Finally, they used acrylic paints to bring their flavors to life!
Mrs. Schueler's fourth grade class got to learn out Claus Oldenberg's and Wayne Thiebaud's work before they created their delicious ice cream papier mache sculptures.
Students created their armatures using paper cups, newspaper, and masking tape. They then took 2 classes to apply the papier mache. In the past, I have only given one class for this. Boy, did that second class make a difference! Students were able to slow down, smooth everything out, and get at least 4 good layers on. These cones are STURDY!
Finally, they used acrylic paints to bring their flavors to life!
Square 1 Art is a phenomenal fundraising program. Students create artwork on an 8.5" x 8.5" square and the company scans all of the images into their data base. The original artwork is returned to each student along with a complimentary sheet of stickers with their artwork! Friends and family then have the opportunity to shop the personalized products from the catalogue. Any purchases help support the art department here at Manhattan 114. We have used this fundraiser to buy extra clay, leather, specialized painting supplies, books, and so on. More information regarding order forms will be sent home next month. :)
The projects that each grade level worked on:
K: We painted peacocks. We used rulers to create a "fan" pattern for the feathers.
1st: Students created radial symmetry patterns. We started this project by tracing 3 circles on to the paper, and the students took it from there!
2nd: Students drew their name with details to describe themselves and their interests.
3rd: Students used iPads to research their "underwater" drawings.
4th: The theme for these drawings was "plants and animals". Students used their iPads to help research this.
5th: Students used their iPads to research their "insects, amphibians and reptiles" drawings.
ACCESS students K - 3rd: Students used tissue paper and colorful painted paper to create a collage of any subject they chose.
This was so easy and so fun. Students used scrap pieces of cardboard and some yarn to wrap colorful ornaments. Most of the yarn was secured with masking tape (which is hidden in the end) and a very minimal amount of hot glue was used.
Sometimes my daughter, Anna, tries out new projects with me. She used some of her own beads and do-dads to complete this. Seriously, this is easy enough for preschoolers, but fun enough for older kids as well!
Mrs. Schueler's fourth grade class learned about the Polish art, "Wycinanki" (vee-chee-nan-kee). They focused on creating a symmetrically balanced picture that incorporated the subjects of a lot of Wycinanki - trees and birds!
I used this wonderful blog post to help me with my planning for this project. The hand out that the author of the post provided was quite helpful! I told students to not copy her drawing, but to use it as a visual reference as they created their own.
Fiber art was introduced to Mrs. Schueler's fourth grade class. Students learned about the Native American legend of dream catchers. Then, they took wire hangers and formed them into circles. Using and a half pieces of yarn, they created a loom with 17 radii (it is important in this type of weaving to have an odd number of strings in the loom). They then wove pieces of fabric throughout it. To finish it, they created decorative fringe with beads and feathers.
Welcome back! I hope you spent some time creating with your little artists over the summer break. Here is a picture of my 4 year old. Disregard the piles of laundry and other disheveled items in the background. Sometimes painting with your kid is just more fun than housework! :)
This week has been very busy getting to know my new friends, reintroducing classroom procedures to my old friends, and just getting back into the swing of things. Here is a quick recap of what we have started!
Kindergarten is learning about lines. We read "Lines that Wiggle" (such a cute picture book), and then learned about the different types of lines. We will create a short project with lines next week.
First grade was busy mixing secondary colors. We watched my all time favorite music video about primary colors and saw a couple pieces of Wassily Kandinsky's artwork. They will finish their oil pastel color mixing project next week.
Second grade took more time to look at Kandinsky artwork and discussed why they thought an artist might want to create abstract work. Then, they used tempera discs to begin to paint their very own abstract painting. We will continue this project with printing details. I will also read "The Boy Who Heard Colors" to them to give a fuller view of who Wassily Kandinsky was.
Third grade started out the year by learning about Central American weaving styles and creating large cooperative paintings. This was an idea I picked up from the High Shoals Elementary School art room blog. These are turning out so well and I am excited for you all to see them at Anna McDonald's open house next week.
Although I have not met with my 4th and 5th grade classes, we have great things planned! Fourth grade will be learning about weaving and make dream catchers. Fifth grade will be learning about the fun world of juxtaposition!
On another note, I am happy to introduce my first student teacher! Amanda Borchert is a student from Trinity Christian College with a background in graphic design from Southern Illinois University. She is excited to be here and will be bringing so many fun projects for all of the kids!
So proud of my fourth graders! Their papier mache ice cream looks awesome! The last step is to give them all a clear coat finish. I used Krylon last year (which did not give the finish we were looking for). My students will most likely use Mod Podge next week (or a Mod Podge alternative...Pinterest, don't fail me now!)
Square 1 Art is a fundraiser that the art department has participated in for many years. We are able to buy a lot of extra supplies, materials, and art books because of the money raised by Square 1 Art. Each grade level has a project or drawing theme that they work on just for this fundraiser. Even if the child does not place an order, he or she will receive a sheet of stickers with his or her drawing on it!
This year, kindergartners are creating colorful pictures of their silhouettes. We are discussing proper painting techniques, different lines, and patterns.
1st graders are drawing bright radial patterns. We are discussing radial patterns (of course), analogous colors, and adding details.
2nd graders are creating word art that describes themselves, their interests, or what they love about school. We are discussing negative space, analogous colors, patterns, and tints.
3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are creating their own unique compositions based on these themes:
3rd - Under Water
4th - Plants or Animals
5th - Insects, Reptiles, or Amphibians
All of these grade levels are discussing focal points, space, details, and borders.
Projects will be due early February and more information about ordering from Square 1 Art will follow shortly after.
Mrs. Kirk's 4th grade class has learned how to create the complex pattern of tessellations.
This is the method that I use in my classroom to teach kids how to draw their tessellations. It is actually quite simple to create, but looks very complex!
STR Partners had a very hard time coming up with winners from all of their entries this year. Between our Gold Winners, Silver Winners, and Special Recognition Awards, we had 18 students recognized between Anna Mac and Wilson Creek! Mrs. Ambrosini and I are very proud of all of our students who participated in this contest! Good job, guys!
4th graders learned about the Mexican holiday that is celebrated on November 1st to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. This is a project that I have picked up from Mrs. Ambrosini. The kids love the colors and designs! It was also an opportunity for some students to talk to their friends about favorite memories of their own loved ones who have passed away. We chose not to mold the skulls with a spoon so that they could form chins and cheekbones. Another awesome bit about this project is that they GLOW IN THE DARK! Just in time to wear for trick or treating. :)
STR Partners is the architectural firm that designed Wilson Creek. Every fall, our students participate in their holiday card contest. This year, the theme is "My Holiday Selfie". Looking at drawings (K-5), I definitely think we will have a few winners this year!
Fourth graders started out the year by creating 1/4 of a radial pattern. Although students did not collaborate with peers as they designed their own square, it became a collaborative piece when they were all connected and laminated together. Each fourth grader has contributed to the colorful vestibule that leads into our classroom.
My 4th grade class has brought the Wayne Thiebaud unit to a close this year! His work is so much fun to show in the classroom. I try to involve every grade level in this unit because of that.
We took 2 weeks to build and paper mache these ice cream cones. It then took another 2 weeks to paint and decorate them.
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)!