Saturday, March 12, 2016
One of the Art Based Stations that third through fifth grade may choose to work on when they finish work early or on Fridays is an Artist Quotes Station. In this station, the students choose a quote by a historically famous artist. On a template provided, they write the artist name followed by the quote. Once they have completed their notes section, they discuss with their table group and write down what they think the quote means. This station was created to get the students talking about artists and to promote critical thinking. The cards that I use can be found here and here from Teachers Pay Teachers. I printed them two per page to minimize the size.
On most Fridays, the students work in Art Based Learning Stations. One of the stations is Artist Research Writing. In this station, the students choose an artist to read about. The artist cards that I provide are from Teachers Pay Teachers and can be found here. There are several sets of these available. After reading, the students write key facts about their artist on a Thinking Map, typically a Circle Map. They then use the Circle Map to help them write sentences to summarize the information read about the artist.
After studying about artist Alexander Calder, Kindergarten students cut out shapes in primary colors and arranged them intuitively on their work. They then created various lines in the background using a ruler. Their works were on display for Open House and Big Art Day.
First Graders created abstract landscapes with balloons based off of their study of Alexander Calder and his work Balloon 13.
Second Graders drew abstract people with various lines and primary colored accents after study the works of artist Alexander Calder. These works were on display for Open House and Big Art Day.
Third Grade created paintings loosely inspired by artist Alexander Calder. Each student rolled a dice to determine how many circles, wavy lines, and starburst shapes to their work. They then painted the lines black. Once dry, they filled in the rest of the area with primary colors. All of their pieces were displayed together as one large artwork.
Fourth and Fifth Graders created colorful wire self-portraits inspired by their study of artist Alexander Calder. Their work was on display for Open House which also happened to be Big Art Day.
Fourth and Fifth Grade students created their own mobiles using hangers and pipe cleaners after learning about artist Alexander Calder. Their mobiles were hung up in the hallway as a large display for Open House and Big Art Day. In the last two pictures you can also see the collaborative paintings that the students worked on as they finished other projects.
During a study of artist Alexander Calder, Kinder through Third Grade students created crazy line sculptures out of air-dry clay and pipe cleaners. The students displayed these on their homeroom desks for Open House which also happened to be Big Art Day.
Monday, September 28, 2015
As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the 4th and 5th graders wrote art critiques over Alligator Effigy Vessel from Chorotega, Costa Rica. Art critiques are a part of our curriculum to encourage the students to think and write critically about art using appropriate vocabulary.
As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the 4th and 5th graders wrote art critiques over Pepe Santiago's wood carved sculpture, Lizard Alebrije. Art critiques are a part of our curriculum to encourage the students to think and write critically about art using appropriate vocabulary.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
The students typically work on collaborative projects each Friday once their individual projects are completed. During our study of Wayne Thiebaud, the students created large scale drawings, paintings, and collages of cupcakes and cakes. Some of the cakes were painted with water colors. Some of the collages were made with torn and cut pieces of paper. Other collages were created with magazine pictures in a color blocking style. These were displayed in our cafeteria on three new display panels our school was able to purchase this year. We use the panels as backgrounds for music programs and to display art throughout the year.
During a study over artist Wayne Thiebaud, fifth grade drew and cut out their own template of a donut. They then used their template to draw repeating and overlapping donuts to fill an entire picture plane. They added various details to their donuts. Their work was displayed in the hallways at Open House.
Fourth graders learned how to draw three tier cakes as a part of our study on artist Wayne Thiebaud. They reviewed basic types of lines and used those lines to create interesting designs on their cakes. We discussed various jobs that you can have as an artist including a cake designer. They then added a border with various lines.The students outlined their drawings in permanent marker and then painted them with water colors. These were displayed across from the art room as a part of a larger Wayne Thiebaud inspired display at Open House.