Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Facebook Profile

This month's Facebook bulletin board focuses on Alexander Calder, a modern sculptor known for making mobiles. His artwork is abstract, large scale and focuses on movement and balance. He is one of the participating artists in the Picasso to Warhol exhibit at the High Museum of Art, here in Atlanta.

2nd grade Story Quilts

2nd graders discussed the life and artwork of Harriet Powers, a Georgia artist. Students learned about quilts and symbols. Students created one panel of a collaborative collage quilt using personal symbols to tell a story about themselves.

4th grade Victorian Home Prints

4th graders discussed architectural characteristics and the famous Victorian homes in San Francisco. Students carved a styrofoam plate and printed 2 prints using brayers and ink.

Monday, December 5, 2011

2nd grade Glazed Guitars

Here are a few of the 2nd grade guitars after they have been glazed. Students discussed the neutral colors and chose 2 or 3 colors in order to complete their guitars

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

5th grade Mandala Prints

5th grade students learned about the Tibetan tradition of making sand mandalas. The Buddhist monks spend hours working on intricate designs in complete meditation. When the design is finished, they wash the mandala down the river in honor of the value of impermanence.

Students created a radial symmetrical print by carving styrofoam and printing four times. Students took the print a step further by reducing the plate and printing a 2nd color. The process was long but the results are beautiful!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kindergarten paintings

During a 3rd grade field trip to the Picasso to Warhol exhibit, I took a moment to acknowledge Jasper Johns and his number artwork. Thanks Jasper!

Jasper Johns was an American painter associated with the Pop Art movement due to his subject matter that often involved pop culture. He is most famous for his painting of the American flag, but he also did a series of paintings of numbers.

Kindergarten students practiced drawing thier initials and numbers and created a watercolor resist.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

3rd grade Tree Prints

3rd graders learned about artist, Gustav Klimt, and his famous "Tree of Life" painting. Students know all about positive and negative space after making their tree collographs. Students used traditional printmaking techniques to create a symmetrical print and then titled their artwork like professional artists.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

2nd grade Clay Guitars

2nd graders are learning clay building techniques and made clay guitars. After the clay dries we will put them in the kiln, glaze them, and then put them in the kiln a second time. Stay tuned for the final products in a few weeks!

1st grade Secondary Collages

1st graders practiced mixing primary colors into secondary colors in the textured style of Eric Carle. Students created symmetrical insect collages using thier mixed paper.

5th grade Gestures

5th graders learned about Henri Matisse and his cut outs. Students discussed proportion and practiced capturing movement by making gesture collages.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

3rd grade Value Desserts

3rd grade students studied the artwork of Wayne Thiebaud. He got his start in the 1960's when the Pop Art movement was starting. He is known for his paintings of cakes, pies, and sweets. Students practiced mixing tints by adding various degrees of white to their paint. Students communicated about their artwork by writing an artist statement

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

5th grade Contour OP Art Shoes

5th grade students made detailed contour line drawings. They studied the 70's art movement, OP art which used repetition of lines and shapes to create optical illusions. Students created emphasis by making their shoes big and in the middle. Students studied analogous and complementary colors.

2nd grade

Imaginary Creatures! 2nd grade students discussed the common use of animals in artwork. Students created an imaginary creature by combinging parts of 3 different animals into one. Students painted a landscape environment for their creatures

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Henri Matisse on Facebook!

Woodland's art teacher, Jenn Heyser, had a great idea for a bulletin board this week. Our plan is to highlight an artist with pictures and information each month. This month is Henri Matisse, one of the modern masters participating in the High Museum's "Picasso to Warhol" exhibit. Matisse was a French artist known for his bold use of color and use of positive and negative space. Check out this great website for kids, and learn more about Henri Matisse!!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Kindergarten students began their first lesson by reading The Spider Weaver by Margaret Musgrove and Julia Cairns. Students also read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Students used many lines and shapes to create a colorful spider web, complete with collage spider.