Sunday, November 29, 2015

3-D Cities, Texture, Watercolors, and Native Australian Art

From L-R starting at the top: 3-D Cities, Texture Owls, Watercolor Paintings of plants, and watercolor practice sheet 
Native Australian X-Ray art

At Birch Meadow School and Wood End school, 1st, 4th and 3rd graders have been producing a number of works of art.  

1st graders at both schools are currently learning about the art element of texture.  Students learned that texture is the way something feels or the way that it looks like it feels. 1st graders looked at and described different textures.  They created owl drawings and filled the owls with torn construction paper to show implied texture of feathers.  

3rd graders at Birch Meadow have been finishing up a lesson on using warm and cool colors against each other in a painting or drawing. Students learned that when using warm colors and cool colors against each other in a painting or drawing, warm colors appear to advance and cool colors appear to recede.   They created city drawings that show the illusion of 3-D and used warm and cool colors to show advancement and receding in their picture.  

4th graders at Birch Meadow and Wood End learned how to use different watercolor techniques to paint in the style of New Zealand artist Raewyn Harris.  They practiced different techniques and applied them to their paintings.

4th graders at Wood End just began another project based on Native Australian X-Ray art.  students worked in the style of the indigenous people of Australia creating artwork in the style of their "dreaming" paintings.  This lesson was based on an adaption in the book "Culture Smart!" by Susan Rodriguez

Thursday, November 19, 2015


It has been over a year since I have posted anything on this blog.  I would like to make a return to it! Mrs. Erb's Art Page has been neglected since I created a Facebook page and Instagram account.  It is hard to keep up with the social media aspect of teaching.

We are well into the 2015-2016 school year and we have done quite a bit at both Birch Meadow and Wood End Schools.  I have some photos of what we have been doing and will post below.  There have been a lot of changes and two of the most exciting and frightening was the addition of  two 40 minute afternoon Kindergarten art classes and an Adaptive Art class! Unfortunately, K Art is only taking place at the Wood End school for now and Adaptive Art is only taking place at Birch Meadow.  It is very exciting because Adaptive Art and K for me, but frightening because Adaptive Art and K Art are new to me.

Here is what we have been working on in pictures:

In October, K students created some tissue paper pumpkins and collaged them to black paper to create Pumpkins at night.

Pumpkins at Night by Lucas.
I love the tiny man with the telescope!

The second photo is a little blurry, but you can see in both photos, the mixed media skills we worked in.  Tissue paper collage, cut paper (first time using scissors!) and drawing.  They actually came out very good and I was impressed with my kinder artists!

We have done a lot of other projects like learn about primary colors and secondary colors, we created a color wheel, a primary color stamp project, and just last week we worked on Primary Color Playgrounds using Geometric Shapes (only squares, rectangles, circles and triangles were talked about and used) The pictures are below:

Pumpkins at Night, by Luke

Primary Color Playgrounds using Geometric Shapes

In the other grades we have been doing so many projects.  I have yet to take photos, but I will soon and start to regularly post again.  I hope I gain more readers and followers, and will be posting again soon!