Every day in Room 241, I challenge students with artistic projects that develop their critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities and at the same time, nurture their creative self-expression. Our art classroom also focuses on core values and language skills with whole group discussions that are designed to build awareness of art history and cultural differences.
Here is what is happening across the grades:
Kindergarten: Lines, Shapes and Colors
It may look like rain…. but to kindergarten students it is much, much more! K-101 and K-106 continue to learn about the elements of art such as line, shape and color. With this exploration they are able to create rapid movement lines for the rain and semi-circle shapes for umbrellas. In addition, students worked on creating secondary colors inside a color wheel for a very beautiful weather scene.
First Grade: The Diarama and Triarama
Students are in process of completing their amazing stage settings with characters from their favorite stories. They connected literature study with various materials as well as a focus on background, mid-ground and foreground. They folded flat shapes to create a three dimensional design, and discovered how to add beautiful details to enhance their art.
2nd Grade: Color Theroy Children just studied color connections and the life and art of Wassily Kandinsky. They focused on creating analogous and monochromatic color schemes in a circular design. In their next project, they learned about Paul Klee and his love for abstraction and child friendly themes. Students used rulers and pastels to carefully render a balanced castle inspired by the Bauhaus style of Klee. Excellent work!
3rd Grade: Positive – Negative Space
Positive and negative space plays an important role in the overall composition of a work of art. Our students in third grade learned how to identify this feature and then design original art with color pencils and also paper collage. They made a connection to graphic artist Tang Yau Hoong whose work specializes in art and space. Their extraordinary work is on display outside of the art room on the second floor.
4th Grade: Fine Art Drawing
Observational drawing is an exciting and challenging unit. Students learn to use their visual skills as they practice realistic representation with a still life setting. The emphasis is on the element of art “value” as the children learn the greyscale by practicing with charcoal for cross-hatching, blending and stipple shading. Students have viewed the drawing style of Albrecht Durer, Manet and Winslow Homer for discussion and inspiration. The next few lessons will focus on contour drawing and how to use a viewfinder.
5th Grade: Clay – Pinch Pot Fifth grade artists focus on 3 dimensional sculpture as they learn the craft of pinch pot making, wedging and coil molding with clay. They will paint and glaze their art using metallics, as we study the history, and design of ancient Greek pottery and urns.
It’s a fun, messy and beautiful experience.