I can't tell you HOW amazed I am with the 5th graders self-portraits. It was an extreme leap for students to jump into a realistic subject, but they were eager to learn and excited to see their work on display! Students used small mirrors to study each feature and proportions of their face. Starting with pencil with a sketch, they outlined details with sharpie and then added pops of color with CRAYOLA class pack of washable markers.
In the kindergarten general education class, students were learning about times of day and the complexity of the solar system. We decided in art to tag along with these themes and create a paper plate weaving inspired by day and night!
Students compared colors to different times of day and we noticed that they were equally divided on the color wheel, just like hot and cool colors. After the color study, students initially painted the paper plate using tempera cakes. These amazing low cost material are a staple in my classroom for little hands learning how to paint. If a student accidentally mix paints, they wash clean with one pass under the sink. I can use one tempera cake almost a FULL school year for nearly 200 students! I buy the cakes individually without the plastic organization bin. I've used styrofoam trays, left over microwavable meal plastic trays, or even a simple plastic picnic plate to keep the paint on. If I am using them for a long duration, two or three weeks, the plates slide perfectly on my drying rack! They store perfectly and again a GREAT way to teach little people about painting. Check out Blick for tempera cakes!
On the next return to art, students began to learn the terms warp and loom in relation to their paper plate weaving. After a student mastered the over-under technique, I would get them to teach or assist struggling students. With fall holiday interrupting our weaving flow, we worked on the yarn for three weeks! The development of fine motor skills is important with Elementary age students. The dexterity of their hands is important to handwriting and their spacial and visual reasoning.
The final addition to the weaving was a sharpie face depicting day and night! Check out these awesome works of art from our Kindergarten artists! We used the plates on our nonfunctioning school clocks, which will be fixed in February!
I am so happy to present these amazing self-portraits from our artists at Garden Hills. Opening our third project with ambitious self study developed a connection to artistic commitment for the five week project! From practicing in our sketchbooks, to artist studies of Chuck Close's work, and a color scheme of temperature, I couldn't be more impressed with the amazing work!
When I arrived at Garden Hills in August, I walked the hallways to assess areas of visual improvement. My new co-educators had done amazing jobs maintaining bulletin boards, cork stripes, and jazzy their spaces, but I noticed the stairwells were simple and left to the classic gymnasium taupe wall color. I made it my goal to hang art in the stairwells of the Hills. It seems obscure to hang art along stairs, but it has truly transformed the small spaces with bright and cheer colors.
The 1st grade artists got their hands dirty with clay this week. Students explored how to make mini bowls with plasticine clay. The white pliable materials never dries out and is the perfect tool to practice our clay skills. Students observed a demonstration by me first using a document camera projected on our interactive white board. We discussed the sticky property of the plasticine clay and how we can pinch, stretch, and mold the clay into vessels. A vessel is a form that's function is to hold a material. These perfect pinch pots will prepare our students for their final projects next week!
The art room received our first DonorsChoose project. This mini iPad is creating digital fun for all students. Through the kindness of friends, family, local businesses, and other individuals, we are able to support the learning of our modern tech savvy students! Can't wait to get more technology for the art room!
Our Pre-K students explored the fantastic season of fall. We first explored the weather through the book, "Leaf Man". After a lively discussion about leaves, students traced their hands, added stems, and veins to make leaf hands. Returning on the second day, students created emphasis by outlining the image with a sharpie marker and then added the colors of fall. Exploring paint with Q-tips is always fun and brings a smile to everyone's face!
Spatial reasoning can be challenging for young developing mind. Training one's brain to see things differently and how to organize images and shapes is a task that needs nurturing at an early age. During this week's art station rotations, students explored letters, shapes, and space. At the carpet station, students used their first and last name, something familiar, to arrange pattern blocks into different letter shapes. It is so fun to see the size, scale, and shapes the first graders created.
Our older students of Garden Hills are putting the finishing touches on their sketchbooks!
The third and fourth grade students used plastic binding and drawing paper to construct their books with graffiti style name designs with secret personal symbols. This week they started applying bright bold colors with art stix! Yes, that's with an x, from the brand PrismaColor!
Fifth grade is still hunting for adjectives and images that visually represent who they are! Student must find a childhood memory, favorite foods, four words that describe them, and their NAME! They are using ModgePodge glue to adhere the images onto their sketchbook purchased by the former art teacher! Thanks Ms. Cohen, happy retirement! Collage can get messy, but these kids are pros at cleaning the art room!
This week, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders began to explore art with Station Rotations! Each student had an opportunity to travel through four stations: (1) I SPY, (2) trilingual puzzles with colors and shapes, (3) illustration boards, and (4) my station with small group instruction.
During my stations, students learned about book bindings and the parts of our sketchbooks while adding finishing details of colors and sharpie marker. We are off to a great start and look forward to another exciting week in art!!!
After-school art is in full swing! This Monday kids met with Ms. Neufeld and I decided to hang around to make art, too! We were given directions verbal to draw different objects, letters, lines, and shapes. The objective was to see how everyone interprets words and creates differently!
This is a picture of Miller's and my art for the following directions: 1) draw the letter G; 2) add a zig-zag line; 3) draw a stick figure; 4) draw a straight line with dots above it; 5) draw a tic-tac-toe board; 6) draw a house; 7) draw a caterpillar, and 8) draw a BIG rainbow!
Fun afternoon creating with kids :) If you are still interested in after-school programs, check out Kiddos in the front office of the Hills.
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