1st grade students learned about David Hockney's colorful landscapes. We discussed Hockney's style and his current work as well. They then painted paper to collage together for their own landscape. Each student mixed different values of blue to create their blue sky background and created colorful textured land. Finally, after creating small houses for their scene they collaged all their pieces together to make their own original Hockney inspired landscape. Click here to see more student work.
2nd grade students looked at the studios of famous artists throughout history. We discussed these studios and talked about how these spaces reflect the artists' work, process and personality. Next, we looked at self-portraits of artists creating art (see below for some of these images). Combining these two concepts, students sketched themselves creating their own art in their own studio. For the final work, students drew themselves working on a piece of artwork of their choice. After completing the project students compared their sketches to their final work and reflected on everything they learned throughout the process. To see more student work CLICK HERE.
Photos/paintings of artists in their studios
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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4th grade students began this project by learning about product design, graphic design and packaging design. We talked about the way art and design are used to help create and sell products. With this knowledge students were tasked with creating their own cereal-type product and packaging design. Finally, using the Animation App and Superimpose app, they each created a cereal animation showcasing their design and product.
Product design ideas:
5th graders learned about the Surrealism movement and the artist Rene Magritte, focusing on his work, The False Mirror (see below). The students then experimented with charcoal, blending stumps and kneaded rubber erasers to create value and implied form. They combined this with their knowledge of oil pastel to create a realistic eye. Finally, students created their own False Mirror using the Animation and Superimpose app. Their task was to draw something traveling through the iris that represents them in some way.
Click here to see the students' eye drawings, click here to see the student's animations.
Kindergarteners learned about Gustav Klimt and the common themes throughout his artwork like lines shapes, patterns, gold leaf and swirls. We looked specifically at Klimt's work, Baby (see below). Students then set out to create their own quilt pieces using different types of lines and organic shapes. For the background students drew swirls using metallic color sticks on black paper. Finally, students collaged their designed pieces and a photo of themselves on their background making sure to overlap the shapes in the form of a quilt.
First grade students began this project by discussing the different attributes that make monsters scary, silly and cute (see what the students came up with below). Students sketched a cute, scary and silly monster and chose their favorite to use for this project. We discussed different types, sizes, and thicknesses of lines to create the hole in the wall. Students used their knowledge of overlap to draw their monster hiding behind the crack in the wall. Finally, using oil pastel and colored pencil the students colored and shaded their work.
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Kindergarteners learned how to draw a realistic pumpkin and leaves.
Students learn the difference between the primary and secondary colors then mixed the primary colors to paint their pumpkin, leaves, and stem. Finally, students cut and collaged each element of their scene on to a night sky they created using chalk.
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Watch the primary and secondary color video we watched in class below!
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.
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