Inspired by artist Henri Rousseau, students created a jungle scene with an animal of their choice. Students chose an animal and followed a directed drawing on the iPads. Then they created a background using watercolor pencils and markers. Finally, they collaged jungle leaves on top to disguise their animal like Rousseau does in his paintings, shown below. To see more student examples click here!
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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First graders learned the difference between shapes and forms and ways artists depict forms realistically in their artwork. They drew test tube forms and mixed the primary colors using a wet-on-wet watercolor technique to create the secondary colors. We then looked at bubbles and they learned how light interacts with them to create a rainbow effect. Finally, students created a bubble background using chalk pastels and all the colors on the color wheel.
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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:
First graders read the book I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean. We discussed the difference between abstract and realistic art using images from the book. Finally, each student created a squid drawing something they felt they were good at drawing. Using a special salt watercolor technique and cool colors, students painting their backgrounds.
Take a peek at the book we read here: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Artist-Ocean-Kevin-Sherry/dp/0803732554
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Third grade students started by looking at famous examples of non-objective abstract art.
Then class created abstract sketches while listening to three rock songs. The students were to represent the music through line, shape, color and design. They picked their favorite drawing and used it to create a painting by mixing oil pastels and watercolors. Finally, the 3-5 students collaged their hands on top using the Green Screen iPad app. The final pieces will be hung up during Rock N Roll cosmic bowling in February!
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First graders learned how artists depict weather in artwork, specifically the artist William Turner. Students designed an umbrella and jacket using their knowledge of line, shape, and pattern. Then they created the background using blue marker and spray bottles and collaged their other pieces on top.
See the artwork of William Turner below:
In 1st grade, we looked at the art of famous portrait photographers who depict extreme emotion. Students explained different emotions and situations in which they feel each emotion. Finally, the children chose four emotions to depict in their photo strip. Here is the inspiration for this project:
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