3rd-grade students learned about the Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai specifically his painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Students used their knowledge of gesture drawing, figure drawing, and balance to sketch out surfer poses. Together we drew a "great wave" and the students added surfers in realistic poses and creative details surrounding their surfers. Finally using oil pastel and watercolor techniques students colored their work.
In Kindergarten students learned about illustration and looked at popular books and the illustrators who worked on them. Students tried to guess the book by the illustrator's style. Then each student chose their favorite book and a small picture that they felt represented that book. Finally, each student drew a book and "illustrated" the cover. They then created a self-portrait and collaged the book cover on top.
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See some of the illustrators we discussed below.
Fifth grade students learned about a group of contemporary ceramicists and current ceramic tends. We looked closely at the artist Carrianne Hendrickson, shown above. Student started their piece with a pinch then using the slip and score method added features and textures to turn their pot into an animal of their choice.
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In this project, 1st grade students learned how to make coils and the history of the coil pot. Each student created as many coils as possible and built their nests using the slip and score method to securely connect each coil. Students were ask to think about what animal might use this nest and created and glazed their eggs to match with their animal choice.
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Coil Pots by High School Students:
In 1st grade, we read the book Tacky the Penguin and had a discussion on the importance of being original and different. The students discussed their own traits or interests that make them different and thought of how they could depict these qualities in their penguin drawing. Students, then learned about artist have drawn portraits in profile and the history of a profile view in art. With all this knowledge students drew a penguin in profile add their own unique details.
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In conjunction with the second grade immigration unit, students learned about the Statue of Liberty. I introduced the designer, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and engineer/architect Gustave Eiffel. We talked about symbolism and how the Statue of Liberty symbolized freedom to Ellis Island immigrants. We played a game where students had to guess a book by it's symbol, try to guess the examples below! Students then filled out a worksheet to help them come up with an object and book that they felt symbolized them. Finally, they drew themselves with their symbols as the Statue of Liberty and created a cityscape background using printmaking techniques.
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As inspiration for this project third graders learned about constellations, the Chinese Zodiac, astrology, and patronuses from Harry Potter. Students discovered what animal and star sign their birthdays are associated with and took a quiz to find out what animal best represents their personality. With all this knowledge students created or chose an animal to draw for their constellation.
Students began by creating a background using a tint or shade of blue and a splatter technique to create stars. Next, students learned how to create a gradient scale and drew and shaded their constellation imagery. Finally, the students named their constellation, which you can see as the title of their piece on Artsonia as soon as the work is posted!
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First grade students learned about the artwork of Andy Warhol, specifically, his Campbell's soup can prints. We also looked at the art of contemporary artist Lindsey Wohlman, who created a series that visualizes the insides of Warhol's soup cans through gelatine-mixed freestanding soup sculptures (visit the link below to see her work).
Students used the resist watercolor technique to create their alphabet soups and added a short word or phrase made out of "noodles" to their soup spoon. They collaged their work together and added shadows to make their work appear three dimensional.
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