Artists use many different skills and techniques in their artwork. We are going to practice these so that we know how to use them in our art. These skills and techniques are made using the Elements of Art.
Since Dia de los Muertos is at the beginning of November, the first graders spent the start of the year creating a project to celebrate this day. They finished just in time for the Mexican holiday! There were two projects made together: a clay sugar skull, and a sugar skull drawing. Sugar skulls are visually stunning with their elaborate details and play an important role in the holiday. To see pictures, visit my Twitter or this link: https://twitter.com/mskartroom/status/920727943730561024
To celebrate fall the first graders created little pumpkins that are now on display near Windsor's office (the Windsor Pumpkin Patch). Students used the pinch pot method to carefully pinch their clay to create a rounded hollow shape perfect for a pumpkin. They then painted their pumpkins either a dark orange (shade), or light orange (tint).
We were so excited about spring beginning that we made even more flowers! This time we did not use paint. Instead we learned about the Mexican art of paper flower making. Typically paper flowers are made for special events, which sounds better to me because the beauty of paper flowers lasts forever!
As the first graders finish up their "Peanuts" inspired artwork, we begin a new project to get us excited about spring. First graders showed how smart they were by being able to explain the difference between organic and geometric shapes (if you're not sure what they are, ask your first grader!). They created organic shapes to draw a wide variety of flowers. After drawing them, the first graders mixed tints and shades to paint in their flowers.
First graders have been learning about lines, specifically thick, thin, broken, and overlapped. We used these lines to fill in a background that will later have customized drawings of Snoopy and Woodstock added on. The first graders need to learn about illustrators, and with the Peanuts movie out what better illustrator to learn about than Charles Schulz!
First graders just finished using clay like dough to make cookies! They rolled out the clay with a rolling pin, cut out cookie shapes, and attached extra clay for M&M like details. When they're finished baking in the kiln, they will be painted. I'm sure they will turn out so delicious looking!
Since the first graders finished their paint palette drawings, we moved on to filling in the spots! Using the primary colors, we mixed to make the secondary colors, and painted them in color order on our palettes.
Last year in Kindergarten, we learned about Primary and Secondary colors. This year we're starting off with a review of these, and seeing how they fit into the color wheel. We talked about how artists sometimes use paint palettes to organize their colors in color order. We decided to draw our own paint palettes to display the color wheel. Once our drawing is done we will paint these!