For years, it has been a tradition for second graders to design their very own castle drawing. We talk about shapes and 3-D forms, texture, details, and line variety. As they grow up, many students ask to revisit this assignment and draw new castles. It has worked out wonderfully that my 2nd and my 3rd graders are able to work on this assignment at the same time. Since third graders have already gone through this project, they come up with even more creative ideas the second time around. Since third graders only had one class to work on this project, they did not finish it. These drawings will be kept in the table folders for them to return to and work on when they finish other projects this semester.
I got this idea from one of my favorite art teacher bloggers, Cassie Stevens! Each student folded their paper in half and practiced painting and printing lines to create a symmetrical butterfly. They then used chalk pastels to color them in. We had just covered analogous colors, complementary colors, and other color schemes in the previous project. I was so happy to see that many students had that knowledge of color theory transfer over to this project!
First graders listened to this story and watched a short slideshow of some of Matisse's collages. This first week, we began by cutting shapes and gluing them down to cardstock squares. Next week will experiment with creating low-relief aspects with little bits of cardboard as well as folding and curling paper that will give the art 3-dimmension. These are still works-in-progress. I will post the pictures of the final collages next week. :)
Kindergartners are making collages this week that are inspired by Piet Mondrian. We first watched an animated video of some of his artwork (which I just love!) Then we talked about his use of primary colors, squares, rectangles, straight lines and how it was inspired by New York city and jazz music of the 1920s. We listened to jazz music as students made their own collages. They then stamped straight lines with scrap pieces of cardboard and black tempera paint. Here are some more videos I played as we worked:
3 Primary Colors by OK GO
Mondrian Art for Children
Mondrian on Vimeo
The Wilson Creek Art Show was held on February 11th. I want to thank everyone who helped make it such a successful event. Thank you to the PTO for their help planning this event. A special thanks to Mandie Wade, Keri English, Jodi Kenny, and Melanie Rutkowski for helping to assemble the many art displays. And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK to Melanie for helping me matte many of the hundreds of art pieces on display. Thank you to the many teachers who volunteered at the show, painting faces, selling raffle tickets, etc. Thank you to Mrs. DeBoer for helping to coordinate the many fine details of the event. Thank you to Mrs. Maher for giving assistance to coordinate the big picture of the event. And thank you to all of the students and families for coming out and supporting the fine arts at Wilson Creek. It was very much appreciated!
The Wilson Creek art show will be held tomorrow from 6pm - 8pm. Each grade level created a single work of art that will be raffled off (tickets being sold for $1). Along with the raffle, there will also be face painting, a craft station, a wax hand booth (1 hand for $8 or 2 for $15), and the PTO will be selling concessions. Most importantly, every child will have artwork up on display. :) Hope to see you there!
Third graders were introduced to Charley Harper, modern art, and minimalism as they created these beautiful collages of birds in winter. We talked about non-migratory birds and why other birds fly south for the winter. Some students chose not to use cardinals, blue jays, or other typical birds of winter as their subject, and created their own imaginary birds.
I am a K - 5th grade art teacher at Wilson Creek Elementary and Anna McDonald School in Manhattan, IL. I am also a mother of two little girls (who share my love of art)!