Sunday, September 4, 2016

Welcome Back!

Election Day, Norman Rockwell, 1944
Welcome back to school!

This summer, I went to Monet's garden in Giverny, sketched at the Louvre and the Musee D'Orsay, and wandered around the streets in Montmartre where Toulouse Lautrec, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh all found inspiration.  I feel inspired and ready to start art class!

I am excited for the new year, and I hope you will follow our art blog to keep track of what our student artists are creating.

With the upcoming presidential election, our 5-8th graders will be having a special art show to celebrate the inauguration.  I will be collaborating with Ms. Gow and Mrs. Edwards to align lessons with what they are learning in social studies and writing.  We will look at famous artwork inspired by politics, and we will discuss how art can give people a voice to express their views.

I also plan to work on strengthening a growth mindset in each of our students.  This was a goal I made last year when I noticed many students feeling frustrated as we prepared for the spring art show.  By changing the way they approach projects, I hope that they will find even more success and will love coming to art class.  I found this video very inspiring as I planned:  Teaching Art or Teaching to Think Like an Artist

As for our other students, I am equally excited to work with them on projects that will build skills and knowledge to get them excited about art.  Each grade level has a different theme, but all grade levels will work on basic color theory, composition, proper use of art materials and creative problem-solving.

Kindergarten:  The Art of Picture Books
1st Grade:  Cultural Art
2nd Grade:  Famous Artists and Paintings
3rd Grade:  The Art of Chicago
4th Grade:  The Renaissance

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade classes are large and full of energy.  With our hands-on and often messy art projects, I have asked for volunteers to sign up to come help during the 1:40-2:40 hour.  Jen Bowers will have a sign-up through this link: Volunteer Spot . (THANK YOU, JEN!) Come join the fun!

Let's make some art!

Pointillism Practice in Grade 3

First Grade Papyrus Paintings

Kindergarteners making paper from recycled paper after reading The Lorax

American Sculpture: Martin Puryear

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