Art with Ms. Michelle

June 1, 2018

It has been an amazing and productive school year with an overflow of creativity, in what feels like a short amount of time. Students are zealous when they enter the art room to explore their visions. It is hard to believe that June is here; our final month.  In the past few weeks we have continued working with fine motor skills and exercising our imaginations in all grades. Kindergarten learned the art of origami. They also learned how to take the image that they created and apply that to a personal scene. Folding paper into a dog, cat, swan or even a chameleon is a glorious challenge. Adding the location, time of day, lights and darks and total embellished details becomes a complex visual exercise. This lesson unit encourages students to express their unique style but also think more deeply about their subject. Our next instruction  is called kiragami which includes a scissors.

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Origami swans at sunset 

 

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Aboriginal Art       

 

 First graders just completed their Australian aboriginal painted dots in spheres similar to Impressionism. They learned how to change colors with radial lines.  This month they also will use semi-circles as they design their giant ice cream cones. Delicious.

Second graders took on Van Gogh’s Starry night concept and changed the elements of color and shape into their own New York city version. Warm colors with pastels and a Manhattan skyline are a beautiful and original  combination. Vincent would approve. So, if they can make this here… they can make it anywhere.       NY NY!

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Starry New York Night

 Third grade studied tessellations and how to create a repetitive design using  a balanced color palette. Red is much heavier then yellow but not as strong as black. This art form is seen in the work of M.C.Escher which inspired student’s foundation with the principles of design in years to come. Symmetry is not just about shapes and lines as third graders loudly proclaimed.

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Tessellations Balanced

 

Fourth grade uses their “viewfinder” to zero -in on extreme close-ups in their final charcoal still life drawing. Simple objects such as a key, a spoon, a bell,  all begin with blocking in a shape. Students learned that they need their pencil lines to touch at least two sides of the paper to achieve this goal.  This is our strategy in how to turn a mid-view into an extreme magnified close-up.  When these artists add their favorite shading technique and white highlights each design pops right off the paper. It is wonderful to watch children observe beauty in everyday objects.

Fifth grade has been working on the unique Chinese Ming Dynasty functional ceramics. As they are inspired by the Asian renaissance of

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Ming Dynasty Pottery

blue and white porcelain, students were able to transfer these ancient designs into their own contemporary style. Modern day ideas are also their next and final project as students create a new logo for GOOGLE. Their originality will most likely be on display in the future!

I hope everyone experiences a ton of artistic fun during our summer break. Remember, art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment. Of course we know… the EARTH without art… is EH!

xoxo Michelle

 

Art with Ms. Michelle

May 1, 2018

Welcome Spring and the beautiful visuals that flow all around room 241. This past month student artwork has evolved in many interesting ways as I support open-ended outcomes. The best is yet to come with creativity when our artists think out of the box. I encourage students to reach for the moon, and land among the stars. It is important to let children decide how to proceed forward with materials as they learn how to advance their  skills; artistic self -expression is up to them.

Matisse Collage

Kindergarten worked with many freeform shapes as they created their glorious lamb. Artistic expression helped design grennary, spring air and zigzag folded legs. This art was an opportunity to follow photography and then create their own version. As students continued learning about organic shapes they turned their craft into  colorful pizza art. Collage filled the circular design. Children are now practicing lines with a ruler as they sketch a checkerboard tablecloth.

First grade had a learning experience with paper tape. Using water and sponges to adhere materials they formatted their green vines  in an interesting composition. Each student cut red foam swatches into ovals adding symmetrical dots with sharpies. Ladybugs are beautiful creatures especially when they are mixed with flowing tissue paper daffodils. Children are currently working on Aboriginal dot art learning the history of George Seurat’s pointillism as well as Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama.

Second grade continued color theory with Fauvist Henri Matisse as their source of inspiration. Learning how to cut swirls and attach contrasting shapes in layers created these fluid and vibrant collages. Now we are discovering the work of Van Gogh and his swirling skies.

Third grade has been working on tessellations that require the craft of balanced colors. They also are traveling through Asian cultural art woking with Sumi- brushes, calligraphy and black ink.

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Stippled Sphere

Fourth grade continues developing their observational skills as they learn contour drawing the edges of an object. Keep your pen on the paper; without lifting or correcting. We also proceeded with shadows drawn in a “stipple” style using black ink. This has been a huge success. Next project is learning how to use a ” viewfinder” to zoom in and magnify details.

