3rd grade learned about the Italian painter, Modigliani and his inspiration from the Impressionists. Using exaggerated proportions and bright oil pastels, students reproduced their own Modigliani portrait. A remarkable job for the first art piece of the year!
Using a vibrant mix of chalk pastels 4th grade students completed their plateaus at the Grand Canyon. We discussed the vastness and arid dessert land surrounding the canyons. The fun part was creating the plateaus, or “flying pancakes”. Several students made their canyons unique with tumbleweeds, cacti, and rocks. Great job!
5th grade expresses Matisse-like portraiture with bold brushstrokes and patterned background. The young “Fauvists” make their mark! We discussed Matisse’s use of color and lines. The Fauvist movement was known for bold colors and rapid brushstrokes. It’s a french term meaning, “wild beast”. Students created their pictures with tempera paint and oil pastel.
This week is Young Authors’ Week at Greystone. In preparation for one of the author/illustrator’s visit, all K-5 students looked at several books created by Debra Frasier. In each of her books, she illustrates by using construction ppaper, scissors, and glue. Pictured below are student samples from 4th grade:
Third graders took a look at the cupcake paintings by Wayne Thiebaud this week. We talked about the solid forms required to make a cupcake, the colors Thiebaud used, and began creating these cool works out of Crayola’s model magic.
In order to move from the art/math shapes to art/math FORMS or SOLIDS, i needed to find an artist that the kids would respond to – one that used solid shapes in his/her works and was FUN! Wayne was the man! Each grade level will be working on drawing and/or forming SOLID shapes based on the works of this artist. See some of his works here: http://www.askart.com/AskART/T/wayne_thiebaud/wayne_thiebaud.aspx
View some of our 2nd graders works (other grade levels to come):
TURN, SLIDE, FLIP – the math words used when working with geometric shapes. Turn & rotate are essentially the same thing, so we decided to use our first initials with any choice of shape behind it to create these cool works of art. Students drew their initial image in the first square, traced it, and turned the initial in each of the remaining squares.
We are now exploring solid shapes along with the big kids, but we are using model magic instead of straws and modeling clay. Next week, we paint our fish!
Still working on collaboration and integration with the classroom teachers…