Throughout this quarter, first-grade artists have been working on creating art inspired by the impressionistic artist Claude Monet. We have painted impressionistically for our Monet frog's lily pad home and today we experimented with oil pastels to create an impressionistic drawing. Our inspiration was Claude Monet's famous painting, The Japanese Footbridge, and we read parts of Linnea in Monet's Garden to examine how Monet's style of impressionism changed. We analyzed how the artist could draw the same thing four times and how it can look more like a photograph (realistic) or less depending how much he 'stirred' paints together.
Artists loved getting to have their artistic license to experiment how they wanted with oil pastels and practice new techniques. We even got to listen to music that Monet may have listened to (Pachelbel Canon in D). Our artists LOVED it!
Friday, March 14, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
This quarter, third graders have been busy creating art inspired by Wayne Thiebaud! Artists critiqued Thiebaud's two-dimensional paintings of desserts, sketched cupcake designs, experimented with pinch pot and coil-making techniques to create their own clay cupcakes!
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Some of the final products! There were too many DELICIOUS ones to upload! YUM!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This week, kindergarten artists practiced following one-step drawing instructions, watercolor painting procedure and techniques, the use of charcoal, and critiquing their artwork with their peers. Artists designed their own mountain after looking at Japanese wood printer and painter Katsushika Hokusai's Mount Fuji.
Some of the students' artworks!
"I like my volcano because I made rocks exploding".
"I wanted my mountain to be happy like a rainbow".
I love how this artist said in his critique with his peers: "I wanted to make a volcano and I wanted to make it look angry". He definitely created an angry mood with his use of red and black! Great job! :)
Artist Reflection: "I like how big I made my mountain. It looks important."
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Bottlecap Mural Update!
Second graders, Life Skills, and Intensive Intervention classes have been working tirelessly on our Warren Arts and Education Foundation collaborative mural! Over the last few months, we have:
-learned about upcycling and determined what can be upcylced, recycled, and what should just be trashed.
-created sketches for our "Garden of Life" collaborative mural
… and now we are finally working in teams to glue their bottle caps down and they are working so fast and diligently! :)
Two more weeks and we should be about done! Can't wait to share final more updates!