Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends,

Mrs. Erb's art page will also be on break for the next week or so.

I'm wishing you all a happy, safe holiday and a restful winter break!

Mrs. Erb
Claude Monet, Train in Snow

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Modigliani Style Portraits

A few weeks ago, I participated in a "lesson hop" by linking one of my lessons to another blog.  I linked my lesson to Art Lessons for Kids by Ms. Ale.  I won one of her e-book lessons as a prize for participating and linking her site onto my site.  One of the lessons in the e-book was Amadeo Modigliani Style portraits.  Modigliani's portraits were very distinct with their abstraction of the figure.  He would always draw/paint his portraits with very long necks, and use just flat color, no patterns.   

Outlining Drawings with white crayon

Outlining with black oil pastel

adding details and skintone in color

adding skin tone

Second grade students at Wood End and at Birch Meadow are working on this lesson.  Each student drew a self portrait in the style of Modigliani.  We used mirrors to help us with our facial features.  We drew on black paper, outlined our work with white crayon, then went over the work with a black oil pastel.  Once we did that, we were able to choose our skin tones to color in our face and neck.  We discussed how each of us have different skin tones and we need to choose the color closest to our own tone.  Once that was colored in, we added our eye color, hair, shirts an background.  The results were stunning! 

By Leah H.

By Michael H.

Fish Painting!

First graders at Wood End and Birch Meadow learned about how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors.  We reviewed the color wheel and how to mix new colors using primary colors (previously we made a Model Magic color wheel. see a previous post here )
We started out by drawing an underwater scene with six fish.  We drew 3 large fish and three small fish and outlined them with black sharpie.  Each of the large fish were painted with a primary color.  once they were painted, the small fish were painted with secondary colors.  The first graders learned how to mix two primary colors to create a secondary color.  Once they were finished painting all of their fish, they painted a background ocean mixing white with light blue.  When the paintings were dry, they went back over their work with black sharpie. 

by Olivia F.   WES

By Jack D.  WES

By Cole K. WES

Monday, December 12, 2011

Grade 3 Lines Colors and Shapes

By Tara P.

At Wood End school, third grade students worked on a painting about shape, color and line.  We reviewed Geometric and Organic shape and primary and secondary colors on the first day.  Once we knew what these things were, we started a painting using only primary and secondary colors, and organic and geometric shape.  We filled up our papers with different shapes and color using only paint.  We did not start out with pencil first; we just painted shapes with our brushes. 

By Anabel M.

After our paintings were dry, we did some black and white over painting on our shapes. We first outlined the shapes using black or white paint, then we painted line designs inside of our shapes to create an abstract shape painting. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Color Study!

Wood End Students are working on a color study painting in the Style of artist Robert Delaunay.  I wrote about this project on my blog.  Click on this link to read more about it.  Here is what it is starting to look like:
By Kat P.

Landscapes and Expressionism

Third Graders at Birch Meadow School are working on landscape paintings in Expressionist style.  Expressionist artists used bright and unusual colors to paint with, brush stroke texture was visible, and many times emotions or feelings were conveyed throughout their artwork. 
Students learned the parts of a landscape: horizon line, foreground middle ground and background. Then they drew using landscape photographs.  We outlined using thin brushes and black paint because many of expressionist style paintings have bold outlines and large shapes.  Once we were finished outlining, we learned about mixing color and adding white to a color which is called a tint.  Here is what we have come up with so far:

Shapes and Color

Third Graders at Wood End School are studying shape and reviewing color mixing.  We started by painting shapes on our paper.  Once our paper is filled with different shapes in Primary and Secondary colors, then we will do some over painting in black and white paint.  Here is what we have so far:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Awesome Blog sharing

Art Lessons For Kids is an awesome blog/art lesson site that I have been using to get great new ideas.  Ms. Ale recently had an e-book give away and I linked one of my lessons to the blog hop.  By miracle I won an e-book.  So, to check out Ms. Ale's awesome site, click on the link in my blog. Hope you find her blog as fascinating as I have!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Figures in Action! by Grade 5

