Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The 2nd graders did a fabulous job as they created these amazing pictures in the style of Keith Haring. This lesson had two main correlations with the standard core, self-awareness and also math. In the art part of this lesson, we learned how to draw basic body shapes in proportion by drawing ovals. We drew an oval for the head, a bigger oval for the body, 3 smaller ovals for each arm, and then 3 ovals for each leg. We learned that our body only bends where we have a "joint"... in this case where two of our ovals met. We drew people doing all kinds of fun things. Ideally, the children drew figures doing something that was important to them... something they loved. Then we cut out our figures and glued them down. We tried to overlap the figures to show depth. This was a hard concept for the children to understand, but it was really interesting to see the results. Finally, we created some visual texture by making a beautiful "patterned" floor for our figures to dance on. I love the energy in all of these pictures. In the 2nd picture especially, you can actually see the children playing basketball. The overlapping in this piece of artwork provides so much depth to the picture. It was a little difficult for the children to draw "shadow" people with no expressions, but in the next art lesson we learned to draw a self portrait, and this was an adventure all in itself. Tune in for the next installment!
A few weeks ago, the day after we did our winter scene's in art, I was walking down the first grade hall and I stumbled upon this great pictures and stories created by Mrs. Gerber's class! I was amazed at the pictures and I asked her if she had shown them what to do, and she said no! She asked them to draw a winter picture and they drew the trees, the little deer, bunnies, snowmen and stars that we had created in art. Then they wrote a great little "winter" essay. I was amazed to see how well they remembered how to create "branches" on the tree, the little snowman arms, and the deer antlers!
Ok... this has been one of my favorite projects of all time. Sometimes it seems like all the projects are my favorite, but there is something about 1st graders and little cute animals that just warms your heart. Miss Eberhard's class had been studying penguins the entire month of January and so I asked her if I could test this project with her class. We took the last 1o minutes of their regular art time and I showed them the pictures of little penguins doing fun things in the book "Penguin Pete". I gave each child a little ball of Crayola "Model Magic" clay. We learned how to make penguins with basic forms. First we made a little egg shape, then we added little wings, feet, and a nose. If the children had extra clay, they made little baby penguins. After allowing the penguins to dry for a week, the children came back, painted their penguins and then we added little google eyes. Later, we added a coat of sealer to give them a nice shine.
If you have walked down the hall by the art room lately, you will have noticed these captivating art prints created by the Kindergarten children at East Elementary. We learned about the wind and the sun as we read the book "Dona Flor" by Pat Mora. We finger-painted spirals and curvy lines on white boards using either warm or cool colors and then we made “prints” of our spirals by putting paper on top of our paint. The children were amazing as they learned this very early form of printing. When we left class we "became the wind" as we floated quietly down the hall. The children loved this activity and the resulting artwork is just beautiful.
Core Tie-in: Literacy
Art Concepts: Cool Colors and Warm Colors
Vocabulary: Cool, Warm, Texture
We had fun combining shapes and simple lines to create these beautiful pencil drawings of birds perched in a tree complete with leaves and berries. This drawing lesson come from the book "Teaching Children to Draw" by Mona Brooks. This is a great resource for parents and for teachers. The children are so excited when they finish their picture and see what they have drawn. This is a favorite lesson for both teachers and students.
Core Tie-in: Literacy, Science, Nature
Art Concepts: Line, Shape, Organic
Vocabulary Words: Line, Shape, Wing, Beak, Berries, Feathers
Friday, February 4, 2011
The first grade art projects created during January were beautiful! Each group of classes selected their own "winter" themed art project and then each class displayed their artwork in the gym as decorations for the first grade program. If you get a chance, come visit the school and see all the beautiful work while it is still up. I am going to share a few highlights about each art project.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
The first grade had a wonderful time mixing and blending cool icy colors as they created this beautiful watercolor painting of a snowflake dancing in a river of blue. We had a wonderful time looking at actual photographs of snowflakes, reading stories about snow and talking about how a snowflake is formed. The theme for the first grade program was "WINTER" and every 1st grader created a snowflake picture to help set the mood for a frigid January in the Uintah Basin.
In a very interesting extension, Mrs. Gordon, a 2nd grade teacher at East, taught her 2nd graders how to change their cool color painting into 3-D art. Her children cut their original painting into 4 equal strips and then glued them on construction paper in a bumpy pattern. They were really concerned about "ruining" their picture but she assured them that it would turn out great! These look fabulous!