Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 Watertown Public Schools Art Show

The annual Watertown Public Schools Art Show is now on display!  It will be up through April 23 at the Watertown Mall, near Target.   Students who are featured received a letter of notification last week.  A public reception will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 5-7 p.m.   All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fifth Grade Value Paintings

Fifth grade students recently explored using value, one of the seven elements of art.  Value involves the lightness or darkness of a color and can be a helpful tool when making art.

Gina - Mr. Donohue

We started this unit by creating value scales with pencil.  Students applied different amounts of pressure and explored mark making to show a shift from dark to light.  Some also tried blending (or smudging) the pencil with their finger to create different values.  Students then practiced drawing three-dimensional shapes using a range of values, making sure to include a light source and shadow.  These tricks gave our drawings a realistic look!

Maisie - Ms. Erwin

Natalie - Ms. Erwin

Next we talked about how you might create a value scale with paint.  We remembered that artists mix tints (color + white) and shades (color + black) to create light and dark colors .  If you mix both black AND white into a color, you create a tone.

Adrianna - Mr. Donohue

After all this exploration, we were feeling like masters of value and ready to start our final painting project.  Students could choose to create a landscape painting of Wintry Trees or Deep Sea Creatures.  Both scenes would include a value scale background with objects silhouetted against it.  

We decided on a cool color for our background, since both winter and the ocean give us that chilly feeling!  Students sketched concentric circles onto paper before applying paint.  We used tints and shades to show a shift from light to dark, starting with our light source in the middle.

We finished by adding trees or ocean creatures with black paint.  We used a variety of brushes and found that small brushes are great for tiny details.  Students creating Wintry Trees also added snow with white paint.  We learned how to do a controlled splatter technique, which was some people's favorite part!

Below are examples of our finished paintings:

Andrew - Ms. Erwin

Campbell - Ms. Erwin

Brady - Ms. Erwin

Brendan - Mr. Donohue

Izzy - Ms. Erwin

Johnathan - Ms. Erwin

Jack B. - Mr. Donohue

Jenna - Mr. Donohue 
Nicolai - Ms. Erwin

Thomas - Mr. Donohue

Yanni - Mr. Donohue

Mary - Mr. Donohue

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

1st Grade Color Wheels

Students in first grade recently learned about the color wheel.  Many students remembered from last year what the primary colors are - red, blue, and yellow.  These colors are special because you can't make them, they just exist!  

Looking at the color wheel, we discovered there are secondary colors between the primaries - orange, green, and purple.  Students learned that you can create secondary colors by mixing two primary colors together.  We discussed all the different color mixing recipes you would need to create these beautiful colors.  A helpful trick to remember: the two colors on either side of a secondary color are part of the recipe!

Red + Yellow = Orange
Yellow + Blue = Green
Blue + Red = Purple

Next came the fun part - color mixing with paint!  Each student had a sheet of paper folded to create six squares.  Using just the primary colors, we filled each square with the colors found in the color wheel.  This meant remembering the special recipes needed to create secondary colors.

The following week, we worked on making fall themed color wheels out of our painted paper.  We used tracers to draw leaf shapes inside each colored square.  Students added veins to their leaves using crayon.  We learned that leaves have veins to give them structure and help them get food/water. 

Once complete, students cut out their leaves and glued them down to paper in rainbow order - the same order of colors in the color wheel!  To finish our work, we added a stamped border using paint and some circular gizmos found in the art room.


 Here are a few examples of our finished color wheels:

Natalie - Ms. DeFabritiis

Deni - Ms. DeFabritiis

Michael - Ms. Breen

Nikita - Ms. Hager

Samvel - Ms. Hager

Terese - Ms. Hager

Aarav - Ms. Breen

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gesture Sculptures

Fifth grade students recently created artwork showing the human figure in motion.   

"Air Jordan" - Adrianna (Mr. Donohue)

We began our lesson by creating gesture drawings. A gesture drawing is a quick, simple sketch that captures the action or pose of a subject.  Students rotated through stations, each one with a differently posed drawing mannequin.  Everyone did a great job giving their figures a sense of movement!

Christian - Ms. Erwin
Campbell - Ms. Erwin
Toria - Mr. Donohue
Max - Mr. Donohue

For our next project, students were asked to create a gesture sculpture.  Building with three-dimensional materials would give students a chance to show movement in a new way.  We looked at sculptures by artist Alberto Giacometti for inspiration, whose work often showed the human body in motion.

Man Pointing - Alberto Giacometti

We began by using pipe cleaners to create an armature, or a framework to build a sculpture around.  After creating a basic stick figure, we used strips of tin foil to carefully cover our armatures.  Students could then pose their figure in a unique way to show movement.  Some of us added extra details using foil, such as sporting equipment or capes!

Finished sculptures were glued down to a base  made from cardboard and black paper.   Students signed their name and added a creative title.  We finished with a gallery walk, giving students a chance to see their classmates' artwork.

Here are some examples of our finished sculptures:

"Soccer" - Jenna (Mr. Donohue)

"The Gronk Spike" - Giovanni (Mr. Donohue)

"About to Fly" - Yanni (Mr. Donohue)

"Karate Kid" - Matthew (Mr. Donohue)

"Yogy" - Thomas (Mr. Donohue)

"Super Stickman" - Brendan (Mr. Donohue)

"Army Crawl" - Jack B. (Mr. Donohue)

"Kyrie Irving" - Kevin (Ms. Erwin)

"Peek-a-boo" - Campbell (Ms. Erwin)

"LeBron James" - Serge (Ms. Erwin)

"Winning Goal" -Jonathan (Ms. Erwin)

"Dance Like You Want To!" - Seanna (Ms. Erwin)

"Soccer Player" - Nicolai (Ms. Erwin)

"The Skateboarder" - Joe (Mr. Donohue)

"José  Altuve" - Caleb (Ms. Erwin)

Gesture Sculptures on display in the Main Lobby