Thursday, November 12, 2015

Currently......inside the Big Green Room

Time is flying....I can hardly keep up! The kids have been working through so many wonderful assignments, but it's been hard to document all of it. We've worked very hard on planning and reflecting this year - we sketch and brainstorm before projects and fill out some type of rubric or self-evaluation when we finish up. I'm really proud of the kids - and our portfolios are looking pretty sharp, not to mention, they showcase a lot of Art learning! Here's what we're currently working on these days......

Kindergarten - Shapes with Modrian - I can name shapes I know and learn what the word geometric means. I can earn about a new artist, Mondrian and his geometric art. I can practice putting together simple shapes to make an abstract work of art. 

1st grade - Vincent van Gogh Sunflower Pots & Autumnal Farm Landscapes  - I can learn about Vincent van Gogh and create a sunflower pot. I can use tools and glazes to make a textured surface design on my pinch pot. I can explain the difference between Play-doh and clay. I can create a landscape drawing that shows size relationships that coordinate with space. I can include details in my drawing that tell a story about the time of year and the place. 

2nd grade - Clay Fish -  I can design a fish and translate the drawing into clay. I can use found objects to create textures in my clay piece. I can use clay processing techniques to build facial features for the fish.
I can adapt to the situation and be willing to change my idea if necessary. 

3rd grade - Vincent van Gogh Bedroom Sculptures - I can create a sculpture based on van Gogh's bedroom painting using found materials. I can plan the design for my bedroom using inspiration from my own life and learn what an interior designer does. 

4th grade - Giacometti Gesture Sculptures - I can learn about the artist Alberto Gicometti and make gesture drawings. I can explain the difference between 2-D and 3-D work. I can make a gesture sculpture based off one of my sketches. I can cope with the situation if all does not go well on the first try and persevere until I am successful. 

5th grade - Calder Stabile/Mobiles - I can create a STABILE-MOBILE sculpture that shows attention to balance, form, shape, space and color. I can use a monochromatic color scheme for the base of my sculpture.
I can use a special code to create a secret meaning for my sculpture. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Square1 Packets - Orders due November 13

Hi Parents!! Have you seen your child's Square1 art brochure? I was very excited and pleased with the way our art projects turned out this year! I hope you are enjoying the FREE stickers and if you plan on sending in a paper order, the due date is this Friday, November 20. It's very quick and convenient to place an order online, anytime. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help the art department purchase art supplies! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A few new things I'm trying out in my room.....

I've been wanting to hang something outside my door for some time to let students know what to expect for each 9 week period when they visit the art room. I made this poster from a large piece of 18x24 drawing paper which I laminated. Then I backed it on colored butcher block paper and made a border. Now the kids can reference the sign as they walk into my room to see what mediums they will be exploring during our units of study. 
All of my students, 1st-5th grades, are storing their work in a portfolio this year. I decided to do something similar with my Kindergartners. About every 9 weeks, I will be sending home the work we have completed in class along with a sheet explaining the big ideas/concepts behind each project. I think parents will really treasure these! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Currently......inside the Big Green Room

Currently, the students at Spalding Drive are wrapping up a few lessons from Unit 1, while some have already been diving into Unit 2. We will be fully immersed in the art learning of Unit 2 beginning next week, so stay tuned for what's to come.......
Kindergarten - Color-Mixing Pumpkins: I can use the primary colors to create the secondary colors. I can draw a pumpkin using observation and imagination. I can create a landscape that is broken up into two distinct sections by using a horizon line. I can show visual texture in my artwork and explain the meaning of the word, texture.

1st grade - Goods and Services Ads: Project Based Learning Collaboration. I can create a graphic drawing that represents a good or service that I am familiar with. I can learn about what a graphic artist does for the community (artists who create work for printed or electronic media). I can fill the space of my paper to create a complete composition.

2nd grade - Underground Worlds: inspired by Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artists. I can be inspired by book illustrators like Beatrix Potter. I can visualize through my imagination what could be seen underground.
I can make a drawing of an underground world that is either realistic or completely imaginary/humorous. 

3rd grade - Warm & Cool Indian Corn: I can create an observational drawing of Indian corn. I can show continuity within my art by sticking to color palettes that I choose to use. I can incorporate shadows to add dimension to my work.

4th grade - Cezanne Still-Life: I can learn about the artist, Paul Cezanne. I can talk about how I feel about his work. I can discuss the value of an original artworks vs. a reproduction. I can create a still-life and appreciate that artists study everyday objects in order to become better observers. I can verbally share the typical subject matter often found in still-life artworks. I can demonstrate how to create an intermediate color. I can use forms to draw an apple, bowl and vase and use highlights to emphasize forms.

5th grade - Contour Instruments: I can create a contour line drawing of an instrument. I can recognize Op Art and the work of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. I can understand and show how to use emphasis in a work of art. I can identify complementary and analogous colors.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Second round of bulletin boards 2015-2016

I really do enjoy putting up bulletin boards around the school - it's great for art advocacy, especially! I like it even more when I have the kids pieces of art to display!!! However, since I started the school year preparing the Square1 art fundraiser art with the kids, I haven't had anything to show off, so I've had to get creative with the bulletin boards in the hallways. Each of the bulletin boards below (except the very last one) had some kid-collaboration. I wish there was more time in the day! Please let me know if you have any specific questions about them - I'm always happy to help.