Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Claes Oldenburg inspired Sandwiches

We studied the whimsical Pop-Art of Claes Oldenburg and read a funny and strange pop-up book Sam's Sandwich by David Pelham. Inspired by both, the students of 9C created realistic looking non-edible sandwich art using foam, paper, fabric, glue and even handmade frilly toothpicks.


William Steig Storybook Figures

As the 5th graders did an author study of William Steig in their ELA class, they learned about the artist William Steig in the Artroom. The students then got to create a storybook "bottle figure" based on their favorite Steig character. The base is made from a recycled water bottle and newspaper, first covered in plaster and then adorned with paint, fabric and other assorted collage supplies.  

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ceramic Dried Flower Hangings

The 4th Graders made red clay wall hangings to hold dried flowers. They rolled clay slabs, created unique shapes and textures and folded it up to form a little pocket for the flowers.

2nd grade Portraits


The 2nd graders learned about facial “mapping” or proportions in art class. We discussed the relative placement of facial features and the shapes of these features. The students practiced drawing faces in pencil and then used craypas for their final version. They designed a shirt, and then painted a uniquely patterned background. The elements were all glued together to create a beautiful and highly personal self-portrait composition.

Ceramic Fish Bowls

In the Art Studio, the Kindergarteners traced and cut fish shapes from clay slabs, and then drew patterns on them. They created bases by attaching a ring to the bottom using scoring and slipping. After the fish were fired in our kiln, the students glazed them, learning the difference between glaze and paint. As inspiration, we read The Rainbow Fish and Fish is Fish, two classic fish tales. 


Mixed Media Birch Tree Landscapes

The 4th graders practiced many techniques to put together these whimsical landscapes. They first divided a landscape scene and drew patterns using craypas.They painted using watercolor paints. The students then drew trees and cut them out and painted them to create a bark effect. Finally the trees were glued down.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Picasso Blue & Rose Collages

The students observed and discussed the paintings of Picasso's Blue and Rose periods, 
as well as his subsequent Cubist style. They first painted large sheets of paper in 
different shades of blues/greys and pinks/reds. These were cut up into pieces and used
along with recycled newspaper, wallpaper, sheet music and construction paper to create
 guitar, bottle, bowl and jug shapes. Some of these were also cut up and re-glued to a 
different background to create a fragmented Cubist art piece.