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Kindergarteners studied the art of Vincent Van Gogh as inspiration for their sunflower painting. Students learned about overlap, lines, and shapes to draw their sunflowers. Finally, the students colored and painted their piece using a watercolor resist technique.
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5th graders studied the art of Edvard Munch and his famous painting, "The Scream." Students then drew their faces screaming with excitement or fear. They brainstormed and sketched scenarios that could cause them to scream. They were encouraged to think outside the box and choose a situation specific to them. Students colored their drawings using mediums of their choice.
Watch this video to learn the story behind Munch's painting:
3rd-grade students learned how to weave on a cardboard loom. Using these skills they set out to create a towel/mat/blanket for a figure in a pose of their choice. Then inspired by the human sculptures of Jeff Koons and the NYC public art piece "The Sunbather," students created their own human figure out of clay. They manipulated their figure into any pose they wanted and many students ended up creating their own sunbather. Finally, they painted and decorated their clay figure in an outfit of their choice.
To begin this project class had a discussion about the impact a kind word or compliment could have on someone’s day. We learned about the Kindness project, a worldwide art project aimed to spread kindness (click here to learn more). Each student tried to come up with something meaningful and genuine in their speech bubble that would help spread kindness throughout Monroe. Check out the student's work here: https://goo.gl/9W5Hpp.
Students built an origami box to house their figure. Using their knowledge of portraiture and proportion students drew and shaded a self-portrait and background to fit into their box.
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We began this project by reading, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus as a class. We talked about the art room rules and why they are important. Then each student completed a worksheet where he or she wrote out the rule and drew a picture to go along with it. Finally, we drew a mustang (the Monroe school mascot) together and students individually added the necessary objects and props. I typed up the captions that go along with each piece and attached them to their projects. Read the artist statement on Artsonia to see what each Mustang is doing.
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In 2nd grade, we looked at the art of famous portrait photographers who depict extreme emotion. Students explained different situations in which they felt various emotions. Finally, the children chose four emotions to depict in their photo strip. Using the app Grimace, students created different facial expressions by combining emotions on the sliders. Then they then drew their face four times depicting the different emotions.
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2nd-grade students learned about the colorful and vibrant art of Henri Matisse, specifically looking at his paintings The Goldfish Bowl and Goldfish (shown above). Students then learned about basic perspective and created a room showing dimension. Finally, students animated a fish into their bowls or tanks. Watch student's animations below!
1st graders began the project by comparing and contrasting famous self-portraits throughout history. Each student then brainstormed a list of career possibilities and appropriate clothing and accessories for each job. Finally, they drew and measured a proportional self-portrait and added details relating to their future career choice.
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See the portraits we looked at in class below:
3rd grade students learned about different superfoods and they ways they can improve our health. Each student chose from a list of superfoods to render realistically in oil pastel. Finally, they used the iPad app Animation to give their foods super hero accessories and a short animated piece. Watch the students animations below!
4th-grade students learned about one-point perspective and the rules of atmospheric perspective. We then discussed different places artwork can be displayed and how artists showcase their work. Using their new knowledge of perspective they each created an art gallery with a theme and paintings to go along with that theme.
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See some examples of galleries and one-point perspective we looked at in class here:
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