Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Grouchy Ladybug

In art class, we read the story The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. He is an illustrator, who is the artist that creates the pictures in books. First graders created a ladybug using tissue paper like Eric Carle. They also added aphids to my artwork, which are little bugs that eat plants. They learned that ladybugs eat aphids and help save our plants!

Papier Mache Ice Cream Cones

Thanks Phyl over at Dragon in the art room for this idea. The kids loved making these and they really turned out awesome!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Inca Masks

In Art class, fourth graders studied South America and the Inca's. They learned about the Incan culture, the city in the clouds; Machu Picchu, and the Spanish invasion. Students designed their own Incan mask by embossing metal foil. They focused on making their masks symmetrical. Fabulous work students!

Monarch Prints

In Art class, second graders learned about Monarch butterflies and how each year a generation migrates to Mexico in the fall. The Monarchs reach a forest area in the mountains of Mexico and nest in the trees. We talked about the symmetry and overall design of the wings. Students learned the parts of a butterfly; antenna, head, thorax, abdomen, and wings. Second graders started this project by painting a letter B on one side of the paper with yellow paint, and then folded it to create a symmetrical print on the other side. Next, they added orange and black paint for details. A Q-tip was used to add the small white dots around the wings. Beautiful work second graders! I got the idea from there is a dragon in my art room blog!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Degas Figures

In Art class, fifth graders studied the artist Edgar Degas through power point. They noticed the movement he showed in his artworks of ballerinas. Students created their own Degas inspired artworks. They started out making their own scratch paper using oil pastels and black paint. Next, they formed a figure doing some kind of action out of tin foil.
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Picasso's Hands Holding Flowers

In Art class, third graders viewed many works by the famous Pablo Picasso and tried out one of his colorful line drawings of a bouquet of flowers just in time for Spring. Students painted a bouquet of flowers using the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) to paint and mix. The classes loved seeing how two primaries could create the secondary colors (orange, green and purple). The final step was to do a line drawing of their hand holding the bouquet of flowers and to sign their name just like Picasso!