5th Grade: Work in Progress

The Fifth Grade’s drawing abilities have improved by leaps and bounds already! We started with drawing from a photo, but that was too much of a first step. After some discussion with the class, we tried again with line art as a reference instead. That seemed to be exactly what the group needed. With new pictures to draw from, progress was quick. Several students have already begun coloring the value scale into the stripes of their animals. I can’t wait to see the final pieces!

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4th Grade: The Value of Value Scales

Fourth Grade has finally completed their illusions. The end results were well worth the work! The designs now offer a captivating banner on the wall outside the classroom for everyone to enjoy.

Next, we got started on our studies for still life drawings. Value scales are an important first step for any graphite drawing, so we started there. The scale will be an important reference when we begin drawing the real thing.

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2nd/3rd Grade: Sillhouetted Shapes

This week, Second and Third Grade finished their silhouette value scales. We had a brief critique where the students were encouraged to talk about things they liked about their own work and the work of others. I was very proud of how open they were about things they wanted to improve as well! The eagerness to learn and grow is what makes for great art students.

Once the silhouettes were completed, we looked at The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt and talked about the different ways that lines and patterns can be used in art. Next week, we’ll be working on our Klimt Peacock project.

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1st Grade: See the Seascapes

This week, First Grade started studying lines and motion. We spent a few days on lessons, and then started on our next project: a Seascape. We started by talking about the way waves move on the beach. Then we drew our guidelines and got started. With brushstrokes that copied the rolling of waves, we painted the ocean and created the first stages of movement.

The in-progress works are in the banner picture. Starting in the top left and moving right, the paintings belong to Isabella, Brayden, and Ethan on the first row, Ryan, Kate, and Lillian on the second row, Cormac, Russell, and Zoe on the third row, and Jonathan and Bladen on the last row.

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Kindergarten: Abstraction in Action

Kindergarten finished their color wheels at the beginning of the week and leapt into the final stretch of color lessons. We studied a few examples of abstract art, and talked about making motion through line. Then we started making on our own pieces.

By using thick paint, bright colors, and bold brushstrokes, students created a variety of beautiful abstractions with fun, touchable textures. Despite the serious faces while working, the Kindergarten class told me they had really enjoyed the project, so we decided to do one more with watercolors.

The second painting was a semi-abstract landscape. Students used crayons to draw trees on two sheets of paper, and then painted over them with watercolors to make abstract backgrounds in cool colors and warm colors.

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PreK: Watercolor Washes

PreK has been experimenting with different ways to use watercolor paintings in art. We started by making a bright watercolor painting. We then cut the paintings into strips and glued them down to construction paper to make a colorful collage.

Next, we tried making glue-resist paintings. By tracing our drawings with glue, we created “magic lines” that were invisible until watercolor was added on top, making the lines visible again!

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Preppers: Chihuly Class

The Prepper class has been finishing up the Seasonal Landscape Series from last week. With trees of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall completed, students moved on to a brief look at Chihuly sculpture. The pictures we looked at showed his hanging chandeliers and his fancy bowls. In class, we got to work painting projector sheets with blue and white paint so that they can be cut into pieces for a chandelier. Some students also tried making pinch pot bowls out of Play-Doh to mimic the ones in the pictures. Others just enjoyed sculpting their own personal creations!

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