Fifth graders at Birch Meadow School studied artist Alberto Giacometti.   We began by working with a partner to create a gesture drawing.  A gesture drawing is a quick drawing meant to capture the movement or essence of a figure or object.  We then chose our favorite drawing to create into a 3-D sculpture.  We used tin foil to create the sculpture.  Here are the results:

Sculptures by Gr. 5

Display case at BMS in Front Lobby

by Megan C.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Drawing 3-D shapes

Second Graders at Birch Meadow are learning how to draw 3-D shapes.  Today we focused on how to draw the shapes and to make them look like they pop out at you we shaded them in using dark and light areas.  once we did that, the students were able to actually see their 3 dimensional shapes.  We made cubes, cylinders, prisms/pyramids and hearts.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Figures in Action! Part Deux

Fifth Graders at Wood End School are working hard on painting their figures in action.  Many students have begun adding details such as facial features and clothing design to their work.  So far so good!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


abstract art inspired by Paul Klee
First grade students learned about the art element of line and about artist Paul Klee. First graders focused on straight lines, like vertical, horizontal, and diagonal.  We also looked at the artwork of Paul Klee.  Klee’s artwork is abstract art.  We noticed that Klee used line in his work, particularly in the work Castle and Sun.  In our project, we used vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines to create abstract art in the style of Paul Klee.  We started by gluing toothpicks onto 10x10 inch paper.  The next class we used the "magic crayon" or white crayon to draw more lines onto our white paper.  We then painted over our work using water color paint.  Wherever there was white crayon, it showed up when painted over it. 

line variety painting
Our next lesson was on line variety.  We talked about other types of lines besides vertical, diagonal, and horizontal.   We talked about curved, loops, zig-zag, etc.  and created a painting using many different types of line including the lines we talked about previously. We used black paint and 12x12 inch paper.   The next class we painted in any white areas using only primary colors.

Islamic Art Name Designs

by Taylor M.

Grade 4 students at WES and BMS have studied Islamic artwork. We took a look at the three common motifs in this type of art which are calligraphy, arabesques, and geometric shape in architecture. 
We noticed when we looked at the three different motifs, all of the images connected to each other to create a design.  The geometric shapes created tessellations, the calligraphy and the arabesques look like line designs.   So we took this idea and we created a name design. 

We started with a 12x12 piece of drawing paper and folded it to create a triangle.  We folded it two more times after that so that when we opened our work we had 8 triangles on our 12 x 12 sheet. 

By Jeffrey P.

 In one of the triangles, we wrote our name using bubble letters.  Letters should touch the top edge and bottom edge of the triangle.  This will benefit us in the end because we want our letters to look like they connect to each other when we copy them.  Once we have our name placed and fitted in our triangle, we used carbon paper to copy our name in the remaining triangles.  When adding color, we used Mr. Sketch (unscented, of course!) markers, Crayola Bold  and Tropical markers and colored starting from the enter and working our way outwards in a circle. We are treating our work as if it were a design.  We are not looking at our work and coloring individual letters a different color and then coloring the background.  This was a hard concept to grasp but we eventually figured it out with a lot of demonstrating and help from me! When finished, we have a design that shows radial symmetry, and that is inspired by Islamic artwork and the 3 motifs we had discussed in the beginning of our lesson. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Color Study! Update

Fifth graders at BMS are finishing up their paintings.  Check out this awesome finished piece by one of our fifth graders!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Elements of Art

Third graders at BMS and WES are working on Elements of Art name designs. We reviewed the elements of art during the first part of class.  Second half of the class we began designing a piece of artwork using out names and the elements of art.  Here are a few pieces of work in progress:

Figures in Action!

partially finished sculptures

Fifth grade students at Wood End School studied figures in action.  We first discussed 3 paintings, The Biglin Brothers Racing by Thomas Eakins, Both Members of this Club by George Bellows, and The Battle of La Hogue by Benjamin West.  We looked at the figures in action and talked about the way the human body moves.  We also compared and contrasted the images, which is part of talking about art. 

