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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kindergarten City on the Water

These collages were inspired by looking at many pictures of Venice, Italy. Students looked at the architecture, bridges, and a map of Venice in order to get a feel for what it would be like to live and travel there. They arranged and organized shapes in order to create their own "City on the Water." They cut out their own bridges by following step-by-step directions.

Monday, October 13, 2014

5th Grade Perspective Drawings

Fifth graders are experts on perspective after these drawings! After dissecting perspective photographs with rulers and lines, students created their own one-point perspective by beginning with a vanishing point. they used rulers to create "guidelines" for their objects so they would gradually get smaller as they go into the distance. They used sharpie markers and watercolor pencils to complete their drawings.

Monday, October 6, 2014

4th Grade Name Mandalas

After learning about ancient and modern mandalas, fourth graders created a repeated, radial design by drawing their name in pencil and transferring by graphite rubbing. See if you can figure out the names hidden in their mandalas!

Friday, September 26, 2014

2nd Grade Monet Inspired Paintings

These beautiful works of art might just be one of my favorite lessons of all time. They turned out so beautiful and I get compliments from teachers and visitors in the building all the time.

Second graders learned all about Claude Monet by first using their new devices to watch videos and look at his art on the National Gallery of Art Website. They looked at his style and tried to figure out how he made his art. One student described his work as "messy but neat".

The second day they use watercolors and salt on watercolor paper to make the background. They used blues, purple, and magenta to create the reflections in the water and the sky. The salt gave it a bumpy texture.

Day two they rubbed off the excess salt and used a variety of tools to add all of the plants and other things from nature. Sponges were used on the trees and bushes. They learned how to dab two colors to create shadows and textures. They used paint brushes to make the lily pads and learned how to mix tints and shades of green.

Day three was all about adding the final details and the bridge with oil pastels. They looked closely at Monet's bridge and photos of the real Japanese Bridge from his garden for inspiration.

Overall, this lesson was a great success and touched on all parts of the art making process: research using technology, painting, using different materials and tools, foreground/middle ground/background, art history.