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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

1st Grade: Moody Faces

How does color and shape affect the mood of an artwork? 

This is the question that first-graders focused on all week. Does the red in an artwork cause it to look more happy or more mad? Do eyebrows pointing down make a person look more happy or more sad? Can the colors within an artwork help show the viewer understand it better? {We ask a lot of questions as artists... but hopefully develop a lot of answers!}.

After critiquing artworks like Edvard Munch's "Scream", Pablo Picasso's "Tragedy", and Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night", students chose a color (other than their skin tone) and were to use the color to inspire a mood that they wanted to show! :) 

See if you can guess what the artist wanted to convey:

 1. Happy or Sad?

2. Silly or Mad?

2. Calm or Angry?

4. Excited or lonely?

 6. Happy or Bitter?
 7. Surprised or Sad?

Kindergartners: I am Unique

This is by far one of my favorite lessons to do with my young artists! As beginning artists and kindergartens, the tendency is to use crayons to color one's skin with either a black or white crayon. At the beginning of class, I paint my kiddos' arms with either black or white paint. Do these colors really look like us? Are they really realistic? The answer... an astounding "Noooo, Miss W.!!!". 

The shape of our eyes, the size of our nose, and the color of our skin is unique and is what makes us special! We talk about how we are not even just a standard tone of brown, tan, or peach. We each have our own special blends of mocha, caramel, chocolate, peach, red, and bronze that match our skin tones (you get the point.:D). 

Once we got the chance to match our unique skin tones, we close read the book "Whoever You Are" by Mem Fox. What an awesome read for our artists!

Check out our "I Am Unique Self-Portraits" below! Great job kindergarten! :)

"Whoever You Are" by Mem Fox
  Our skin tone matching lesson
 "I Am Unique" Self-Portraits

Art Websites for Kids

With cooler weather settling in and daylight minimizing, here are some great interactive art games and websites for kids that promote the arts and their creativity!

Mr. Picasso Head
National Gallery of Art for Kids
Artist's Tool Kit
Inside Art
MoMa for Kids
Haring Kids
SmART Kids
A Pintura: Art Detective
Mondrimat: Piet Mondrian
Crayola for Kids

Enjoy! :)

-Miss W.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Life Skills: Collaging 3D Objects

The Life Skills class has worked tirelessly this quarter to create different collaging techniques. Artists used different materials like tissue paper, magazines, and construction paper to collage onto both wooden boxes (3D) and butterfly wings (2D). They turned out great!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1st Grade: Irises

With Mrs. Seaton, students discussed Vincent Van Gogh's Irises  and his style of expressionism
 Once the background dried, students used 2 colors for the flowers and did not mix them before adding them to our paper. We wanted that "raw" look to be able to see both colors.

Then students added stems and some seeds to give their artworks more details! 

Our mentor artwork, Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh
(artwork from