Friday, March 23, 2012

3rd grade Landscapes

3rd grade students learned about the life and artwork of Atlanta artist, Ford Smith ( He is a landscape painter known for his use of color. Students created landscapes with depth by forming a foreground, middle-ground, and background and altering the placement and size of landscape details.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

5th grade Clay Masks

5th grade students studied the artwork of Atlanta artist, Kimmy Cantrell. He is known for his colorful, expressionistic clay masks. Students used additive and subtractive hand-building techniques to create asymmetrical, playful masks.

4th grade Clay Fruit

4th graders used classic clay hand-building techniques to create realistic fruit. Students learned about Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusuma, who is known for her whimsical installations using repetition of dots. Students chose to glaze their fruit realistically or in the style of Kusuma.

3rd grade Clay Face Jugs

3rd graders finished their clay face jugs this week. Students learned about the history of anthropomorphic vessels that have been commonly made in many cultures. Students created coil pots with expressionistic faces.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

1st grade Architects

1st graders read Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. It's a clever story about a young boy who dreams of becoming and architect. We also looked at pictures of Atlanta buildings and discussed what an architect thinks about. Students turned a flat paper bag into a 3d building sculpture.

2nd grade Sculpture Gardens

2nd graders studied the life and artwork of Henry Moore, and English abstract sculptor. Henry Moore's sculptures are large and often displayed in outdoor, public settings. We discussed why an artist might want to display his/her artwork in a public place, and we discussed how Henry Moore had an exhibit here in Atlanta at the Botanical Gardens a few years ago. Students created paper scupture gardens complete with an abstract figurative statue in the middle.