2nd grade pastel resist drawings.
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!
Robot sculptures created by 2nd graders with our fabulous student teacher from Pratt! This project focused on creating a connection between form & function. Students gave their robots jobs and they had to design it with parts that could help it to do its job. The first robot pictured is a pizza making robot. The last robot is also a food making robot. Notice the serving tray arms on the side.
It’s been a while since I posted work coming out of the self-directed classes with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Only one of these pieces was based on a demonstration I presented as an option (Found object face, 7th from the top). Sometimes I worry that the quality of work or themes explored might suffer in a self-directed setting, that students won’t challenge themselves or think as creatively without more teacher direction. After searching through work for this post I feel reassured that this is not the case. Cause check out this awesome stuff! More to come soon around how I assess a self directed art class.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade Choice Drawing Projects. How about those metallic sharpie markers?!?! Amazing right?
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.
Mixed media transportation projects. We printed the clouds with bubble wrap and the street with toy cars. Students drew imaginary or realistic forms of transportation and cut them out and glued them to their prints.
This was a lesson that I did a demo for during their choice art time, some students participated and some students continued their own choice art projects.
These are our “Best in Show” winners at the art show (top to bottom: K,1,2,3,4). All of the students visited the art show last Friday and voted. I schedule their visits so that older students visited with younger students and partnered up to help each other vote. It was a really great seeing the kids working together and helping each other.
The art show!
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade art displays at the art show!
Today was Creativity Day! The art show was open for families in the gym and a whole bunch of art projects were happening in the cafeteria (which I’ll blog about later this week). For the 2nd year in a row we raffled off artwork created by each class at our school. Our music teacher donated guitars that he was replacing and students custom painted them (I did touch ups and polyurethaned them). Students took turns during art class adding to the designs. 4th-2nd grade created abstract pieces, though 3rd and 4th focused on symmetry. 1st grade focused on lines and Kinder created fish drawings that I decoupaged on because they have been studying aquatic life. From top to bottom 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, Kinder.
Mandalas created with 1st and 2nd grade after school club. This was a spontaneous project. After watching a video of how sand mandalas are made and looking at several other examples of mandalas students were asked to practice making mandalas on their own. After working for 10 minutes we then made giant mandalas as a table group.
While students worked on their large scale pieces we also worked on a sand mandala on one of the free tables. At first I was going to have students use their hands to sprinkle sand, but that would have been a disaster, so I pulled out my trusty squeeze bottles. I cut the tips off to give them a larger opening so the sand could come out easier, and filled them up with the help of a funnel. It worked like a charm!
2nd grade has begun choice based art making a few weeks back. So far they have the drawing, painting, and collage centers open. 2nd grade is so full of ideas they want to create imagery of.
eggie and fruit portraits. Second graders learned all about Giuseppe Arcimboldo who was an italian Renassaince artist. Learn more about this famous artist in a video in the next post.