What's going on in the art room?
Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let EVERYONE else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. -warhol
I LOVE this free drawing a fourth grader created this morning when he finished his project! We share the same belief in stick figures! ; )
Technology affords us in education, the ability to bring the outside world into the classroom. I try as much as possible to create these experiences for my students. For the past and next couple of weeks, second graders are going to be watching some of the live cams the San Diego Zoo has available. Today, my second grade class was able to watch three tigers interact with each other while we created our jungles in the classroom.
About Safari Park:
The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 300 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.75 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.
Wow! What a morning! I had the pleasure of starting off my day with a very clay talented third grade class. This clay peacock bowl that students are working on, combines pinch, slab, and coil techniques. After these come out of the kiln, students will then be glazing them with cool colors to give them a unique, and brilliant shine!
First grade students are now in the process of creating their own fish after reading One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss. Not only did first graders read the book and talk about Dr. Seuss's life, but we also discussed illustration and what it means to be an illustrator.
Finally! Students are almost 1/2 way done with their Hundertwasser inspired landscapes and I can not wait to hang them up! Artists had the choice to use warm or cool colors for their background, then whatever color group they chose not to use for their backgrounds, they then used to create their "trees". Students will then use yarn on two of the trees, to create the spiral effect that Hundertwasser incorporated into much of his artwork.
This week 5th graders began the task of creating a self portrait in the Pop Art style of Roy Lichtenstein. You can find more information about this artist here. This project began with me surprising the kids by asking them to express an emotion with their face while I quickly took a picture. Students then colored the back of their picture with charcoal, and then traced their picture onto a white piece of drawing paper. Students will then outline their creations, color with marker, add a text bubble, and create a fun frame for their artwork.
As students begin their fifth grade year in art class learning about the Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein, they have also in their spare time taken a look back on some of the surrealist artists they studied as fourth graders. Here are only a couple of examples of the marvelous, unique, and certainly creative drawings that have some out of the drawing prompt.