Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monet Inspired Fall Trees

In Art class, 5th graders learned about the artist Claude Monet. Students looked at a power point about him and spent some time studying his paintings and learning about how he used dabs of color without smoothing the paint to fill areas in his paintings. This style of painting is called Impressionism. Students made art like Claude Monet by dabbing colors of paint in this autumn tree painting. They mixed their own secondary colors (orange, green and purple) using the primary colors (red, yellow and blue). For the finishing touch students created a symmetrical leaf print frame.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pumpkin Landscapes

In Art class, 4th graders learned the different parts of a landscape; foreground, middleground, background and horizon line. Then they learned how to create depth in their artwork by drawing three different size pumpkins. Students then used the local artist Holly Hebel’s work as inspiration as they colored their pumpkin landscapes. Students worked really hard shading their pumpkins to show roundness.

Warm/Cool Hands

In Art class, 2nd graders reviewed the lines horizontal, vertical and curved. They used a ruler to help draw the horizontal and vertical lines that you see. Next, 2rd graders traced their hand to get curved lines. Students also reviewed the warm colors (red, orange, yellow) and cool colors (blue, green, purple) while coloring their artworks.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Snow Plow Blade Ideas?

My school, (actualy two of my three schools), has been chosen to paint the front of our city snow plow blades. Each blade is 3 feet by 9 feet. Any ideas for what to paint on them with my students? I'm thinking of choosing one class to do the work, and we only have two or three classes to prim and paint it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pumpkin Drawings

5th graders made these pumpkin drawings on the first day of class after we got done with the back to school stuff. They drew with pencil, traced with white oil pastel and then colored with construction paper crayons. Main focus was on shading, highlight/shadow and making things look round. We looked at a local artist's work for inspiration, Holly Hebel.