Kindergarteners learned about the glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly, his process 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 a starch and water mix, mixing the primary colors to reveal the secondary colors.
Students looked at different styles of still life paintings from abstract to hyperrealistic. We discussed methods each artist used to reinforce their personal painting style.Then students sketched a coffee cup as realistically as possible, they used highlights and shadows to render it in a realistic manner.
Finally, each child used model magic to add either marshmallows or whipped cream to the top of their cups.
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Fifth graders studied the difference between appropriation and parody and how it relates to art. Each class looked at a variety of parodies that were inspired by influential artwork throughout history. The students were asked to create an original parody for the painting Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. Using sources from the internet and a line drawing of the famous painting, each student drew and painted a person of their choice in the legendary pose.
1st-grade students studied the art of El Greco, specifically his painting, View of Toledo (shown below). They each mixed different values of blue to create their blue sky background and created grass showing texture. Finally, after creating small houses for their scene they collaged all their pieces together to make their own original view of Toledo.
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Students critiqued and analyzed the work of contemporary artist Jean Paul Basquiat specifically the way he combines text and images to formulate his thoughts. The student compared and contrasted the work of Basquiat and rapper Macklemore using an interview with the rapper and the song lyrics. Students created a portrait using words and images that represent their daily thoughts and made decisions on word placement and color choices.
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2nd graders began by reading the book A Perfect Day. The illustrations in this beautiful book were created by collaging together a variety of recycled paper. Using their knowledge of symmetry students traced and cut pieces of scrap paper. They collaged their pieces together with other recycled items to create their own snow angel. Finally, using tints and shades they created a snow background.
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Kindergarteners learned about the printmaking process and looked at artwork created using printmaking, specifically the work of the artist Geoffrey Ricardo (see video below). For the background of their painting students created a watercolor wash with analogous colors. Each child then applied their knowledge of printmaking to create their trees using small pieces of cardboard and used a splatter paint technique to create snow.
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3rd Graders studied optical illusions, positive/negative space and MC Escher as inspiration for this project. Students used iPads to photograph each other's faces in profile. They edited these photos to create an original face/vase using the Superimpose app. Next, they traced and cut out their profile on foam and printed it on paper with printmaking ink. Finally, they added objects that symbolize something important to them in the vase.
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1st Grade students learned about the different types of cacti and how they survive in the desert climate. We also looked at artwork and pottery created by the people of the American South West. Students drew their own cacti making sure to pay close attention to overlap. Students used popular southwest patterns to create their pot and colored the project using a marker and water technique and chalk pastel.
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