Recent bulletin boards. 1st grade paper weavings and mandala drawings and kindergarten body portraits.
Recent outdoor art. 4th graders created giant outdoor tessellations in teams. 1st and 2nd graders created chalk and baby powder stencils. The courtyard smelled great!
1st grade oil pastel shapes inspired by Jim Dine.
Mandala Drawings created by 1st graders. For this project students began by learning about a variety of religious & artist mandalas. We watched a video of Buddhist monks creating a sand mandala, we looked at rose windows in churches, and last we looked at examples of artist mandalas. After analyzing what makes a mandala a mandala, students began creating their own.
We worked on black paper with construction paper crayons (These are different than regular crayons. They worked particularly well on colored paper.) Students first drew a target to create the different rings of the mandala. Then they began created patterns within each ring. Last, students cut out their completed mandalas.
ABC Jumble Drawings by 1st grade.
First grade collagraphs.
First graders just completed one of my all time favorite projects: Eric Carle Collages. First students create patterned tissue paper with tempera paint. We use a variety of brushes and stamps. Then we use the patterned paper to create animals, plants, or bugs. This year we have a dragon in the mix, a butterfly drinking nectar, and a pregnant cat (at the bottom). AMAZING!
Quilling with 1st graders! This is one of my favorite 1st grade art projects. this year I stretched it a bit more. We reviewed the variety of lines we learned as kindergarteners (check out that project here). Then we looked at some examples of artists who use quilling in their work like Lisa Nilsson. Students then created their own quilling projects focusing on line. Students who needed an extra challenge are encouraged to create shapes. This took 2 classes. During the last half of the second day, we did observational drawings of our quillings and discussed the difference between 2D and 3D work.
At the beginning of every year students create self portraits in the art studio. This year they created collage self portraits. Younger grades were given oil pastels to add facial features. Older grades were encouraged to add 3 dimensional elements. They did an amazing job. These are all on display the whole year above their classroom door.