Example of gesture drawing by Mrs. Erb
We then talked about gesture drawing.  Gesture drawings are quick studies to capture the essence of the subject.  Students worked with a partner.  One drew, the other modeled, then we switched after about 3-4 minutes of drawing. 

Last week we used our gestures to create a sculpture. We used tinfoil and tape to create the armature or the framework in which the sculpture is built around (the skeleton). 

This week we are in the process of using plaster gauze to cover our armature and prepare it for painting. 

Color Study!

fifth grader painting
work in progress

Grade five students at Birch Meadow School are reviewing the art element of color.  In our sketchbooks, we took notes on color vocabulary that we are expected to know as fifth graders.  In class we will be using this vocabulary to talk about art and its elements.  We reviewed primary, secondary and tertiary or intermediate colors.  We then talked about complementary colors and analogous colors.  

Primary colors are red yellow and blue.  These are the colors that help mix all other colors. 
Secondary colors are two primary colors mixed together like, orange, green and violet. 
Tertiary colors are a primary color and a secondary color combined to make sort of an in between color.  for example, red and orange create red-orange. 

Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green).  The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant or more intense look. 

Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. An example of an analogous color scheme would be yellow, yellow-green, and green. 

The Color Wheel
We used this example in class

We discussed artist Robert Delaunay, a French artist who was alive during the time of cubism (think Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, fathers of cubism).  We looked at his painting called Circular Forms and created our drawings of circular forms. 

Right now we are in the process of painting them.  More updates on this soon!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Year, New Name, Same Art Class

Hello Birch Meadow and Wood End Families, and Blogging Friends!

Welcome Back to a new school year! As you may have noticed, there is a new title to this page....Mrs. Erb's Art Page.  It was formerly known as Ms. Papanikolaou's Art Page. 

I now have joined in on the marriage fun, but just because I have a different name, doesn't mean art has to be different!  It will still be the same old fun and madness it always is.

I look forward to a new year and some great new masterpieces by our fantastic students!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

End of the year madness!!

School is out soon and we are still finishing up projects! 
here are a few we've been getting done:
Fifth grade's slab pottery...finally this is done.  what took so long?

by Abbey M.

third grade paper weaving using warm and cool colors.  we painted our own paper and cut it up to weave.  a fun and laid back last project. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Grade 5 Slab pots

Fifth graders at Wood End and Birch Meadow are working on Slab pottery. 
Here are a few examples of what they have done so far:

by Will S.

By Nick G.

Grade 1 Pinch Pots

First Graders worked on pinch pots...last week we made them, this week we painted them using tempera paint.  I will go over them with some acrylic gloss medium to keep them shiny and keep the paint from chipping. 




Grade 4 Claes Oldenburg Food Sculpture

Fourth grade students are at the beginning stages of creating food sculpture with clay.  We studied Pop Artist Claes Oldenberg.  Here are some photos of some food sculpture....Who's hungry?

Fries and Pizza

Ice cream, bread sticks, cupcake and oreoes

Food variety!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Grade 2 Still life flowers inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

By Sarah V.

In second grade we studied artist Vincent Van Gogh.  We read the book "Vincent Van Gogh" by Mike Venizia in the "Getting to Know the World's Greates Artists" series by him.  After reading about him, we focused on Van Gogh's sunflower painting. Each table had a still life of flowers (fake from the dollar store!!) in containers.  We talked about how a still life is something that doesn't move or change so it is important to not to touch the set up of flowers.  We drew our still life on blue construction paper and outlined our work using white glue.  After letting the glue dry, we colored in our flowers and containers using chalk pastel.  The glue acts as a resist or a barrier and leaves a visible line.  Our background was colored in with oil pastel. 

By Christopher C.