Thursday, June 13, 2013

I have one last project to share with you all! First graders enjoyed using chalk so much that we ended the year with these beautiful toucans made with chalk pastels. I foresee some beautiful sidewalk art popping up over the summer in town :)

It is hard to believe another school year has come and gone! What a wonderful year it was too. Fourth grade students made these watercolor paintings in the last few weeks of school as we began gearing up for summer and all of the lovely treats the season entails...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Kindergarten Snorkelers

Kindergarten students made these adorable snorkeling self portraits for their last project of the year. I am so proud of how hard they have worked and how far they have come since September!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Second Grade Sailboats

Come sail away, come sail away... with second graders who spent three weeks working on these large (18 x 24 inch) and whimsical sailboat paintings/collages. Students focused on movement in their watercolor backdrop, using line to show motion in the waves and wind. Then, we used a variety of shape and bold line to construct the sailboats. Lastly, students used lines and patterns to create interest around the border and tie the two together.

Fourth Grade Elongated Self Portraits

Gracing our bulletin boards outside of the art room are the fourth graders' most recent pieces - a self portrait made in oil pastel in the style of painter Amedeo Modigliani. Modigliani's portrait paintings are characterized by elongated faces and bodies, which charge the pictures with emotions and cause the viewer to stop and take a longer look. Here are two samples of his work:

Now, check out some of the student work. I can guess who each one is without reading names - they used mirrors to aid in capturing the essence of their own faces.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

First grade students were introduced to chalk pastels for the first time a week ago and boy did they do a great job! First, we practiced our drawing skills and each student made their own unique rocket ship. Second, they used chalk to make not circular planets, but spherical ones. They accomplished this using light, medium, and dark shades of a single color layered on top of one another. Stay tuned for more first grade chalk in the next few weeks. They did such a wonderful job with these and enjoyed the new material greatly, so our next project will explore the messy and brightly colored medium further. 

Blast off!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Before the tropical bird paintings, third grade students worked hard on understanding the basic shapes that make up a figure in art (we refer to the human body as a figure in our art work). In addition, we put those basic shapes in motion. There is such a large variety of movement that they came up with - I think I would be hard-pressed to find a more creative bunch!

We represented the figures in motion using paper collage. Also, we looked at the colors and variety in figurative works by Detroit artist Charles McGee for inspiration. You can get a brief introduction to him below and then peruse the beautiful collage work by Siebert's third grade students!