Students have been hard at work expressing their creativity this April. It’s been great getting to see them explore new mediums and begin to gain independence in their creative endeavors. We’ve been working on lines as patterns and texture, 3D space, and different types of self-portraiture. Along with these techniques we have been learning about artists such as Heather Galler and her Folk Art Landscapes and how to illustrate poems from poets such as Maya Angelou. Take a look at what we’ve accomplished in April!
Preschool 4 has been learning all about Spring and how to mix colors. We started April off by designing rainboots and using different tools such as Q-Tips to create a spring tree! This past week we transitioned into color mixing and read about the Mixed-Up Chameleon by the one and only Eric Carle. We then explored the mixing process of making a blue and yellow chameleon turn green!
Kindergarten has also been learning more about spring and using watercolor resist to create a rainy scene complete with a 3D umbrella! They have also learned about tape resists and are working on their “I am…” Paintings to tell us about their personality and the new word, characteristics. We used words such as adventurous, wise, curious, and kind. We will be learning to make stamps in the next few weeks!
Below are some finished self-portraits we worked on at the beginning of April!
First grade has done a wonderful job learning about lines and colors and how to pair them with emotions. There was mutual agreement that feeling silly was definitely a light blue squiggly lines. They are in the process of practicing making textures through lines and creating textured windmills to show off their skills! Stay tuned for May as they are going to start learning all about the Pop Art Movement.
You can find their finished paper weaving that I mentioned from the last post! They did such a great job!
Our second graders have been soaking in the many form of line in self-portraiture. We can now tell the difference between an outline, contour, continuous contour, and are now working on cross-contours. Next we will use cross-contours to segway into optical art that was created during the Pop Art Movement. See their continuous line portraits in sharpie and watercolor below:
Third Grade has made some amazing textured landscapes inspired by the one and only Heather Galler who makes amazing Folk Art. We used bright colors and patterns while using foreground, middle ground, and background in our landscapes. We are now moving on to learn about stained glass windows and are looking at the Rose Window in the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Nasir al-mulk mosque in Iran but also more modern stained glass windows like Gerhard Richter’s Pixel window at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. We can now tell the difference between Gothic and Classical architecture through windows. We are creating our own version of stained glass windows with geometric shapes and analogous colors using foil relief and colored sharpies!
Fourth Grade has finished their amazing Exquisite Corpse prints and have made some pretty cool mashups of animals. Take a look below at some of the finished products! They are now moving onto bookmaking and will learn to illustrate their own poems by discussing Maya Angelou and some painted paper collages that illustrate her works. See the covers they have already designed, also below:
Our fifth graders are hard at work learning about three-dimensional shapes and using the letters of their name to create a paper sculpture! They are learning how perspective works and how sculptures require thought about how all four sides look to the viewer. Very excited to see the finished products!
Last but certainly not least, our sixth graders are finishing up their stop motion animations. They were tasked to create a stop motion out of paper which depicted a transformation of some sort. Their creativity has certainly shown through this process. The month of May is going to be fun filled and jammed pack with end of the year 6th grade activities such as the tradition of tie-dying their PE shirts for field day and decorating their centerpieces for their graduation. Being the new art teacher here, I love how Catholic schools have such fun traditions involved with their creativity! I’ll post pictures and videos soon!