Of course we're on task - it's clay!!!
5th Grade students learned the coil method of clay hand building. They just finished constructing some very awesome coil vases.
Now we wait for the coil pots to dry out completely so that I can fire them. Then we get to have more fun applying glaze to them!
1st grade students just finished up on three different penguin projects in the Art Room. We first learned about geometric and organic (freeform) shapes and then used those shapes to draw penguins. The art medium we used for our penguin drawings was oil pastels. Students seemed to enjoy these soft crayon-like drawing tools.
When our oil pastel penguins were finished the students were able to take these works of art to a new level using our iPads. I showed the students how to use the Percolator app. I helped them take a photo of their penguin and then they were able to change many settings in the app to transform their penguin picture into a new digital creation. They had fun seeing the different ways it could look. When they had it just the way they wanted, I showed them how to email the image to me so that I could save it and put it in their Artsonia gallery. Many students were able to help the next student by teaching them how to use the app and email the image.
We moved on to 3D penguins when we created the little guys in clay. We talked a little bit about the difference between 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional art -we'll learn more about that next year.
We made our clay penguins by putting them on our thumbs. The students thought that was funny. This was an easy way for us to create a form that was hollow inside so it would dry out faster.
The picture below shows all the Roosevelt Penguins waiting in line to have their photo taken for Artsonia.
Our 5th Grade students are super proud of this project! We were excited to see the finished work by the students in Thailand.
We used paint daubers and a heart stencil to create some beautiful paintings. Watch this short video to see how much fun we had. Sounds like a thunderstorm or a bunch of horses! I still have to photograph our finished works...coming soon!
Kindergarten students learned a little about the artwork of John James Audubon with this lesson. We looked at some of his bird paintings and talked about how he observed birds in nature to see what they really looked like.
We discussed what drawing from observation meant. Since we couldn't go outside in the cold and get a bird to sit still for us, we did our observation from photographs. I picked out a handful of birds that students would have seen in our area - Northwest Illinois - and printed out pictures for students to look at. We had just done a lesson in shape. We discussed the two kinds of shapes - geometric and organic (free-form) shapes before the students started drawing the bird they picked to do. I continued to remind students to look at the bird and see what shapes they saw and draw what they saw.
After drawing with pencils, I had the students go over the lines with a black Sharpie marker. The next class students painting their birds. Again they picked up the bird photos so that they could look at the colors as they painted. The birds below were painted with tempera cakes. See more of our Kindergarten birds in our Artsonia gallery.
Students in Veto's and Masias's classes learned about American artist Grant Wood. We looked at the shapes in his landscape paintings as well as how he created the illusion of depth using size, placement, and overlapping. We were also working on the Art Element of Color. Students were introduced to Intermediate colors and had lots of practice mixing them. This was a project that contained a great deal of learning, experimenting, and Fun!
We started by pairing up and working together to create Intermediate colored painted papers. Students chose a primary and secondary color that mixed to create an intermediate color. The students in the photo to the right is mixing the color yellow-green. Once the paint was mixed, each student painted a paper and then used a painting comb or craft stick to scratch a texture or design into the paint before it dried. This made our papers even more interesting.
Our goal was for everyone to create a painted paper in all six intermediate colors. We used two class periods to do this. The time was well worth it. We had fun and all learned how to make the intermediate colors.
Then the collage fun began! Students shared papers and began constructing beautiful, colorful landscapes!
SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCTS ON OUR ARTSONIA GALLERY -> Grant Wood Inspired Collages
The 5th Grade students have finished their claymation project!! We all had a blast working together to create backdrops and props for our scenes. Filming the stop motion animation project was a breeze using our new iPads and the app iMotion HD. This was the first time any of them have done this and I'm very proud of the work they did on their first animation movie!
Thanks to the Moline Public Schools Foundation for funding my grant for 6 iPads for the Art program!
Take a look at our completed video and pictures of the project in process.
