Friday, June 7, 2013

5th Grade Chalk Pastel Butterflies

These butterflies were created in the Art Room by 5th graders in conjunction with their World History unit on the Holocaust and inspired by the poem "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." The line drawing was made with black oil pastel on black paper and then the color was added with chalk pastels. Butterflies are a symbol of hope.

Rainforest Puppets

Lemur, Jaguar and Sloth

The First Graders made Rainforest animal puppets in the art room to correspond with the animals they were researching in their classroom. They used basic cardboard shapes to make the puppet, thinking of the special features that distinguish each animal. Then they brought their puppets to life using a multitude of materials like felt, foam, fabric, fur, yarn and more to create colorful and fantastical creatures. When the parents came to their in-classroom Animal Book Publishing party, they were treated to a puppet show as well!





Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kindergarten Sunflower Studies

In Art Class, we looked at real Sunflowers and read Camille and the Sunflowers, a story about Vincent Van Gogh in Arles. The students quickly drew in craypas and then painted their own big, bold and beautiful versions of a Sunflower. These always make viewers smile.


Inspired by Paul Klee's Big Head

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.”  Paul Klee

The fourth graders started with a big round head, divided it up and used craypas to make patterns in warm or cool color combinations transposing facial features for vibrant results.

Paul Klee was a Swiss artist of German Nationality (1879-1940). His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. His works reflect his humor and sometimes child-like perspective, his personal moods and beliefs. He was a highly trained musician and instructed his students in a series of musical operations for pattern development using rotation, inversion, mirroring or transposition of colors.