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!