 

Fifth grade just completed their relief art. This is a medium that is midway between 2D and 3D sculpture. Some students created their symmetrical balanced visual with origami art focusing on movement and balance. Other students used white cone shapes to construct rhythm protruding off of black paper.  Amazing work. Stay tuned for our next team project in sculpture.

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Relief Origami Sculpture

Art with Ms. Michelle

April 2018      Welcome Back!

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March came in like a Lion with Roaring Pastels

The art room was like a lion last month as Kindergarten students enthusiastically watched the roaring snow glide against our windows. This inspired them to  explore the lion portrait using a strong color palette of pastels intertwined with graphic paper. Radial lines and facial expression was the highlight of the lesson. Now the soft and fluffy lamb will be making an appearance, hopefully soon!                                                                                                                                                                    First Grade explored the world of resist. This technique happens when one medium or material is rejected by another creating an interesting texture. Multi shrills of delight were expressed by children as they watched the artist Max Zorn create his amazing tape art. He believes, “Exploration is the key, as art brings imagination to life”. Our students then worked with masking tape and free-form abstract designs. Next, they invented rain scenes using oil pastels that resisted watercolors. Beautiful designs with many original and open-ended stories.

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Oil Pastel Resist

Second graders have been learning about the psychology of colors inspired by artists Josef Albers and Henri Matisse. This discovery helps students learn that various colors have an impact on our emotions, reactions and also the decisions we make with our brain. Blue and green create calm thoughts, red for zesty energy and orange, this helps students keep their attention when  doing homework.

 

Positive /Negative art

Third grade worked on the Principal of Design with a focus on composition and positive and negative space. They also learned how to cast a shadow on each object to create a lift of excitement and dimension to their art.

Our fourth graders continued to work on observational drawing which is learning how to draw realistically. Drawing what they see, not what is in their imagination takes extended discipline and practice.  They have been working on various shading techniques and ways to add shape to cylinders.                             Our fabulous seniors are working on relief sculpture. This is a 2D design that extends outward from the surface. It is half-way between flat and 3 dimensional art. Origami is the skill. Principal of design focus in this project  is on the components; balance, rhythm, movement and unity.  Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible, as long as they follow the guidelines. Working in teams to solve the puzzle is happy experience. Stay tuned for these amazing works of art. Currently in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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 overlaping 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.

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.

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 a contemporary feel featuring cell phones, pizza slices and headphones. Artistically original with humor added.

Worm’s Eye View

Fourth grade learned how to view a vignetted  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.

Fifth grade has been in the process of watercolor techniques as they learn how to depict an atmospheric winter sky and cloud imagery. They explored how to block out certain shapes, create shadows and add texture to birch trees. This art requires bending and a soft touch with their paintbrush as well as their minds. Stay tuned, it looks amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Room – Ms. Michelle

Welcome January 2018

Keeping everyone up-to-date, our prior month was filled with enthusiasm, jingle bells and learning the aesthetics of various holiday cultures. We continued my sequential instruction with the Elements and Principals of Design. These are our building blocks in art that also help to deepen student’s personal expression and develop their skills. Patience was our focus this past month as everyone learned to use this core value by staying calm and turning their “mistakes” into magnificence. It is actually amazing to watch this magic happen! I encourage students to be comfortable with what they don’t like and how to find effective and different solutions to every dilemma. When they practice observing art from various viewpoints they are able to develop their awareness with more opportunities to create.

Kindergaten learned how to work the color wheel as they arranged a diagonal version of Piet Mondrian selecting complementary colors as opposed to primary ones. They also worked with vocabulary words such as angles, edges and overlapping lines to enhance their beautiful coniferous trees.

First grade finalized the bright Laurel Burch cats which are featured in their classrooms. Next students learned about the art of Washi paper design and began an amazing textured paper tree. Designing a balanced triangle shape was a fun problem solving challenge. There are no right or wrong answers in art, just a chance for each student to personally solve their creation.

Second grade discovered how to observe images from the “outside looking in” inspired by Leonardo DaVinci. They used rulers for exaxt measurement to create a window opening. Next students designed coniferous trees in

a warmly lit night scene on the opposite side of stone or brick walls. The illusion of texture, value and glowing intensity was a great learning opportunity for all children.

