2nd grade students looked at the art of three master watercolorists: Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keefe. Students identified similarities and differences between the artists and their styles. The children then experimented with eight different watercolor techniques. They used their understanding of color families to paint a simple landscape using all eight techniques. See more student artwork here.
Kindergarteners learned about the glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly and his use of organic shapes. To replicate Chihuly’s sculptures students drew a pattern on a coffee filter using two types of lines and a primary color combination. They then sprayed their work with water, mixing the primary colors to reveal the secondary colors. Watch the video below to see more work by Chihuly. To see more student workclick here.
Fourth graders learned about sign language, ASL and the deaf community. We watched music videos in sign language and discussed the difference between spoken English and American Sign Language. Then students used clay to sculpt a hand depicting a sign that they could relate to. Some students added an object to represent the sign or their connection to the sign. See the video we watched in class below. Click here to see more student work.
Students looked at photos of space taken from both the earth and satellites. We also looked at the artwork of NASA artist and muralist Robert T. McCall. Then students created planets using plastic wrap on top of watercolor and added chalk pastel to create implied form. Finally, each child created an object of their choice to be floating in space with their planets.
Kindergarteners were first introduced to the Pop Artist artist Burton Morris. Then students applied their knowledge of symmetry to create, draw and cut out three different sized of hearts. They collaged their hearts with a cut background and outlined each piece to echo Morris’ style. Below is a photo of Morris displaying one of his heart pieces. See the student's work on Artsonia here.
5th graders examined the process of printmaking and Gyotaku or fish printing. Students looked up different fish species and chose one to draw, making sure to include extreme detail and texture. Students transferred their drawings to printing foam and used their knowledge of composition to print and arrange their fish in a visually interesting way. See the student work here: https://goo.gl/iTZa8U Watch a video about the history of Gyotaku here: