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November brought Fall-inspired art lessons & projects. Some things are: stamped t-shirts for their Thanksgiving Feast around the walking track, learned how to distinguish warm and cool colors & draw organic shapes by creating warm leaves to collage on a cool backdrop made with tempera sticks (a class favorite); created plastic cup Christmas ornaments. In December, students made snowmen in perspective; embellished cardboard snowmen; cut out, glued together and animated ‘crayon people’ for the giant color box in the hallway; helped to create the beautiful background of a life-sized Viking nutcracker that went on display in town; did some creative finish-the-story drawings. Now that it’s January, they’ve made winter Matisse-inspired Collages; participated in a fun Louisiana symbol drawing contest (K took on the drawing of an alligator); are creating their first self-portraits and learning about facial features, proportion and have the chance to use multiple mediums to render their portraits. Recently, they learned about symmetry by making squish paint hearts. These kiddos were simply amazed to see the shapes and blended colors that were revealed when they opened their hearts. They noticed how both sides were the exact same, a duplicate of the other.
In November, students made self-portraits embellished with a background of creative lines and patterns; learned about one-point perspective and created a farm scene landscape; started on winter cottage landscapes and in December they finished their cozy cottage scenes; made ornaments for the school tree; created hand-made Christmas cards; helped work on the wintery background of a collaborative Viking nutcracker that was displayed downtown; did some creative finish-the-story drawings. January’s already here and students have created happy paper penguins in the wind and learned about conveying movement in their art using line positioning shapes; participated in a fun Louisiana symbol drawing contest (1st took on the drawing of a black bear); are creating their own Anansi spider scenes from the original book that we read-aloud in class. With this lesson, they are learning how to create graphic African-inspired patterns on the background and will be drawing and cutting the rest of the scene. Right now, 1st grade students are creating their own unique Matisse “Goldfish” art pieces. They are using different mediums to finish these bold & fun pieces: drawing, outlining, resist painting, cutting and collage
This 3rd 9 weeks of 2nd grade started off with their own drawings of strawberries, the Louisiana state symbol. This is part of a school wide competition for each grade. Students then learned about the art of Zentangle and each made their own Zentangle Hand Art piece. They moved on to learn about using shadows and highlights to create depth and form, and applied this to a colorful pop art heart montage. Students then created semi-directed abstract resist paintings that became backdrops for a type of self-portrait collage using a black and white photo and typed words. Currently, they are working on a Clare Youngs inspired sunburst. They are learning about composition and color.
Fourth Grade- We’re currently learning about Analogous color schemes and applying them to a directed abstract drawing.
The students started the 3rd 9 weeks participating in a Louisiana themed drawing competition. They studied cypress trees and looked at many images; then they each drew one of their own interpretation. Next was a Matisse inspired cut-out collage featuring different posed figures made of proportionate cut out pieces of paper. They really enjoyed this type of art! Students then created a glue and chalk pastel resist heart. Currently, they are working on their own Zentangle name labels for their personal sketch journals. They are learning how to create multiple different patterns using shape and line. With this lesson, they get to experiment with composition and design. This week, students finished a one point perspective piece.
6th grade started off this 9 weeks working on their LA symbols for the school competition. They were tasked with drawing the very detailed Louisiana state flag symbol. They learned about the history of the flag, how the symbol has evolved over the years and what the symbol conveys. Students then learned about the artist sculptor Frank Stella and his works. They used his art as inspiration for their own sculptural mobiles. These can be viewed in the Elementary building elective hallway, hanging from the ceiling. Each of the sculptures tells a unique ‘story’. Now, they are learning about perspective…looking at it in historical works of art, learning how and why it can enhance their own art. They are creating one-point perspective shape compositions, using what they have learned.
Seventh and Eighth Grade-
7/8th graders are creating Intergalactic Explosion Booklets. This was a multi-step lesson that taught watercolor techniques, origami/folding techniques, and required a level of craftsmanship in order to create a nice finished product. The students were very happy with the outcome and proud to show them off!
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Kindergarten- Kindergarten is currently learning simple running stitches and is using that knowledge to create Christmas ornaments and other keepsakes.
1st Grade- First grade recently finished yarn woven bookmarks that helped them to learn how to visualize the end of a project before beginning. They are also working on running stitch ornaments similar to kindergarten.
2nd/3rd Grade- 2nd and 3rd grade are working on felt Christmas tree ornaments. They are given the creative freedom to decorate their tree anyway they'd like using thread, ribbons, and buttons. Third grade also recently finished a simple pillow that teaches them how to construct projects inside out before turning it right that out for the finished product.
5th Grade- Fifth grade recently finished quilted turkey feathers for Thanksgiving and are moving on to hand embroidery on a simple pillow. They will also be creating felt Christmas tree ornaments with the same embellishments offered as the younger grades.
6th Grade- Sixth grade recently completed simple stuffed snakes that are displayed in the hallway outside of the sewing room. They are now creating frog pillows that teach them how to follow written sewing instructions.
7th/8th Grade- this rotation of 7th and 8th grade are the first to be able to use the sewing machines for these grades. They have completed a standard size pillow case on machine and are now moving on to Christmas stockings. They are also embroidering their name by hand on the stoppings which will hang in the hallway later in December.
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 graders learned about the famous composer Antonio Vivaldi and his most famous piece “The Four Seasons”. Students learned to move to the music using scarfs and painted a tree scene for each season.
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.
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