Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Pattern Stations

Patterns are everywhere! Patterns are on our clothing, on the walls, and all over in art! During this rotation, our young artists are participating in 6 different stations to experience different methods of creating patterns. Check out some of our works in progress!

At the weaving station, artists are practicing a pattern technique of weaving. Students practice moving their hands "over, under, over, under" and discussed how those words are opposite. At this station, students created a simple paper weave that we will complete at the end of the week!
 As art critics, students looked for any type of pattern or repeating shapes within artwork from different times in history. Students were then given strips of white paper so they could repeat a pattern they saw in the artworks.
 I love the "Elmer" book series and it tied in great to India's use of patterns within artwork! Students practiced a simple pattern (ex: A-B-A-B or yellow-purple-yellow) before coloring a patterned Elmer!
 In introducing radial symmetry, students were practicing putting a pattern in a circular format and got to take photographs of their works!

 At this station, students are practicing drawing a pattern and then repeating it 3 more times! We will be making a 3D collaborative mural using students' squared art. Keep on the lookout!

 Who knew you could use recycled objects to make jewelry? We used pre-cut straws to design simple jewelry!

Friday, December 6, 2013

4the Grade: Taj Mahal-Inspired Drawings

This rotation, 4th grade learned about architecture, repetition, and pattern by creating their own Taj Mahal-inspired buildings! The Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the most interesting architectures and places in the world and is located in Agra, India.

Mrs. Boyle's class did not get as much time to complete their projects this week but most kiddos did such an AWESOME job adding details within their patterns and repeating the pattern on both sides. Check back in the next few weeks to see some of the other class' works!

Also, check out the following link to take a virtual tour of India's Taj Mahal! It is SO COOL!

This student chose to go with a Christmas-theme! 

 This was so creative to even write his letters backwards!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from the Patriot Art Room

Students who finished early with their projects during this rotation got the chance to make their own version of Turkey Hands! We do not like to get "crafty" in the art room so when they get the opportunity to do these types of projects, I tell them that this is their time to use their creative art license!

A Creative Art License entitles the Artist to….
1.) Not do anything "cookie cutter" (well besides tracing their hands hehe). There are no examples for students to look off of because we don't want to steer their creativity in one direction.
2.) Think creatively! How can you make it look totally awesome? What do YOU think will look the best it can be?
Some of them are hanging in the cafeteria and overall...

4th Grade: Amate Bark Paintings

This rotation, Mrs. Seaton introduced Amate Bark Paintings and classes discussed the style of the Amate people (bright colors, basic shapes, elaborate borders). Students focused on birds and flowers which is a common theme. Students were super creative and we love how original students made their artworks! Nice job! :)

Kindergarten: Caterpillars

Mrs. Seaton had a great time this rotation teaching kindergarteners the painting techniques of illustrator, Eric Carle! After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, students critiqued his style and how they thought he might have made his caterpillar. Students used watercolor, acrylic, and tissue paper to all create a collaged and textured look.

3rd Grade: Chinese Landscapes

Mrs. Seaton is student teaching in the Patriot Art Room and has facilitated some awesome art projects! Third-graders critiqued the peaceful paintings of ancient Chinese landscapes. We discussed the use of line as well as how color can affect the artwork's mood. To make their landscapes, artists created light sketches of a forest scene, traced with charcoal, and painted with watercolor. Check out their progress photos and final products below!


 This one above is my favorite. This artist is from Korea and wrote the tallest Korean mountain's name on his artwork! So cool!

Monday, November 25, 2013

2nd Grade: Islamic-inspired Mosaic

With the fall musical rehearsals occurring during specials time, second graders usually aren't able to get a big project completed during this rotation. One class had the opportunity to paint Islamic-inspired tiles. We critiqued the style of radial symmetry that Islamic art has and then students were able to attempt their own design using simple organic and geometric shapes.