Art with Ms. Michelle

February 1, 2018

Being creative and flexible go hand in hand. Our new core value encourages students in art to be open-minded and bending with their thoughts which will  lead to more interesting ideas. As artist Henri Matisse said about stretching your vision, “ flexibility is the evolution of a finished piece, ideas go on forever.”

With this concept at hand, I encourage students to look at things from many points of view. I often say, “ Please turn your paper upside down. Now, stand far away from your project and what do you see? Are there some new areas that you never noticed until now? Try observing your art from a different perspective or new angle.” This always inspires creative thinking which you will see from the art produced in January.  The theme is called: The Snow-person and their Many Hats

Bird’s Eye View

In Kindergarten we built a snow-person with impressionistic marks to create a front view. Students studied Georges-Pierre Seurat and how he used many dots to create his art. This process let children learn a new application of paint and overlapping shapes.  Now we are currently working on line patterns that will be part of a unique winter hat design.

First grade learned how to look at the snow-person from a profile and ¾ view. Working with proportion of features, reviewing Picasso and Paul Gauguin then using soft pastels for shadows was very informative.  Wayne Theibaud inspired art is their next creation, with multi-media collage. This will soon be featured in their classrooms.

Second grade saw the snow-person from the birds eye view. They practice looking down on objects and realized that they change in size as they move further away. Students added details such as shadows on the rim edges and in the snow.

Worm’s Eye View

Now third grade went in the opposite direction and looked at a snow-person from a worms eye on a diagonal.    They enthusiastically created their characters with contemporary style featuring cell phones, pizza slices and headphones. Artistically original with humor added.Fourth grade learned how to view a vignette shape by creating an oval design then blending  soft pastels to reveal a beautiful winter landscape. This elegant and retro visual is currently on display outside of the art room.

Vignette of a Winter Scene 

Fifth grade has been in the process of learning many watercolor techniques as they discover how to approach an atmospheric winter sky and cloud imagery. They explored ways to block out shapes, create shadows and add texture to trees. This art requires flexibility with their paintbrush as well as their minds.  Stay tuned, it all looks amazing!