Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Waterlillies and Watercolors

Christa, Grade 2

Grace, Grade 2

Luis and Ian, Grade 2

Ella, Grade 2

Ian, Grade 2

Alfonso, Grade 2

Gael, Grade 2

Ava, Grade 2

Ally, Grade 2
It is time for Spring!  The 2nd and 3rd graders will begin their spring projects with a study of Monet's garden in Giverny.  They have heard about his life in a read-aloud, and have created a collage with their thoughts on Impressionism.  They created these beautiful bridge pictures with watercolors and soft pastels.  I love to see that they are able to apply what they know about perspective by making the lillies seem smaller closer to the horizon.  They used horizontal brushstrokes for the water, vertical for the trees and dabs of paint for the background foliage.  I have put them up all over the art room to remind us spring is on the way!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Kindergarten Klimt Collages

Frieze Patterns by Gustav Klimt









Kindergarten took a look at some of Gustav Klimt's famous Art Nouveau patterns this week.  They experimented with texture as they added gold paint to their papers, trying out three brushstrokes.  They then practiced cutting basic shapes and gluing them down in the corners of their papers.  They added triangles and swirls, and filled space with any other shapes or lines they saw in Klimt's work.  Line, shape, texture, pattern and art history all played a part in the creation of these fun collages, and we got valuable practice with our art-making tools.

American Sculpture: Martin Puryear

Martin Puryear is a 79 year old sculptor who lives in New York.  He has traveled the world to study art and craft traditions, and he has rec...