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Fabric Quilts

Primary Quilt Squares Why do people make quilts?  How can a quilt tell the history of a family?  Can a quilt be art?  What is a pattern?  The Primaries discussed these questions and viewed pictures of quilts. In Science class, the kids are learning about properties and attributes.  How do you observe things?  How do you use your 5 senses to learn more?  You can use your eyes to see and your fingers to feel these quilts.  You can describe … Read more…

Pop Art Portraits

These lovely Pop Art portraits were created by our 2nd graders this week.  We read a book about Andy Warhol and watched a video about Pop Art.  We looked at and discussed Andy’s use of bright colors, repetition and popular subject matter.  The artwork we focused on was his self portrait.   To prepare, cut a 9×12″ piece of paper into 4 pieces.  You will need one quarter piece for each child.  The kids looked in a mirror to draw … Read more…

Mondrian Collage– Primary Colors

kindergarten Primary color Mondrian design We did this project last week to introduce the primary colors-red, blue and yellow to the kindergartners.  We looked at the artwork of Piet Mondrian and discussed his use of color– primary colors + neutral black and white.  We described the lines and shapes.  The kids then made their own Mondrian-inspired artwork using construction paper shapes.  Artwork by Piet Mondrian    

Water bottle Flowers

At the very end of last year, my third grade students cut apart plastic water bottles to make these flowers.  I started them off by cutting the bottom of the bottle off, then they continued with scissors.  You can round off the edges to make the petals look more realistic.  Then, these were painted with acrylic paint.  I hot glued these down to a large white piece of foam board.  Some kindergarten students also made little round lumps of model … Read more…

Alphabet Art from the First Graders

What is a focal point?  How do artists arrange their composition?  What is emphasis?  How have words and letters been used in art?    These are some of the questions the Primaries explored in their first unit.  We looked at the art of Stuart Davis by viewing a slideshow.  The Primaries created a work of art using letters and numbers.  They choose one letter or number to use as the focal point and then surrounded it with other letters and … Read more…

What can you do with a dot?

What is art?  What materials can be used to create art?  How do we properly use art materials?  These are the questions that the Nest (grade K) discussed at the beginning of the school year.  They also learned about the most very basic mark in art… the DOT.  The class read the book: They also looked at a slide show of artwork that uses dots.  These are some examples: Aboriginal Art made in Australia. Georges Seurat and his Pointillist technique. … Read more…

Primary Self-Portraits and Machinery Drawings

I started out the year with the Primary students (1st grade) drawing small, quick self portraits. One kid drew himself as a pirate! lol. The 4/5s (4th/5th graders mixed) looked at gears and drew them from observation.  I also had pictures of gears and machinery for them to look at.  I showed them basic steps to add shading and value.  After they had drawn 3+ gears, I told them that we would be turning them into inventions.  We had things … Read more…