Wednesday, December 19, 2012

7th graders Yummy Acrylic Painting

This year the Seventh graders worked on acrylic paintings of desserts inspired by the luscious artwork of Wayne Theibaud. They started the lesson drawing in oil pastels on paper while looking at a real donuts or cupcakes (which can last a long time in the fridge for these purposes.) Next they completed the paintings on canvas board with acrylic paint, closely observing the object and the shadows it created.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Eric Carle Inspired Animal Book

In the art room we painted huge sheets of paper with lots of colors and used combs and rollers to add texture. Then for the next few weeks we collaged shapes from the painted paper to create animals. Finally we made a foam cover and added more pages on which we could color or write. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Animal Shape Collages - First Grade

We read the book Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert and were inspired by the bright shapes and colors. The first graders chose from many paper shapes and colors to create animal collages of their own. 



Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lighthouse Seascapes Weather Study - 3rd grade

The students looked at various sky and sea paintings ranging from the 19th Century European JMW Turner and John Constable to Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. The children drew a horizon line to separate the sea from sky, added land and then painted in tempera. They chose the weather and time of day for their scenes. Afterward we studied lighthouses, taking note of their shape and construction. The children each drew a lighthouse to add to their scene along with boats and other exciting objects. 



Monday, May 21, 2012

Giant Rainforest Tree Frogs

The First Graders' classroom rainforest study is enhanced in the Art Studio with rainforest art projects. The students each build a giant tree frog and then paint it with vibrant colors and add eyes. The frogs are displayed for their Rainforest Animal Book Publishing Party.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Batik Flower Drawings 4th grade

The Fourth graders drew close-up versions of the flowers they observed in wax crayon. Their papers were then crumpled up and washed with a blue paint. To achieve a special Batik-like effect, the papers were then ironed.