Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sorting Shapes

First graders have been learning the difference between geometric and free-form shapes. We did a sorting activity before we got out the paint! I love finding different ways to teach a concept!

Clay Owls

Third graders created these cute thumb clay owls and brown paper bag tree sculptures in Art class a few weeks ago! They loved it!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Klimt's Tree of LIfe

In Art class, third graders learned about the life and art of Gustav Klimt (Mrs. Bartolazzi’s favorite artist) Students learned that Klimt’s father was a goldsmith and taught him how to work with gold. This inspired Klimt to use gold leaf in his paintings. We noticed that most of Klimt’s artwork are portraits and landscapes. We studied the beautiful "Tree of Life" by Gustav Klimt and talked about all the unique details he added to the painting. Students then designed a tree, adding their own embellishments with gold paint, marker, colored pencils and sequins. Check out all their unique details!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Shape Alligators

In Art class, first graders have been busy learning about the art element of shape. Students learned there are two different types of shapes we talk about in art; geometric and free-form. Geometric shapes are shapes that have a specific name and are shapes we talk about in math (such as triangle, circle and square). Free-form shapes are shapes from things in nature (such as the shape of a cloud or leaf). First graders drew an alligator step by step using shapes! Students then used a steady hand to outline their drawing with sharpie. Finally, first graders painted their alligator green using yellow and blue liquid watercolors! Fantastic job first graders!