|La Catrina, by Jose Posada|
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Piet Mondrian's abstract paintings make a wonderful example for the use of lines, shapes and colors. The kindergarten classes are learning about primary colors, types of lines, and basic shapes in art. They looked at his paintings, and then used vertical and horizontal lines to create rectangles and squares on a large piece of drawing paper. They painted a few of the shapes with primary colors. We used washable finger paint since I am just beginning to introduce these younger artists to the art room routines. When I asked them what the paintings remind them of, they said cities, buildings, video games, quilts, maps and playgrounds!
|Lexie is gluing the lines onto her painting.|
|Kyle is almost finished!|
|Great job, Greta!|
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
For third grade, this ties in with their Art of Chicago course as they learn about The National Museum of Mexican Art (located here in Chicago). This wonderful museum is free every day, and it hosts many family and children's art programs. Right now, they have an exhibit for the Day of the Dead that includes ofrendas made by various artists from Chicago and Mexico. I hope some students go to the musuem to see the exhibit. I really want to go to the workshop that teaches how to decorate sugar skulls!
As for the second graders, their year will be focused on famous artists, so we started with Frida and Diego! Both sets of mini ofrendas are nearly finished, and I will display some at Prescott. Go to the museum for the exhibit if you can!
|Alexis, Grade 2|
|Ermuun, Grade 3|
Monday, September 14, 2015
|Aubrey, Grade 2|
The second graders are off to a great start this year. We began the year reviewing color theory. Students went over what they have already learned about primary and secondary colors, and they learned what intermediate colors are. They used the primary colors to mix every color on the color wheel, and they painted rectangles with each color they created. They were very excited to see what colors they could "invent". After filling a page with 16 colors, they cut out a repeated shape. They arranged the shapes in order of the spectrum to create their own version of a color wheel. I love how they are all different, and the kids really had to think about into what order to put the various shades of colors. Here are some artists at work and some sample projects!
|How many colors can you make?|
|Jair filling in her squares...|
|The Blue Table worked hard!|
|Some students traced shapes, others drew their own.|
|They arranged the shapes in order of the spectrum.|
|Jamie tracing and Alyssa gluing...|
|Arranging Rainbow "Donuts"|
|Jefrey, Grade 2|
|Darius, Grade 2|
|Jair, Grade 2|
|Alyssa, Grade 2|
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