Friday, December 24, 2010

Cubism, WES Grade 4

cubist work, outlined with white glue by Jess T. Gr. 4 WES
Fourth Graders at Wood End discussed cubism.  We looked at the work of Paul Klee.  We viewed his pieces Dream City, and Rose Garden.  We noticed that in cubism, it looked like the art was made up of cubes, spheres, cylinders, cones, and other geometric shapes. The paintings looked like someone had cut them up and glued them back together. And that’s exactly what the cubists had in mind. Just like the ancient Egyptians, cubists wanted to show the most important parts of the things they painted. Cubists broke up the space they were working with to create their art.  
As we were discussing, we compared cubist art to broken glass.  So what we did was we created a picture and broke up the space to create a cubist style piece of art work.   We drew an interior space and added a human or animal figure.  Some students chose to add a door or window in their work, others didn't. We used a "vanishing point" to draw in our lines which would break up the space.  Using a ruler, we drew the lines radiating from the VP...we drew about 8 to 10 lines.  We then outlined out work with white glue or white oil pastel ( white glue is pictured, oil pastel is not..will add a photo soon!) to mimic the cubist style.  We painted using tempera cake paints. Each broken up space was painted a different color.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Focal Point by BMS grade 4

 Fourth grade students at Birch Meadow learned about what focal point is in art.  Focal point is the main idea or what the artist wants you as the viewer to focus on in a photo, drawing, painting, or sculpture.  Two ways of showing focal point is by placement and color use.  They were asked to paint an animal of their choice. Here are the results:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

First graders inspired by Wassily Kandinsky

First grade students at both the Birch Meadow and Wood End Elementary Schools studied artist Wassily Kandinsky.  We looked at a particular piece of artwork called "Squares with Concentric Circles" ( also known as "Farbstudie Quadrate").  First graders learned a little bit about Kandinsky and talked about his use of colors in this particular piece of art work. Students also talked about what a concentric circle is. The kids were then inspired to create their own version of this famous artwork.  Students first folded their paper so that they had 8 smaller rectangles on their 9x12 inch paper.  They then used oil pastel to create concentric circles in colors of their choice