Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Springtime Tree Blossom Paintings

If these paintings don't make us think of Spring, then what will?  After looking at Van Gogh's Almond Blossom painting, and discussing how just part of the tree is shown, kindergarteners painted their own tree branches.  Then students used tissue paper to create bright collage flowers blooming from the branches.

Finished Pottery

Take a look at our beautifully glazed pottery!  Kindergarten heart shaped bowls, crazy 5th grade creature heads, and adorable 3rd grade pigs!  Stay tuned as more comes out of the kiln and makes its way to our gallery!

Monochromatic Self Portraits

As you walk by the art room you will be amazed to see our rainbow wall of self portraits!! These drawings were created by K-5 students who worked hard to create realistic likenesses of themselves- focusing on shape and proportion-  Students then had fun choosing a color and coloring their whole face with shades of their chosen color.  The collective effect of these portraits is quite striking!!   Another "batch" is being completed and will be displayed soon!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dogs in Space

After reading the book "Dogs in Space" by Nancy Coffelt, 2nd grade students used oil pastels to create these imaginative and lively pictures of their own "Dogs in Space".  What fun!!

Kindergarten Heart Paintings

Kindergarten students brainstormed what they thought of when they saw a picture of a heart.  Students listed things like love, Valentines Day, family, and candy.  One student even said "My mom and dad hug me and my heart grows bigger".... How sweet!!  Then we looked at the work of Picasso and discussed how artists expressed their feelings by using color in their work- children looked at Picasso's blue period and rose period.  Children were given a palette of warm colors, plus white, and mixed tints to paint giant heart designs.  The results were as varied and lovely as their artists!!  Thanks to for the inspiration.

5th grade Light and Shadow paintings

Students looked at the dramatic shadows in the artwork of Goya. We discussed light sources, highlights an shadows. Then kids began painting with black, white and shades of gray to create their own shaded paintings. Check back for finished results soon! Thanks to " dali's moustache" for the great idea!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Snowmen At Night

First graders read the book Snowmen At Night and brainstormed ideas of what they would do at night if they were snowmen. They illustrated their ideas in art and then wrote about them in their classroom. Their illustrations showed snowmen sledding, skating, drinking hot cocoa, and giving Valentines.... This collaborative art and writing project was lots if fun!!