* This originally was started as a connected classroom project with an Art teacher in Thailand. Our students were going to do our movie and then her 5th grade students would continue the movie. I'm not sure if this will actually happen. The internet seems to be iffy in Thailand and I haven't heard from her in quite a few weeks. We have our completed movie done - if they add to it that will be even better. I will keep the students informed of any contact I have with her.
**UPDATE (11/3)- I just received an email from her this morning! She has our part of the movie and her students are starting their part on Monday!
Kindergarten students created monsters using a variety of lines and learned about how Primary Colors mixed together to make Secondary Colors.
1st Grade -
1st Grade students practiced lines and the crayon-resist method to lend a "hand" to our 1st and 2nd grade group display. They also were introduced to Author/Illustrator Eric Carle as they created a ladybug collage. They learned how Primary colors mix to make a Secondary color as they painted papers for these ladybugs.
2nd Grade -
2nd grade students also reviewed and practiced using a variety of lines in the group "Hands Up" project.
Mrs. Larvenz's 2nd grade students looked at the lines and textures in birch trees as they drew with oil pastels. They reviewed the Primary colors and used these to paint the background of their trees. The mixture of the Primary colors created a beautiful background for the trees!
3rd Grade -
3rd grade students practiced lines doing Zentangles. Zentangles are like doodles. They are a great way to use a variety of lines, patterns, and designs to create a work of art.
Mr. Veto's 3rd grade students, as well as the 2nd/3rd grade students in Masias's class, reviewed the element of color. They discussed warm and cool colors as they painted two background watercolors for some fun ink-blown trees.
4th Grade -
4th grade and 5th grade students also started the year with Zentangles. The students seemed to really enjoy this relaxing form of art.
Mrs. Petersen's and Mrs. Watt's classes reviewed Color as an element of Art. Mrs. Petersen's class created trees using warm and cool papers and paint. These 4 panel paintings came out beautifully.
Mrs. Watt's class just finished doing a cool project that combined Art, Science, and Math for the last few weeks of the first quarter. It's called Color Wheel Eyes. Students learned about different parts of the human eye and painted a color wheel in place of the iris.
5th Grade -
5th Grade students have been very involved in a project combining Art and Technology. They are working on a claymation project using the iPads. Students working in groups created a backdrop for filming the movement of color balls as they change or interact with the environment. The project is just about complete. Stay tuned for our completed movie. For now...here's a sneak peek at two of our scenes.
See more of our finished projects on our Artsonia Gallery
5th Grade students are working on a clay animation project. There are 10 groups - each with a different scene that a colored clay ball, or balls, rolls into and interacts before rolling back out. We are using an iPad app called iMotion HD.
Here's one of our first scenes filmed.
Students in Mrs. Martin's Kindergarten class last school year participated in a Connected Classroom project with High School Student in Apex, North Carolina. Our Kindergarten students drew monsters as part of a lesson on using different kinds of lines in a work of art. The Kindergarten students named their monsters and then I digitally sent the images to Ian Sands who teaches Art at Apex High School. He had a class of students create 3D clay versions of the monsters. He then had a Computer Graphic Design class create toy packages for the monsters to go into. The high school students did a fantastic job! See some of them at work on Mr. Sands blog - http://apexhsart.blogspot.com/2012/03/monsters-round-2-sculptures.html
The first round of clay monsters made were way too heavy to be shipped to our Kindergarten artists, so Mr. Sands had his second semester classes create smaller ones. We got out of school for Summer break before they did in North Carolina so the finished monsters were shipped to us a few weeks ago.
Today students got to take their original drawing and the 3D sculpture in a package home with them! They were very excited and thankful of the hard work done by their High School Partners!
Take a look at the slide show below with our little artists and their monsters!
I'm very excited to be again teaching at Roosevelt this year! The students and I have such fun, creative classes together. I love the enthusiasm of our Roosevelt Bears!
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