Thursday, June 6, 2013

5th Grade Monet Garden

The 5th grade students learned about the life and artwork of Claude Monet through a power point.  Students learned that Impressionist painters were more focused on how the light affected their piece of art.  Monet would paint the same subject matter over and over but at different times during the day and different times of the year.  Students were able to view Monet’s Haystack series and discuss what season or time of day they thought the painting was done.  Students were able to create lays of paint using different techniques and Analogous colors to create an Impressionist piece of art like Claude Monet.


5th Grade Cakes

The 5th Grade students studied the Pop Art Movement through a PowerPoint.  We focused on the artist Wayne Thiebaud and learned about him through a video.  Wayne Theibaud was an American Pop Artist who loved to paint sweets and deserts.  Students were able to see Thiebaud apply his paint so thick that it even looked like real frosting!   Theibaud was turned down by several art galleries before he ended up getting his first art show, which was an instant success.  The 5th grade students were able to design their own cake keeping in mind how many layers and flavors they each would like for their cake.  Students reviewed VALUE and learned how to create tints and shades using chalk pastels.  Students also learned that colors that are next to each other on the color wheel are the best colors to blend together.  Students were able to add a variety of details to their cake.  Finally students designed a background trying to use colors that were not in their cake to create contrast to make their cake stand out. 


4th Grade O'Keeffe Skulls

The 4th Grade students learned about the life and artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Georgia O’Keeffe grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and has become one of today’s most famous painters.  Her mother thought art was very important, so growing up O’Keeffe had many art lessons and was encouraged to go to Art College.  O’Keeffe loved nature, so most of her paintings were of flowers, mountains, seashells and even animal bones.  O’Keeffe often simplified her paintings, creating more emphasis on the beauty of nature.  Eventually O’Keeffe moved to New York to start showing her artwork.  After being in New York for a while, O’Keeffe took a teaching job in Texas and loved the clear skies and the bright sun there.  After teaching for a few years Alfred Stieglitz, a famous photographer, offered Georgia to come back to New York and he would pay for her expenses and all she had to do was paint. It was hard for O’Keeffe to leave the beauty of Texas, but she could not pass up the offer and this was the beginning of O’Keeffe’s fame! 


4th Grade Fish Sculptures

The 4th Grades students learned about sculpture through a power point.  A sculpture is a 3-Dimensional object that can be made of various materials and can be any size.  3-D means you can see ALL three sides of the object; it pops out and is not flat.  We looked at the difference between shape and form.  Students were able to create an armature (the base for their sculpture) from a balloon and poster board.  Students then used ANALOUGOUS colors to paint their fins.  Finally they used glitter gloss and sequins to finish their fish sculpture.


3rd Grade Spring Birds

The 3rd Grade students reviewed the Warm and Cool Colors.  Students also reviewed what TEXTURE is and used texture plates to create texture in the background using only the cool colors.  Students then learned what the word organic means and used only curvy/organic lines overlapping their texture.  To create CONSTRAST students used yellow and orange watercolor to create their background.  Next students added a tree and branches and added shadows to make it look more realistic.  Finally students were about to draw a bird native to Wisconsin sitting in their tree.  Students colored their birds using tints and shades.  We talked about which direction the light is coming from and what part of the bird the light will hit first.  This would be the tint and the farthest part of the bird from the light would be were the shading would be. 


3rd Grade Hot Air Balloons

The 3rd Grade students learned about Hot Air Balloons through PowerPoint.  They learned that hot air balloons fly because hot air weighs less than cool air, so by heating the air inside the balloons allows it to float.  Students were able to look at and see various examples of hot air balloons and their bright, bold patterns.  We reviewed horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.  Students were able to use different lines and different shapes to create a unique design for their hot air balloon.  Students had their photo taken and added themselves into their hot air balloon.  Then they used tissue paper and water to create a textured sky background.  Finally students had to write at least three sentences starting with, “If I could fly I would . . . .


2nd Grade Mona Lisa

The 2nd Grade students learned about The Mona Lisa through a short video done by a little girl named Sophia.  Students loved this video!
Students brainstormed the sentence, "If I could take Mona Lisa anywhere I would take her to . . . ."
We wrote various examples on the board and students had to choose a place and create a background.  I then used the ipad app. Masterpiece and too the students photo, which puts their face into the Mona Lisa.  I printed them off and students added them on top of their background. 


2nd Grade Matisse Collage

The 2nd Grade students learned about the life and artwork of Henri Matisse.  Students learned that Matisse loved to use his scissors to make various shapes overlapping to create a collage.  He rarely threw any scraps away.  Students learned the difference between positive and negative space.  Students also learned the difference between geometric and organic shapes.  The students created a collage with many overlapping geometric and organic shapes using the positive and negative images just like Henri Matisse did! 


2nd Grade Guitars

The 2nd grade students learned about the life and artwork of Romeare Bearden through a PowerPoint.  They learned that he was very interested in jazz music and this influenced his art. We discussed the many different instruments that there are in a Jazz Band.  The students also reviewed what a collage is because Romeare Bearden overlapped fabric, photos and paint to create beautiful collages inspired by music.  Students were able to create a music collage using the piano keys pattern for their boarder and designing their own guitar.  Then they overlapped musical notes and sheet music.   Finally we reviewed the various types of lines and students had to fill the rest of their negative space repeating different colors of lines.