This week I was SO proud of all my Wildcat artists! They did such an amazing job staying on task and trying their very best on their art projects. Here's a snapshot of what we did this week:
Our pumpkin drawings look so good they almost seem real! After being scientists and learning how we can make every color in the rainbow using our three primary colors, we mixed yellow and red to make a beautiful pumpkin orange. Next week we will finish our paintings, just in time for October!
Our beautiful water paintings would look too empty without a water lily like the ones we saw in Claude Monet's garden. After learning about shapes without names (organic shapes!), we drew our water lily and added green tissue paper to brighten it up. Our final touch will be to add a blooming lily flower on the top.
Paul Klee is a famous artist who painted many pictures of fish, so in second grade we used Paul Klee's paintings as inspiration to begin drawing our fish. After drawing the basic shapes of a fish, we took a look at some real fish and changed our fish drawings to make them more unique.
Our houses are starting to look realllllyyyy spooky! Starting first with simple shapes and lines, we then went back and added details to our architecture. The students are coming up with so many unique and interesting ideas for their houses, check them out below!
The 4th graders were amazed this week when we put together our tints, tones and shades on our fall trees. The colors really pop! Looks like our contour line trees will be changing colors with the trees outside!
Drawing self-portraits is very challenging, but the 5th graders handled it no problem this week. Our "selfie" portraits are finally taking shape, and look just like us! Using mirrors, we will continue to observe our reflections and add detail to our portraits.
Time in the art room this week was spent diving into our projects. While the Kindergartners were finishing up their pumpkin line drawings, and the second graders finishing their warm/cool color paintings, the fourth graders were starting their contour line tree drawings, and the fifth graders were starting their selfie portraits..
After revisiting Monet's garden and talking about the colors Monet used to paint his water garden, first graders used watercolors to paint while listening to the sounds of running water in nature. Next week they will adorn their colorful paintings with a beautiful lily, just like from Monet's garden!
This week third graders transitioned from creating monochromatic backgrounds to starting their "spooky architecture." They learned how architects use shapes and lines to create architecture, and began constructing their own using shapes and lines. Next week they will get the chance to customize their houses to make them truly spooktacular!
Did you ever notice lines are all around us!? Kindergartners spent the week learning about lines through reading the book "Lines that Wiggle." In the story, the lines were having so much fun that we decided to make the different lines we saw with our bodies! I think our favorite was the wiggley lines. Next week kindergarteners will get a chance to feel pumpkins in the art room to help them learn more about curvy lines so they can use them to draw their very own pumpkin patch.
The first graders got a special surprise this week. After we learned about Claude Monet and his garden through reading "The Magical Garden of Claude Monet," thanks to special passports, we were able to take a field trip all the way to France to visit Monet's Garden! While in the garden we made observations and drew what we saw. I hate to say it, but I think the first graders drew Monet's garden better than he ever did...
If you were colors, would you be warm or cool colors? Second graders were asked to ponder this question to determine which colors they would be using in their project. We listened to music to help get our creative juices flowing while we painted using watercolors.
Halloween is just a couple weeks away! What better way to prepare than by making spooky houses! Before making our spooky houses, 3rd graders learned about monochromatic colors to help us create our backgrounds.
4th and 5th
4th and 5th graders worked on observational drawing this week. Before heading outside to draw contour line trees, 4th graders practiced first by tracing tree images on the Smartboard. The 5th graders learned how self-portraits inspired today's "selfies," and practiced self-portrait drawing. 5th graders focused on drawing what they saw- no football shaped eyes here!
Students spent this week putting the finishing touches on their drawings and learning a little bit more about what art is. We read the book "Art is..." for inspiration, and then added new details to our drawings. We also attempted to write our very first Artist Statements (a way for artists to explain their artwork using words). Next week we officially begin our first art projects!