Monday, December 20, 2010

First Grade Complementary Colors

The first graders had fun creating this vibrant art in the style of Piet Mondrian. We studied Mondrian's art and learned that he liked to create simple designs using the primary colors and the neutral colors of white and black. We learned about horizontal and vertical lines and then we used black masking tape to create squares and rectangles on our paper in an interesting pattern. Instead of using traditional primary colors we used the complementary colors of RED and GREEN to create a beautiful holiday look. Our pictures are up down the main halls of the school, the library and the first grade hall. We hope you will come enjoy the beauty of this simple art of contrast.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

3rd Grade Pottery

3rd grade students made pinch pots as well as all the younger students, but they were asked to stretch a little with the design. Many students used tiny detail brushes to create designs in the style of the anasazi and southwest indians. The pottery projects were very beautiful this year.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Kindergarten Pinch Pots

The kindergarten children had a wonderful time making pinch pots from Model Magic clay. First we played with the clay and practiced making spheres in three different sizes. Then we rolled our clay into one large sphere and each child formed their own creation. We added texture and design to our pots with wooden sticks and forks. The following week we painted our pots using fluorescent paint. After we had cleaned up the room we had a special surprise. We turned off the lights and looked at our pots with a black light. All of the children were amazed and thrilled to see their pots magically glow in the special light. The special effect of the light also allowed the children to see things that could not be seen in normal lighting! We also discovered stray paint on fingers, faces and clothing!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2nd and 3rd Grade Fluorescent Geo Beads

We had a great time reviewing basic geometric solid shapes by creating them out of clay. We practiced making spheres, cubes, cylinders, cones, rectangular prisms and triangular prisms. When we were finished making our forms, we made a medallion and a little animal with the leftover clay. The next time we came to art, we painted our beads with this very bright fluorescent paint. We added pattern and design to each bead and then we strung them on a cord to create necklaces that glow under a black light. This has been a favorite project and the paint is just beautiful.