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!
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:
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 below. Student started their piece with a pinch then added features and textures to turn their pot into an animal of their choice. Check out the student work here https://goo.gl/4yD8hj
3rd Grade students created their mugs or vases by combining the coil pot and slab building methods of ceramics. Then students learned about the work of contemporary ceramicist Roberto Lugo. Lugo creates work that promotes equality showing how different cultural histories can work together. Most of his pottery depicts portrait paintings of influential people in history combined with decorative patterns and designs. Using Lugos' work as inspiration students were then asked to come up with someone influential in their own lives. Using a transfer technique students applied a photo of their influential person to their mug and decorated it using lines and shapes. All the pottery is food safe and can be used at home.
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Roberto Lugo's Work:
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 example 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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