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.