Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fifth Grade Coil Pottery

Fifth graders at BMS and WES are still working on their coil pottery.  We have been working on them since the end of February!  And to top it off, we don't even have a what's taking so long?
Size, perfectionists, days off of school and substitutes that I couldn't always trust to continue on with a clay lesson....I mean how do you know if the sub has an art background and can handle it? 
So here are some more unfinsihed pots, but I do have to say they are coming along nicely!
The students just finished painting their pots white and will now add their designes in the style of artist Juan Quezada

View of Pots by Mrs. Malone's and Mrs. King's classes

View of Pots Mrs. Commito's class

First Grade-Architecture

Students at BMS and WES are working on architecture.  We studied the buildings of Russia and were intrigued by the shapes of the buildings.  I've adapted this lesson from "Art Projects for Kids".  Click on the link here to see the lesson. We looked at St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. We talked about the different things that we noticed about the building like the domes at the top, the different patterns and all of the details on the buildings. We then started to draw. We began by drawing in pencil.  Each child was required to have at least 4 domes on their building and include patterns in their work.  We then outlined our work with a black felt tipped pen, and began using colored pencils to add color.  In the past I've painted and used oil pastel, but this time I wanted to use colored pencil.  We hardly ever use them and the kids really enjoy them when I take them out.  I showed them how to create dark and light values, and how to blend colors together.  I know these are unfinished, but here are a few pieces to show off my amazing first grade artists!

By Carter

By Eniyah

By Drew

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Picasso Guitars

I found this lesson pinned on "Pinterest".  It was a link from

I have been teaching the 4th graders at WES and BMS about Value.  We all made value scale using black and white paint to create light medium and dark values. 
TO continue on the value lesson, I wanted to teach them about creating a value scale using color.  However, I have always wanted to teach a lesson about Picasso and cubism.  I didn't want to do portraits because I feel that Picasso portraits are so over done and sometimes, not well.  So I stumbled upon this lesson.

I taught the 4th graders about Cubism and Picasso.  We focused on his guitar series.  We talked about how Picasso liked the guitar because it was a symbol of his Spanish culture and he thought that the shape was so versatile, you could make anything out of it.  We spoke about how Cubism looks like broken glass or like the space has been cut up and then placed back together again.  We then used Ms. Steiger's (the music teacher) guitar to draw from. I hope Ms. Steiger doesn't mind me borrowing her guitar for drawing! We also used photographs to  look at different guitar shapes.  So far, we have only done some painting yet.  When we do paint, we are going to continue studying value, only this time use, black, white, and a color to create tints and shades.

4th graders drawing

Some just divided backgrounds pace

Some students' dividing lines went over sections of the guitar

ArtsFest 2012

a photo of the display boards:

I hope parents had a chance to make it to the annual ArtsFest and find their child's work.