Thursday, May 11, 2017

Painted Paper Landscapes

Students in 1st grade created bright and beautiful landscape collages recently.  This was a fun lesson exploring texture painting and landscape art that shows space.


We spent our first class making painted paper.   Students were told that we would use this paper next week to make a collage.  Everyone enjoyed creating textures by using different brushstrokes, patterns, and texture combs.  




The following week we discussed the word "landscape".  We would be making landscape collages featuring houses, hills, water, and sky.  We learned that we could use special techniques to create space in our landscapes (such as overlapping the houses).  We also learned that houses farther away from us would appear smaller in size.  

Our painted paper was cut up and shared at each table for creating houses - squares, rectangles, and triangles were helpful shapes to keep in mind. We used green construction paper to make hills, using zig-zag or wavy lines as we cut.  Students glued down their hills and houses onto blue paper, and were encouraged to use the tricks we had discussed to show space.  







We finished our artwork using sharpie markers to add details like windows, doors, and even people. We also added wavy lines to our water using crayon and white clouds using a sponge painting technique.



Below are some finished examples of our landscape collages:

David (Ms. DeFabritiis) 


Eric (Ms. Hager)

Sophia (Ms. DeFabritiis)


Julie (Ms. Hager) 


Roshni (Ms. Hager)

Suren (Ms. Hager)


Lila (Ms. DeFabritiis)


Lukas (Ms. DeFabritiis)

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)