building from their imagination. They also created their own postcard stamp after looking at the work of Donald Evans.
Fourth graders finished a painting influenced by the artist Frank Stella and Minimalism. We looked at work by Mondrian and students responded with thoughtful observations to the works shown.
They began with a square piece of paper and a ruler dividing the space in an interesting way and then cutting parts out of the paper. We will be painting them with color later- learning about analogous and complementary colors as well as shades and tints.
Fifth graders completed their acrylic paintings. They concentrated on texture and layering colors-
Students learned about Pop Art and the interesting artist Andy Warhol. They had a choice of a multiple print or a large painting of an everyday object influenced by his work.
Thank you for a wonderful year! All student work will be coming home next week-enjoy sharing it all with your child/children- I have so enjoyed working with them this year! I look forward to seeing everyone in August- Happy Summer!