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September and October brought with it several new lessons. Students learned how to create steady straight lines and used tempera sticks to create a picnic blanket for a scene from “The Giant Jam Sandwich”. They cut out a paper sandwich and added “jam” using watercolor pencils. Then, they got more line work practice drawing Sandra Silzberweig fish that were colored using watercolors. The fish are swimming through hand-painted waves. To celebrate the arrival of Fall, they learned about Henri Matisse’s cut-paper art and made cut-paper door hangers. They also painted apples for the collaborative “Apples for Sale” display in the hall. These painted apples were given to sewing students to embellish with edge stitching. After break, a new group of students created Line Type Name “Tags” for their sketch journals. Then they learned about creating expression (and got excited for Halloween) using different shaped facial features and each made a Pumpkin Patch at Night scene. They then jumped into the colors of the rainbow. They learned each one and created a line painting, using tempera cakes. Once the page was filled with color and dry, they went over each color line with a black colored pencil and created additional lines, creating contrast. The last day of October and the beginning of November has been focused on the Color Wheel, understanding Primary vs. Secondary colors and Warm vs. Cool colors. Students have begun tissue paper painting warm and cool hot air balloons.
Students came back from Fall break ready for some ART! They started off their 9 weeks with a colorful lesson about line. They made their first name initials into Initial Monsters, gaining inspiration from the book “Color Monster”. They gave their monsters cooky and wild expressions. Then they learned about an art technique called Sgraffito (scratching to make patterns), which they applied to a “Moody Owl” drawing. Our moody owls flew in just in time for Halloween. The next lesson was about 2D vs 3D and how to turn lines into a type of sculpture. Students cut colorful paper scraps into thin strips, turned them into different shapes and glued them to a background making sure they all ‘popped’ off the page. Right now, they are finishing up their self-portraits. They learned about portraits and how to draw their own. They applied their knowledge of line to create a fun background, which will be ‘painted’ with colored tissue paper. They will see how the tissue leaves behind color when water is applied.
Second Grade was pumped to create after Fall break. We started off by learning a little bit about Pop Art and jumped right into a colorful Halloween project. They learned how to draw witch’s feet and then drew a pair four times in a grid. They then colored each one using contrasting colors and each different. Next was self-portraits, but these were in the distinct style of Tim Burton…huge eyes, sharp chins, long thin necks…they had a lot of fun experimenting with different options for facial features. The next thing they did was practice using their creative juices and imagination. They each got a clipping from a magazine which was an image of a scene, object, animal or people. They then had to glue the clipping to a larger sheet of art paper and finish the picture with their own drawing. Each student who finished by a certain day was able to present theirs in front of the class. They then started working on a watercolor resist background piece for a personalized ‘portrait’ to include facts about themselves. Right now, they are working on another portrait type, which will include the use of painted paper and collage…inspired by the artist Clare Young.
Third Grade has been very busy learning and creating! In September, students used chalk pastels to recreate Wayne Thiebaud’s ice cream cones. Boy did they look delicious enough to eat. A new group of third graders came to art and started off with Zentangle Name art for their own sketch journal covers. Then they tackled a self-portrait, which hangs on our “Say Something” wall in the hallway. Their portraits were inspired by this book. If you haven’t read it, you should check it out! After Fall break, the kids came back ready to work and continued with a Jasper Johns inspired black and white fall leaf print piece. They learned simple printmaking techniques and shadowing techniques to make the leaves appear as though they are popping off the page. Before we knew it, Halloween was around the corner and to pay homage to an old favorite (Frankenstein), students studied artist who started the Cubist movement and their art and created Frankensteins and Frankenbrides in a cubist style. They came out colorful, wacky and they were all so different! Their last week was topped off with a painting lesson built off of Wassily Kandinsky’s abstract art style. All of these pieces will be hung for display in our hallway.
Fifth grade came to Art and learned beginning Zentangle designs. They used these to create a personalized name piece for their sketch journals. The name designs were then colored with watercolor paint. They moved on with Tim Burton self portraits, by first practicing all of the distinct Burton character features. They created preliminary portrait sketches then moved on to their final portraits. These wonderfully odd portraits were displayed just in time for Halloween. Then students were introduced to artist Georgia O’Keeffe. They learned how she often painted enlarged portions of a flower instead of just the view of an entire flower. The end result was an ethereal blend of shapes, shadows and colors. Students went on to each paint a different portion of O’Keeffe’s large poppy painting. When they are all displayed together, the viewer will see one large poppy flower. Right now, students are learning about the Pop Art movement, specifically the art of Andy Warhol. They are using his Campbell Soup can paintings as inspiration for a Thanksgiving art piece. They are each drawing and painting their own Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling cans, in a pop art style.