Third grade worked on New Orleans. One class was happy to create super colorful Mardi Gras masks while the other class learned how to draw a classic French street lamp along the proportion of a street similar to the paintings of Louisiana artist Diane Millsap.

Art history was the focus for the upper grades as they closely observed the style differences between Roman and Gothic architecture and appreciate the beauty in each. They explored this aesthetic culture and then practiced how to create the curved vault ceilings using contrast with symmetry to design a stained glass shape.  Fourth grade deepened their color theory by generating ideas based on repetition and unity. Fifth grade did their version of this historical milestone by manipulating colorful acetate and tin foil for stained glass art.  This gallery collection is on the windows outside of the art room and is absolutely exquisite.

January will be filled with seasonal white and blue as students study the art of perspective. They will view winter imagery such as a snow-person from various angles learning about birds eye, worms eye, and the vanishing point in art. Winter landscape scenes will be explored by learning multiple watercolor techniques for upper grades inspired by the artists Andrew Wyeth and Zoltan Szabo, both American artists.

The Art Room with Ms. Michelle

December 2017

“Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines, color and the relationship between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.”                        -Piet Mondrian                                                                          We continue to learn the concrete fundamental elements of art using step by step instruction combined with practice, practice and practice. The more they do, the better their artistry will develop. I change each subject, media and inspiration from lesson to lesson, however students always work in these three important areas: brainstorming ideas, art making and visual reflection. When they work in this triad of skills, students gain patience, focus, pride and confidence in their work.

Kindergarten students have been exploring various materials creating lines of all types of expression. This month they are inspired by Piet Mondrian and his use of directional (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) lines and primary colors. They enthusiastically learn how to use the color wheel and the various palette combinations to support their individuality.

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First grade loves the art of the feline that is depicted by the delightful artist Laurel Burch. Students learn how to cast their line in a curved shaped to create the cat in a relaxed position. Next they will design patterns of shapes and colors with oil pastels. Stay tuned for this new gallery of work.

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20171127_154940-2.jpgSecond Grade worked exceptionally hard creating watercolors of autumn leaves falling through the sky using the “wet on wet” technique and then casting shadows. They also practiced close observation with  positive and negative space and how to transfer designs accordingly. Their Native American pictographs on a dreamcatcher are the upcoming project.

Third grade is beginning their wonderful cultural experience with Brazil and the beauty depicted in Carnival. They will investigate, explore and create artistry of contour lines, symmetry, enhancements and much, much more.

Fourth Grade has completed their Gustav Klimt metallic portrait designs and they are amazing with radiant details and individual creativity. Look forward to viewing these in their classroom. The next exciting assignment will be generating ideas in regard to the historical culture of stained glass and how it has been featured in Mosques and the Gothic Cathedrals.                                     Stay tuned 20171110_143125.jpgfor this glorious exhibit.

Fifth grade also completed their unconventional artistic portraits inspired by Joseph Cornell. The process included combining cardboard earthtones with relief sculpture in a completely unique style. The next assignment will be very different with a focus on observational drawing and the use of shading, fabric texture and value.

The Art Room with Ms. Michelle

 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.

WELOME BACK! The Art Room is an exciting place this time of year as students join  their old and new friends sharing their wonderful art experiences during the summer.

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I Missed You!

 We begin September by reviewing all the rules of the Art Room, their memories from last year and their goals for this one.  Camaraderie and team spirit are the basis for our first project as  children work together on a school mural called  “ART IS”…   This lesson gives students the opportunity to gain visual introspection and recognize that the concept of art comes in many forms, styles, shapes and sizes.. Every piece of artwork is as unique as the artist and as  Picasso said, “Every child is an artist”.  The execution for this mural is done in the street art style called Graffiti. All students focus on line design learning how to create bold and bubbled fonts. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat are the referenced artists. Colors in patterns and value are added for excitement. Stay tuned as this great mural develops into a group masterpiece.                                 In the weeks ahead all grades will begin their portrait projects. They will explore various mediums, make connections with art history, culture, broaden their art vocabulary, expand self expression, imagination and aesthetic awareness.

 

5th Grade:

Everyone loved this great project in June!

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Creativity on a roll. Students used their imagination to design the Nike of the future. Notice that many have a GPS, headphones and high tech apps along with gorgeous color designs.