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 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Contour Line Drawing

This fall, students in fourth and fifth grade created observational drawings using contour line. Students learned that contour means outline or edge.  To make a contour line drawing, simple lines are used to show the basic form of an object.  We viewed examples by artists like Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol before getting started.

Henri Matisse - Matisse's Hand Holding Fruit, 1944

To begin this lesson, students looked at supplies from the art room and created contour line drawings of the objects in their sketchbooks.  We practiced both blind contour (looking only at the object and not your paper), as well as what we called sight contour (looking back and forth at your paper and the object).  

Thomas - Mr. Donohue

During the following class, students used their contour line skills to create a still life drawing of fresh flowers.  As a warm up, students practiced doing a few blind contour drawings of the flowers to sharpen their observational skills.  

Connor - Ms. Barry

Ellen - Ms. Barry

Next, students completed a final drawing of their flowers.  They were encouraged to create simple line drawings focusing on contour edges but could include minor details if they wished.   They started with pencil and traced over their lines using a fine point marker.  Pencil lines were erased to give their artwork a more finished look.

Here are some finished examples of our flower drawings:

Johanna - Ms. Gallagher

Joseph - Ms. Gallagher

Danica - Ms. Gallagher

Greg - Ms. Gallagher

Gigi - Ms. Gallagher

Thomas - Ms. Barry 

Ellen - Ms. Barry

Nick - Ms. Barry

Gracie - Ms. Barry

Christos - Ms. Barry

Noah - Ms. Erwin 

Natalie - Ms. Erwin 

Campbell - Ms. Erwin 

Andrew - Ms. Erwin

Rafael - Ms. Erwin 

Max - Mr. Donohue

Adrianna - Mr. Donohue 

Gina - Mr. Donohue