Tuesday, April 25, 2017

5th Grade "Selfies"

Students in 5th grade recently completed a "Selfie" project.  This lesson gave students the chance to practice self-portraits and also think like a designer to create a cell phone case.

Rylee (Ms. Erwin)

The first step of our project would be designing a phone case.  We looked at examples of phone cases and discussed the job of a designer.  We learned that designers help develop many of the items we use everyday: clothing, furniture, cars, technology and more.  We then brainstormed what a designer would think about when creating a phone case.

Students drew multiple design ideas in their sketchbooks, choosing their favorite one for the final piece.  Using a template, pencil, and markers, they created the front of a phone case (and a back if they had extra time).  

Next we worked on "selfies". These were drawn onto blank paper and would later be cut out/glued onto our phone design. This meant practicing some measuring skills - a ruler was used to create a rectangle with specific dimensions to fit each screen.  

Using mirrors, students practiced observational drawing to create unique self-portraits. Everyone was encouraged to include a background and personal touches that would help express who they are as individuals. After sketching in pencil, colored pencils were used to complete our drawings. 

Many students found drawing a self-portrait to be a bit challenging - with an added challenge of having to draw small!  Through perseverance and hard work, students created thoughtful and expressive artwork. This project was a good lesson on the importance of practicing things we find difficult - always a great way to learn and improve!

Here are some finished examples of our "Selfies":

 Alistair (Ms. Erwin)

Anika (Ms. Erwin); Bella (Mr. Donohue)

Nicholas (Mr. Walsh); Connor (Ms. Erwin)

 Emma (Mr. Walsh)

Hadiya (Mr. Donohue); Jake (Ms. Erwin)

Karina (Mr. Donohue); Lucas (Mr. Donohue)

Laura (Mr. Walsh)

Nicholas (Mr. Walsh); Nina (Mr. Donohue)

Noah (Ms. Erwin); Sarah (Ms. Erwin)

 Ryan (Ms. Erwin)

           Stefano (Ms. Erwin); Stephanie (Ms. Erwin)        

 Tim (Mr. Donohue); Tommy (Mr. Donohue)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Finished Pop Art Prints

Fourth graders have been working on mounting three of their favorite Pop Art self-portraits - inspired by the work of Andy Warhol.

Marilyn Monroe, by Andy Warhol

We were able to spend two class sessions printing, giving students a chance to explore and adjust their printmaking techniques.  Part of this included learning how to create a "ghost print".  After inking and printing an image, a ghost print is made by printing onto a second surface without re-inking the plate.  The result is much lighter than the original, but has a unique character to it.  Students really enjoyed this technique and some decided to include a ghost print in their final piece.

Adrianna (Ms. Gallagher)

Betil (Ms. Gallagher)

Brendan (Ms. Barry)

Caleb (Ms. Barry)

Campbell (Ms. Barry)

Christian (Ms. Barry)

Jenna (Ms. Gallagher)

Johnathan (Ms. Barry)

Maisie (Ms. Barry)

Natalie (Ms. Barry)

Serge (Ms. Gallagher)

One student only had two finished prints due to missing a day of printing.  After I offered to trim the black paper (since it was already cut to size), he told me he had another idea.  I love how he opted to mount his artwork - such creative thinking!

Nicholas (Ms. Gallagher)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mola Art

Third graders recently completed a lesson exploring Molas, a textile art made by the Kuna Indians of Panama.

Before beginning our Mola project, we did a quick weaving lesson - thinking about things weavings might be used for, including baskets, rugs, and fabric.  Students created woven patterns using colored strips of paper, and could add additional patterns with sharpie when finished.

Proud weavers from Ms. Park's class

During our next class, students were introduced to Mola art.  We looked at where Panama is located on the map and learned that the Kuna Indians live on the San Blas Islands, found along Panama's coast. 

We viewed many examples of Molas, while learning some important details along the way.  Molas are fabric panels handmade by Kuna women, who earn money and respect for their families through their craft.  Molas are made using a technique called reverse applique, involving many layers of fabric being cut and sewn together. They are traditionally worn on the blouses of women.  When creating Molas, artists are inspired by everyday life, nature, legends, and even dreams.  

Students spent a few weeks creating Mola collages.  Each student began by drawing an animal using simple shapes.   Remembering that Molas typically feature bright colors and patterns, students colored in their animals keeping this in mind.  We then cut out and glued our animals to black paper.  Students finished their artwork by measuring, cutting, and gluing strips of colored paper to create a unique background design.

Borja (Ms. Munger)

Eden (Ms. Munger)

Tage (Ms. Munger)

Carmen (Ms. Park)

Kylie (Ms. Park)

Mazen (Ms. Park)

Johanna (Ms. Park)

Allison (Ms. Dileso)

Hugo (Ms. Dileso)

Sebastian (Ms. Dileso)

Joshua (Ms. Dileso)

Gracie (Ms. Dileso)

Toba (Ms. Dileso)

Mola Art on display at the WPS Art Show