Monday, January 30, 2012


Grade 5 students at BMS and Wood End studied pointillism. Pointillism was a branch of Impressionism.  Artist Georges Seurat made it famous.  We looked at the paintings called "Sunday Afternoon of the Isle of La Grande Jatte", "The Circus", and "The Eiffel Tower". 

We talked about how Georges Seurat painstakingly painted each of his paintings using dots of color.  He believed if you used variations of the primary colors, then you can make your eyes do the color mixing instead of the colors themselves.

In my art room I have an assortment of magazine pictures of animals and landscapes.  Students chose from these photos and drew in pencil first from the photograph. 
When we added color, we used dots of color with markers. 

Here are some examples of student work:

By Will K.  BMS

By Brenna D.  BMS

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Self Portraits showing Emotion

First grade students at Wood end Elementary and Birch Meadow Elementary School discussed emotion and how you can tell the way someone is feeling.  We decided the best way to tell was by looking at facial expressions.  We then used mirrors to see what we would look like if we were happy, sad, angry or surprised.  We then chose an emotion and drew a self-portrait of us expressing that emotion.  We used mirrors to see our faces.  We spoke about placement of facial features and then began to draw. 
When we were finished drawing in pencil, we outlined in black sharpie and used crayon to color in our work.

portraits by Luke, Sedona and Ally