Sixth grade came back from Fall break to begin learning about Frank Stella and his life of art. They focused on some of his later work, which was mixed materials sculptures. Each student created 6 organic shapes and 6 geometric shapes on flexible cardboard. They cut these out and embellished them with paint, applying base layers for color and then more layers for design. They then connected them using cut slits. These currently hang in the elective hallway. Like 5th grade, 6th also learned about Georgia O’Keeffe. However, they created their inspired pieces a little differently. They chose from several different black and white images of flowers. By using a handmade viewfinder, they selected a couple views from the black and white image and practiced sketching it in the sketch journal. They chose a final one to then put on art paper and paint. The end result was 9 very different abstract paintings that were all inspired by similar images and O’Keeffe’s way of visualizing her subject matter. After this, a new rotation started. These students began Art class with learning how to draw in one point perspective using their name in block letters. Right now they are finishing up the drawing portion and beginning to fill these in with color. The next step will be to complete a black and white background to attach their perspective names to. Next, they will begin work on self-portraits and hand-made stamps for printmaking.
Seventh and Eighth Grade-
The fourth and final group of 7th and 8th grade art students began class after Fall break. They began with learning about Zentangle art and created personalized name designs for the sketch journals. They took their time creating detailed designs and colored them with watercolor. To add to the fun of Halloween, they did their own Tim Burton self portraits. They, like other lower grades, practiced sketching typical Burton facial characteristics. Once they were ready, they produced their final drawings and added details using white and black color pencils and graphite pencil only. The next lesson was about negative and positive space in art. They made their own Notans using black and white paper (Notan is Japanese for “light and dark”). This was a simple but impactful art piece using very few materials. They moved on to drawing using the grid method. They were given several black and white animal images to choose from. Then they were required to draw a 1” grid over the original image and a 1” grid on the drawing paper. They then went square by square and drew what they saw, adding texture and shading along the way. Another group has come back to the art room, and they have started on Andy Warhol Pop Art Ocean Spray Cranberry Jelly cans. These will go on display with the 5th grade Pumpkin Puree Cans, as a Thanksgiving collaboration.
Around the Halls
1st Grade- Finished pencil holders, learning scissors control and basic stitches.
2nd Grade- Second grade is learning about how we construct sewing projects inside out to hide stitches. They finished mini pillows this week and did a great job!
3rd Grade- The second rotation of 3rd grade students has completed their first sewing project of the year, mini pillows.
2nd/3rd/5th Grade- Finished jellyfish garlands. Learning to follow cut patterns and basic stitching.
5th Grade- Tic tac toe tournament using their projects from this past week: tic tac toe button pouches. Fifth grade is the second class to start using the sewing machines this year! They have started practicing on paper sheets without thread to get used to handling the machines.
6th Grade- Sixth grade is the first this year to be able to use the in class sewing machines. They are working on a fish shaped pencil case and have already learned how to so nice straight lines as well as thread their machine.
Kindergarten- This week students learned about the drum. They learned that there are different types of drums, how to keep a steady beat on it, and made their own drum to take home!
1st grade- 1st grade students have been learning about the Opera - Hansel and Gretel. They created an Opera book, listened to musical pieces from it , learning dances for "Brother, Come Dance with Me" & "The Children's Prayer". Today students performed scenes from the Opera Hansel and Gretel.
Parker Dupuis -Hansel
Sophie Brassette- Gretel
Jincy Armand - Mother
Rivynn Dauzat-The Witch
Amelia Couvillon- The Dew Fairy
Ayden Gremillion-The Sandman
Coraline Deselle and Brynlee Bollingham - Angels
Drelynn Laborde, Gracie Guilotte and Olivia Gaspard- Gingerbread Children
2nd grade- 2nd grade learning how to read notes and keep a rhythm
4th grade- 4th grade is learning Music Theory and about The Barogue Music Period. Students are learning the proper technique and how to keep a steady using Boom Whackers, following along with video of Classical and Disney music.
7th & 8th grade- This week 7th and 8th grade are learning to play the tone chimes to Classical, Disney and Pop Music.