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.