Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Value: Grade 4

Value refers to dark and light. Paintings and drawings have dark, middle and light values. The difference between values is called value contrast.

4th grade students learned about the art element of value. The students created a value scale that shows dark, medium and light values using black and white paint.

Value Scale by Rachel T.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pattern Trees, Grade 1

First grade students at BMS and WES learned about pattern.  A pattern is a line, a shape or a color that repeats itself.  Patterns are can even have a non repeating pattern...think of a paisley design.  That can also be classified as a pattern. 

First graders then learned how to draw a tree using the letter Y.  We looked at trees and noticed that their branches come out in Y's and V's.  We took this concept and applied it to our drawings to create realistic looking tree drawings.  In the trunks and branches, we added patterns and colored them in using crayons.  Here are some examples: 

By Ashley M.

By Emily B.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Grade 2 Kachinas

Second Grade students studied Native American tribes at the Wood End School.  They focused on the different regions of Native Americans.  One of the regions was the Southwest.  In Art, we began to study some of the Native American art froms.  One of them was the carving of Kachina dolls.  Kachina Dolls, like the human Kachina dancers, are visual representations of the invisible spirits that assist in the rigors of life. Each Kachina doll represents a spirit in life. Some typical spirits represented by the Hopi in Kachina dolls include: the chief, the corn maiden, the ceremonial dancer, the singer, the ogre, the buffalo, the badger, the crow, the hawk, clouds, the sun, and the rainbow. The dolls are spiritual messengers that bring special blessings. Dolls are gifts given in hope of future abundance and health, as well as tools for education.

Original Kachina carvings are made from the cottonwood tree.  The Kachinas are carved from the roots. 

In Art, we made our own Kachinas using clothespins.  I found a great book which has some very explicit directions on how to make Kachinas using clothes pins.  The book is called Kachina Dolls with Clothespins by Nacy Bell Anderson and Heather Bell Anderson.  you can buy it on Amazon

We bagan making them using clothes pins and other materials I had in the classroom.  Here are a few examples:

By Olivia T.

By Ryan K.

By Malcolm W.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pop Art Portraits-Grade 3

Third graders at Wood End studied artist Andy Warhol and Pop Art. We looked at Warhol's Marilyn screenprints and discussed Pop Art.  Pop art can be any every day item that is drawn in a brash and colorful way. Pop Art is short for Popular Art. It is inspired by comic strips, advertising, and popular entertainment.

We took the pop art idea and made pop art self portraits.  First, during another project, I took a photograph of every student in 3rd grade and printed them.  We then ued vellum paper and traced our photos 3 times in black thin sharpie.  They looked like this:

By Rocco

After our drawings were done, we created a thumbnail sketch to plan out our colors.  A thumbnail sketch is a small sketch that helps an artist plan out their final work.

Thumbnail sketch example
 After our plans were all set, we began to color in our work with waterbased marker on the vellum:

3rd grader coloring in her work

By Claire


By Kyle S.

To Finish up the project, we put together our work on Thick white paper.  I mounted the white paper on blue, and then eventually it will go on black. 

By Lydia

Fifth Grade Coil Pottery

Fifth Grades at both BMS and Wood End are learning about famous Mexican potter Juan Quezada.  Quezada comes from Mata Ortiz, Mexico and reintroduced the ancient pottery style of the Casas Grandes people.  they were a group of Natives that lived over 600 years ago in a village which is now modern day Mata Ortiz.  Check this video out for more info:

Fifth graders began making thier own coil pots inthe style of Juan Quezada.  We are currently working on this project.  Here are some photos:

By Bella T.

By Dom S.

By Jack C.

By Daniel E.

NAEA Convention

I was lucky enough to attend the National Art Education Association Conference in NYC...thanks to the PTO for assisting me with the registration fee!
I got to attend some amazing workshops, and take some time to visit the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), one of my favorite museums.  I also got to see Chuck Close and Irving Sandler just talk about Chuck's art and life, and their memories of art making.  I know this photo is a little fuzzy, thanks to Blackberry, but, here they are chatting it up on stage.

Chuck Close (left) and Irving Sandler (right)